Review Longines Flagship Heritage Cream-ish Color Dial Watch Replica

Longines is one of a few companies who still have a huge historical archive of all watches to ever leave their factory with the Longines branding. This means they are masters at creating watches which accurately represent models from their past. Over the years the Flagship collection from Longines has worn many hats, with plenty of variation, however, the Flagship Heritage embodies everything the range has offered over its existence.

It’s been some years since the release of the Longines Flagship Heritage watch replica L4.795.4.78.2, it embodies three factors that make the brand such a global presence: its design is inspired by the brand’s own history while being thoroughly modern in its construction; it’s finished impeccably; and finally, it’s price of $1,675. So let me explain to you in detail now.

 

The History

The brand has been under the leadership of Mr. Walter von Känel since 1988. He’s always understood that, at this price point, there is a huge global market with very diverse tastes. However, the common thread remains that Longines is a brand with distinct knowledge of its history and the power of the Swatch group behind it, allowing finishing quality (and access to ETA movements) that other brands simply can’t feasibly provide for the price.

Watches like the Heritage Skin Diver, Avigation BigEye, Conquest VHP, Miltary COSD, and Heritage Diver 1967 (I could keep going) have gotten a lot of attention from watch media in the past few years. I love all these watches, but there is something to be said about Longines’ more demure, yet no less impressive, dress watches. Considering how many people are buying these Longines dress watches, it would be a disservice to our audience to neglect them.

The Case

The replica Longines Heritage watch was introduced in 1957, and this contemporary Flagship Heritage carries a lot of visual cues and design choices from a few vintage models while making the necessary adjustments for contemporary tastes and preferences. Case size is increased, but I think, at 38.5mm-wide and 10.25mm-thick with a 46mm lug-to-lug, it hits that Goldilocks “just right” size for a modern dress watch.

For some reason, Longines describes the dial as being “silver” but I think it’s closer to a very light cream color. It’s a mellow, subtle tone that nails the “vintage-inspired” aesthetic while staying far, far away from precarious fauxtina. The applied indices and Longines wings logo have some nice details and chamfering, which goes a very long way in contributing to how this watch really looks and feels like something a notch or two above its price point. The lugs also have decorative chamfering and serve as another subtle but refined touch.

Longines Flagship Heritage replica L4.795.4.78.2
Longines Flagship Heritage replica L4.795.4.78.2

Cream-ish Color Dial

One of the great things about this watch is definitely the dial. A cream-ish color dial with gilt hour markers and dauphine hands. The applied Longines logo and hour markers immediately remind you of those wonderful 1950s and 1960s watches and images appear in our imagination of people performing painstaking work in those years by applying these indexes by hand. That’s not all, the used typography (or font) on the dial telling us it is a Flagship watch with an automatic movement also is a nod to those post-War decades. Don Draper could be wearing one in the TV hit series Mad Men.

The hands of the Flagship really contribute heavily to the watches classic design. Gold alpha hands play with the light because of yet again, attractive chamfered details. A very thin line of lume can be found on these hands ensuring you’ll be able to enjoy the Flagship as the evening progresses. The Longines replica goes a step further with the gold colourings by also tying in their winged logo and short sub seconds hand.

Staying with the subdial for a moment, and its decision to avoid adding second markers. This approach really adds to the watches simplicity, once again bringing in the dress watch DNA.

We also get a date function at 6 o’clock on the Flagship which is framed nicely with the second’s track, sitting on the end of those long indices rather than sitting at the edge of the dial. As this is a modern watch, we see sapphire crystal feature to really compliment how wearable this watch really is.

Longines Flagship Heritage replica L4.795.4.78.2
The Dial

Case Back

One of the other cool features is the case back. Flipping the watch over we see a great looking caseback and, if you’re familiar with Flagship models over the years you’ll feel right at home on this Heritage model. Unique enamel art depicting a large ship can be seen sitting on a gold coloured centralised ring. The movement in the Longines Flagship Heritage replica is the L615 Automatic movement from Longines. This movement comes with a very respectable 42 hours of power reserve vibrating at 28,800 vph. It gets the job done as a tried and true movement, but it’s not going to make for a nice exhibition caseback view without some serious modifications. The closed caseback deals with that, though.

Longines Flagship Heritage replica L4.795.4.78.2 case back
Longines Flagship Heritage replica L4.795.4.78.2

The Alligator Strap

The strap is a genuine alligator strap and comes with a nice and elegant stainless steel pin buckle with the Longines logo. The alligator strap is a bit padded and has relatively large scales. To be honest we’d might have preferred a crocodile strap with small scales, the ones you see often on dress watches. However, we are also convinced that people will wear this watch not only as dress watch but as an all-rounder so an alligator strap is perhaps just that. More all-round.

Details

Brand: Longines

Model: Flagship Heritage ref. L4.795.4.78.2 replica

Size: 38.5mm-wide, 46mm lug-to-lug, 10.5mm-thick

Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone who wants or needs a dress watch that has timeless design but with modern finishing and construction. Or a casual buyer who wants one versatile and traditional watch to wear until they hand it down.

Best characteristic of watch: The finishing on the case and dial.

Worst characteristic of watch: The 42-hour power reserve

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