Based on the simple aesthetics used for military watches in the 1930s, the new Longines Heritage Military 1938 collection, presented at BaselWorld 2013, ensures easy reading thanks to the large white Arabic numerals and the railway minute circle which stand out against the black background of the dial.
The fluted crown accentuates the vintage look and merges nicely with the simple round case.
The collection is comprised of three stainless steel versions. The three hands model - with a diameter of 40 mm - offers the cleaner design except for the date aperture which we find just too close to the 3 numeral.
The GMT version, characterized by the red hand for the second time zone, comes in a larger 42 mm case.
Finally, the two-counters chronograph - 30-minute at 3 o'clock and small seconds at 9 o'clock - is also available in a 42 mm case.
All the three models adopt self-winding ETA calibres beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and are water resistant to 30 mt. Sapphire crystals are treated with anti-reflection coating. The watches are completed by a black synthetic strap stitched in white.
Prices start from $1,600 for the three-hands up to $2,500 for the chronograph.