Longines made their way into the elusive billion-dollar watch brand club ($1 billion+ in annual sales revenue) during the last decade, largely because of attractive re-edition timepieces that pay homage to their storied past. The company’s Heritage line continues to impress and to start off the new decade they’ve introduced perhaps their best-looking chronograph from the collection to date.

Introducing the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946, presented in a 40 mm diameter stainless steel case with a silvery opaline dial printed with black italicized “Dolphin” Arabic numerals, a black minute/second chapter ring, blued leaf and baton-shaped hands, a 30-minute chronograph counter at 9, and 60-second small seconds subdial at 3.

Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946

Underneath the retro snap-on steel caseback, is a modern ETA A31.L21 automatic movement that beats at 4Hz and has a 54-hour power reserve. The caseback is engraved with a winged hourglass motif (the company’s historic logo), encircled with “EF Co LONGINES” which stands for Ernest Francillon, who ran Longines beginning in 1852.

Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 caseback

The Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 comes on a black leather strap with steel pin buckle. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial. Flat-pushers operate the chronograph. Water-resistance is 30 meters. (Ref. L2.827.4.73.0)

Retail is $3,050. Learn more at Longines.

Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph next to 1946 original


Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.