Despite the long lugs, I found the Longines Heritage Military COSD perfectly comfortable on wrist. While I generally prefer a lug to lug length under 50mm, the Longines Heritage Military COSD’s lugs slope nicely and when combined with the simple-but-effective NATO strap resulting in a total weight of just 76g, make for a comfy and wearable watch on my seven-inch wrist. Speaking of the NATO, Longines’ own option is nice, with simple polished hardware and a signed buckle. Even if you only buy the NATO version to keep the cost down, the nylon is a comfortable look that matches the Longines Heritage Military COSD’s military lineage. If you don’t care for NATOs, the Longines Heritage Military COSD’s simple case shape looks great on a variety of straps, especially vintage leather.
Not unlike the Legend Diver, the Longines Heritage Military COSD manages to feel even better on wrist than I expected. Even though I’m not wild about the polished case or the date display, the Longines Heritage Military COSD is casual, fun, and the sparse dial design allows the blued steel hands to shine without competition. Those of you familiar with my reviews will know that I have, in the past, fallen prey to the charms of a vintage-inspired design, and the Longines Heritage Military COSD is quirky, endearing, and easy to wear.
Given its long lugs and polished case, I’d recommend that if you’re interested, you experience the Longines Heritage Military COSD in person so you can try it on for yourself. While I really like the case shape, the legible and classic dial design and the history to which the Longines Heritage Military COSD refers, I can’t shake the feeling that a simple brushed finish would really complete the military aesthetic. I wish Longines had stayed closer to the original design, with a matte case, no date, and a clearer tribute to the original handset. That having been said, the polished case is a matter of taste, and both the date and the handset are nicely executed and work well with the updated design.
Available in both a black dial or the silver dial shown here, the Longines Heritage Military COSD starts at $1,700 USD on the olive green NATO or $1,900 on a leather strap. At well under two grand, from a legit Swiss manufacturer, with a solid movement and nicely detailed design, there is a lot to love about the Longines Heritage Military COSD. If you enjoy a field watch and a bit of legacy military design, the new Longines Heritage Military COSD should impress. If not, feel free to roll up your sleeves and start hunting for a 2340. longines.com
>Model: Heritage Military COSD
>Size: 40mm x 10mm x 52mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: The guy or gal wanting a casual, military-inspired, and classic watch for everyday wear.
>Best characteristic of watch: Excellent dial design and overall proportions.
>Worst characteristic of watch: The fully polished case.