With my coverage of <$2,000 watches the majority of the past week, it's time to change things up a little. The newest Longines retails at $2,500. This watch, as the name suggests, is a reissue of the popular design from the 1930's. Originally intended for use by pilots this watch ended up being more popular with the general public. However, this watch definitely has a pilot vibe to it. Stemming from the highly legible dial with large arabic numerals to the hand choice everything just looks like a "cliche" pilot watch. At the heart of the 42mm cushion-style case beats the L615 movement, which is based off of the ETA 2895-2. The black alligator strap matches the dial and gives the watch a good, dressy look. However, like most other pilot watches it will look good on a variety of straps, so the possibilities of this watch are endless. It is really up to the strap to decide what occasion this watch should be worn to. I can't believe I'm saying this but the 1935 may be the watch for all occasions (depending on strap choice of course). There are many subtle details found on this watch including, but not limited to: the beveling on the case, the small branding on the dial, and the multiple layers of AR coating on the sapphire crystal. Since this is a pilot watch, it probably won't be seeing any water so the case is water resistant to 30m (splash resistant). I love how Longines kept the outside design as original as possible but gave us all the modern features we have come to expect from a watch of this caliber. The mixing of the new and the old on the Longines Heritage 1935 was very well executed and Longines did a very good job.
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