Longines has a long history with aviation and a recent success with reissuing timepieces from the early to mid twentieth century. For Baselworld 2014, the brand is releasing another hat-tip to its history with the Longines Heritage 1935, an homage to a watch supplied to the Czechoslovakian Air Force from 1935-1947 and immortalized by collectors as the “Longines CAF.”
For the most part, Longines was able to stay true to the original CAF. For the reissue, Longines barely upped the cushion-shaped case size to 42mm, but it’s important to note that the original CAF had a 41mm dial, which in the 1930s was decidedly gigantic. Even the 1930s original has a 24mm lug width, an indication of how bold the sizing of the original was. Large SuperLumiNova-coated Arabic numerals adorn the perimeter of the dial.
Just like the original, the Heritage 1935 features pear skeleton hands, however, with rhodium plating. One key missing feature would be the triangle attached to a rotating bezel that was useful as a timing instrument. You may or may not appreciate the date; although it’s symmetrical, its presence is not true to its inspiration.
Inside the Heritage 1935 is a caliber L615, which utilizes a base caliber ETA 2895-2, a 27-jewel movement with a small seconds feature and 42 hours power reserve. A slightly domed sapphire crystal protects the dial and the watch is water resistant to 30 meters. It comes on a black alligator strap with tang buckle.