Longines expands its Heritage range with the Classic Chronograph 1946

By Montredo in Lifestyle
January 23, 2020
Longines expands its Heritage range with the Classic Chronograph 1946
Longines Classic Chronograph 1946
Extension of the Heritage range: Classic Chronograph 1946© Longines

Retro-look models continue to be very popular with watch lovers, so it’s not surprising that watch brand Longines is expanding its Heritage range in 2020. With the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946, the watch community can look forward to a new take on a chronograph from the 1940s. Longines has been browsing its archives for a number of years and has released one watch hit after the other, covering the history of the brand quite broadly.

Return to the glory days

Longines Classic Chronograph 1946
Old versus new © Longines

The source of inspiration for the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 goes back to a time when Longines made some of the best chronographs in the world and, in the case of the 13ZN caliber, set a milestone in the history of watchmaking.

The 1946 chronograph now offered stays true to the Heritage philosophy rather than representing a groundbreaking new design; it is indeed aesthetically a relatively faithful replica of the historical model. The watch has a domed, opalescent silver-colored dial and two recessed counters for the 30 minutes and the small seconds. The hours are displayed with Arabic Dauphin digits. Under the 12 appears LONGINES in typography from the time of the original. Feuille hands of blued steel complete the overall picture. The whole thing is enclosed in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 40mm, and protected by an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watch comes on a vintage-style leather strap.

New technology in a proven package

Longines Classic Chronograph 1946
Elegance meets history.

On the inside ticks the Longines caliber L895.5 (ETAA31.L21), which movement is in turn based on the ETA 2892-A2 automatic winder. The modifications increase the power reserve to 54 hours, which is an area where Longines and the Swatch Group generally excel. Existing movements are modified into new brand-specific versions offering improved specifications – a good way to increase the value of the timepiece. Since many of these movements are based on long-established calibers, future service should not particularly be a problem.

The watch will be available for € 2,850.00. Find out more here about our range of Heritage models from Longines!