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When I started looking for a ‘serious’ watch, often referred to as a timepiece, I could never have foreseen how much I would learn. Bezels, dials, crowns, jewels, movement types, case sizes, watches for different purposes…

The watch world is complicated and there are so many options to choose from. Where to start? I went about it quite impulsively, just deciding where to point my browser based on perceived importance of brand names and looks. I wanted something classic and stylish, more formal than sporty.

After a bit of web surfing I ran into Longines. I browsed this company’s web site and found the Longines Heritage Flagship. A proper and stylish dress watch. Just what I was looking for.

The Longines Heritage line builds on classic Longines designs from the past. The first Flagship dates back to 1957. Over the years there have been many iterations. So far I like this latest one the best.

So I ordered it and picked it up at a jewellery store. I was not at all ready for what would happen next. After a rather pleasant unboxing, I quickly put it on my wrist and went about my day, often checking it and taking in the details.

After a while and several adjustments I noticed I had the buckle using the last hole in on the strap. After a day or two the temperature went up and I noticed the strap was a bit on the tight side. And wasn’t this watch a bit small for my wrist?

I decided to return it an opted for a Longines Master chronograph, but I kept thinking of the Heritage Flagship. As I grew more accustomed to wearing a watch again, I learned that a proper dress watch isn’t huge and attention grabbing. It’s a watch that is supposed to slip under the cuff of your shirts. It is supposed to be elegant and understated, not huge and shiny.

In the end I went back to jewellery store and ordered it again with the extra long strap. It’s great that Longines offers longer straps. Many watch brands don’t offer this service.

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