In recent years, Longines had been busy spawning new timepieces for their Heritage collection. Notably, this collection has been capturing the hearts of many watch collectors, all thanks to its good value for money proposition and its charming vintage looks. This time, Longines had done it again, with the Longines Heritage Military COSD (Combined Operations Stores Depot).
The Heritage Military COSD, interestingly, is based on a timepiece with a rich provenance. This watch is inspired by the military wristwatches that were issued to the British Special Forces in 1940s, intended for the Combined Operations Command during the Second World War, and it was generally well-received by the paratroopers back then.
The remake remains authentic to its original appearance. The dial, for instance, boasts both the large Arabic numerals and a red 24-hour scale. It is, additionally, paired with a railway-track minute ring to reemphasize its military roots. On top of that, it features a broad arrow, and that interestingly is a symbol used traditionally in heraldry, most notably in England, and later by the United Kingdom Government to mark government property.
The watch is fitted with the Calibre L619.2, a self-winding movement that features a date complication and a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
The 40mm stainless steel timepiece is fitted with a khaki NATO strap, to replicate the military looks. It is robust, and they were designed specially to meet the military standards. It is available on a black leather strap as well. We will be getting hands-on time with this new release in the coming BaselWorld 2016, and will make a detailed review on this rather attractive watch.