Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale
The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale is the latest model from Saint-Imier. It’s inspired by a former military watch, reference 5774, previously issued to French Naval personnel. It combines period charm with present-day know-how.
Founded in 1832, Longines has a rich history populated with a plethora of characterful models. Over the last few months, the Swiss brand has repeatedly released new recreations of former references. Indeed, based on Longines prolific output recently, I cannot help but feel sorry for those poor souls at the brand’s headquarters in Saint-Imier who’ve been burning the midnight oil of late. However, they should pat themselves on the back as the firm’s recent Heritage pieces have all been superb.
Longines has recognised that many potential owners favour the look of vintage watches but don’t like patination or anything less than showroom-fresh perfection. Likewise, some prospective purchasers find it difficult to procure a reliable vintage watch with good provenance at a price they can afford. The Heritage collection sates the desires of this group of potential owners with exquisitely styled watches, often harnessing modern-day technology, available at very keen prices.
Yesterday, the Swiss brand unveiled the Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale, based on the reference 5774 once issued to crews of the French Navy. This latest model taps into a market segment which remains buoyant, namely that of vintage military watches. These modern-day recreations don’t have faded dials, scratched Plexiglas or tired movements; they are pristine.
The original 5774 measured 33.5mm in diameter, however, Longines has shrewdly acknowledged present-day tastes, housing the Heritage Military Marine Nationale in a 38.5mm stainless steel case. The dial is presented in a sandblasted golden beige and features Arabic numerals paired with blued steel hands. The judicious application of Super-LumiNova augments nocturnal legibility and the model is fitted with a tough sapphire crystal box. At the heart of the watch is an automatic movement, the Calibre L888 featuring high-tech silicium technology.
The brand’s press release (August 2020)