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Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale

Warm colours and a streamlined dial for this reinterpretation

There was a time not so long ago, in the middle of the 20th century, when the Longines watch referenced as 5774, proudly served the crews of the French Navy, in particular when diving in shallow waters. Longines has drawn from its rich history and archives to revive this timepiece. With its warm colours and subdued dial, the Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale respects the strong design of its original model, namely by featuring its counterweight seconds hands.

Heritage Military Marine Nationale

The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale © Longines

With its cognac leather strap and its golden opaline dial, The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale stays true to the military watch from which it draws its inspiration, while meeting today’s aesthetic and technical requirements. The shape of the counterweight seconds hands, a detail rare in Longines watches, adds to the aesthetics of this timepiece.

Heritage Military Marine Nationale

The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale © Longines

This 38.50mm-diameter timepiece is a reimagining of a timekeeper created at the time exclusively for the French Navy, who in 1947 asked Longines to provide its crews with watches that were both tough and precise. The result was an original 33.50 mm diameter model featuring a robust case and bezel typical of military models, housing Longines's historical 12.68N movement.

These timepieces were identified using the letters “M. N.” for Marine Nationale, engraved on the back of the case. As for the dial, it bore the words “Longines FAB. SUISSE”, for Swiss made (Fabrique Suisse). These two distinctive features are repeated on the current timepiece, which in order to preserve the face of the original watch, does not offer a date window.

Heritage Military Marine Nationale

The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale © Longines

Also in the spirit of the original timepiece, the back of the current version is screwed, and a domed sapphire crystal “box” sits atop the lightly grained dial with hour circle and hands coated with brown Super-LumiNova®.

The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale houses an automatic movement, the L888.5 calibre with a silicon balance spring, developed exclusively for Longines. This new Longines release will charm fans of Heritage watches — timepieces defined by the stories they tell.

 

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