Currently, the Longines military collection has two models. However, over the decades, the company has developed several replica watches for different military organizations. Here is a brief overview of the two watches currently in production: the Heritage Military ref. L2.822.214.171.124 and the Heritage Military Marine Nationale ref. L2.8126.96.36.199.
Let’s take a look at the Heritage Military ref. L2.8188.8.131.52. We wouldn’t blame you for mistaking this watch for a genuine Longines vintage, as the attention to detail is truly remarkable. Take a look at the dial, and you’ll see that Longines has given it an aged look, with random hand-painted spots designed to resemble typical signs of aging. The beige hue, vintage lettering, and bold chapter ring are also reminiscent of 1940s RAF timepieces. Blue hands and an onion-shaped crown tie this redesigned pilot’s exact replica watches together. At the same time, Longines has equipped the watch with a modern, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and the self-winding caliber L88 with a 72-hour power reserve. A perfect blend of vintage and modern.
The Heritage Military Marine Nationale follows similar design guidelines as the Heritage Military, with a practical stainless steel case and warm tones on the dial. However, while the Heritage Military was based on a watch produced for the Royal Air Force during World War II, this model was developed for the French Navy after the war with the original model ref. 5774 developed for the French Navy after the war. It is more significant than its 33 mm muse, with a diameter of 38.5 mm, but is still relatively compact by today’s standards.
However, the dial is virtually identical, featuring similar railroad chapter rings, Arabic hour markers, and even similar hands. The dial also has the exact text, “Fab. Suisse”, which is French for “Swiss Made.” It also features the same modern upgrades as its British-inspired counterpart, with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and the same L888 movement.
Indeed, the reissued replica watches usa are not for everyone. They feature vintage designs and cater to a very niche market. However, if the aesthetic design of a tribute watch appeals to you, there is nothing better than the Longines Heritage Military collection.