These days you hardly see sector dials anymore. If you are a fan, the only way you could get your hands on one of these was through a great vintage find like a Universal Geneve Polerouter or famously with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 25th Anniversary. Thankfully, Longines has just unveiled a brand new watch designed with the vintage cues of the 1930s, and yes it does come with a very stylish sector dial. Introducing the Longines Heritage Classic.
In the case of the sector dial, these design elements were founded with the principle of dividing up the 12-hour circle into sectors with varying indicators, thus making it easier for the wearer to read the time more accurately. There are early examples of trench watches having this kind of design but the trend peaked only around the 1930s. According to an article by Revolution, these sector dials of old lost its appeal sometime around the 1960s when watch design started taking on a more modern stance.
Fast forward to 2019 and the latest addition to the Longines Heritage collection digs into the design ethos of the 1930s to offer a sector dial with the affordable luxury pricetag of Longines. The sector dial sits on a silvered opaline disk and is contrasted by blued steel hands. Unlike other additions to the Heritage collection that usually see an increase in case size compared to the original, the stainless steel case of the Longines Heritage Classic keep a relatively decent diameter of 38.5mm. Although in the 1930s, the watch would most probably have been about 35 or 37mm, we’re not complaining about 38.5mm.
Underneath the dial, the watch is powered by the Longines Calibre 893 (ETA A31.501) movement, that has been designed exclusively for the watches of the Heritage collection, thus offering no date wheel and the ability to have a small seconds indicator. Like most of the new movements from Longines, this movement also comes with a silicon balance spring.
Case: Stainless steel
Case size: 38.5mm
Crystal: Boxed sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Movement: Longines Calibre 893 (ETA A31.501)
Water Resistance: 30m
Price: MYR 8,340