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The 9 Best Longines Watches to Buy in 2024

By Vaseline May27,2024

With a history dating back almost two hundred years, Longines already makes some of the best watches in Switzerland. terribly long time. Worn by some of the world’s most famous individuals and responsible for more than its fair share of technical innovations, Longines watches remain synonymous with quality, precision and strong value among collectors today.

However, with such an important legacy and a sufficiently extensive catalog to match, figuring out exactly which Longines watch suits you best isn’t exactly easy.

In that spirit, below I have put together a selection of the best Longines watches on the market: ranging from ultra-rugged divers to elegantly refined dress watches.

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Longines HydroConquest GMT

ADVANTAGES

  • Sporty case size of 41 mm
  • Functional GMT design
  • Good color options including green, blue, black and brown

Cons

  • Solid back means movement is not visible

$4,900 at longines.com

The Longines HydroConquest is a favorite collection within the Boss hunt office for years, but it was the launch of the Longines HydroConquest GMT that cemented its position as the perfect everyday diver.

Not only does it continue to offer the rugged case and comfortable bracelet we already knew and loved, but with the addition of the GMT multi-time zone tracking feature, the HydroConquest becomes an even better package.

Available in a 43mm or 41mm case size (the 41mm wears slightly better for most people in our experience), the crown guards add to the “go anywhere, do anything” qualities of this watch; while a satin brushed finish has been applied to the lugs and case flanks. The sunray brushed dial is framed by a scratch-resistant ceramic 60-minute bezel, with markers matched to the tone of the hands and hour markers on the dial.

You can choose from a matching satin-brushed stainless steel bracelet, a rubber strap or a textile NATO strap, the first two of which are micro-adjustable. If regular NATO is a little too simple for your taste, Longines has collaborated with Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung First Nations artist Otis Hope Carey to create a range of colorful alternatives inspired by his art.

If you’re looking for a watch that you can wear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter how you spend your days, then the Longines HydroConquest GMT is a must-have. top from your list.


The best Longines watches to add to your collection in 2024

Longines Master Collection small seconds

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 38.5 mm
  • Case thickness: 10.2 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: steel
  • Material bracelet/strap: leather
  • Dial color: Salmon
  • Water resistance: 30 meters
  • Movement: L893 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

If the HydroConquest GMT is one of the best value sports watches for its price, then the Longines Master Collection Small Seconds is also one of the nicest dress watches for under $5,000.

Upon arriving with your choice of a salmon, black or gray dial, the Breguet numerals appear instantly engraved; while the small seconds hand at 6 o’clock is one of the best proportioned contemporary examples I have seen in a long time.

Equipped with an automatic movement with 72 hours of reserve power, combined with a supple leather strap that brings the design together very well. Honestly, hard to fault.


Longines Legend diver

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 39 mm
  • Case thickness: 12.7 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: steel
  • Material bracelet/strap: steel
  • Dial color: Black
  • Water resistance: 300 meters
  • Movement: L888 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

Featuring a 1950s supercompressor double-crown shape, the Legend Diver is based on a mid-century Longines dive watch with a compact and ultra-legible design.

While we’ve seen several versions of the Legend Diver over the past fifteen years, this latest generation, with a 39mm stainless steel case and a remarkably comfortable rice bead bracelet, is perhaps the most put together version yet.


Longines Ultra-Chron diver

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 43 mm
  • Case thickness: 13.6 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: ceramic
  • Material bracelet/strap: steel
  • Dial color: Black
  • Water resistance: 300 meters
  • Movement: L836.6 caliber
  • Power reserve: 52 hours

Another historic reissue, but this time with an emphasis on accuracy, the Longines Ultra-Chron Diver is based on a late 1960s timepiece equipped with a ‘hi-beat’ movement: so named because it ticked away at 10 vibrations per minute. second (i.e. 36,000 beats per hour).

This modern interpretation (one of our favorite watches of 2022) has the more contemporary proportions of a 43mm stainless steel case and a water resistance of 300 meters, while still being powered by a hi-beat movement – ​​in the updated power reserve of 52 hour L836. 6 caliber.


Longines Spirit Zulu Time

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 39 mm
  • Case thickness: 13.5 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: ceramic
  • Material bracelet/strap: steel
  • Dial color: Blue
  • Water resistance: 100 meters
  • Movement: L844.4 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

When the Longines Spirit collection was first launched, the historically informed yet modern design elements were promising, which we got a good glimpse of when the original Longines Spirit Zulu Time was released.

But once again Longines decided to give the people what they wanted with the latest generation Longines Spirit Zulu Time, featuring a beautifully proportioned 39mm stainless steel case (with a two-tone yellow gold option available), a ceramic bezel and a symmetrically arranged case. date window at 6 o’clock.

In short: a slam dunk of a design.


Longines flagship Heritage Moonphase

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 38.5 mm
  • Case thickness: 12.4 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: steel
  • Material bracelet/strap: leather
  • Dial color: Blue
  • Water resistance: 30 meters
  • Movement: L899 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

In terms of balance and proportion of watch design, Longines is better than most in 2024 and the flagship Heritage Moonphase is a brilliant example of this harmony in the metal: a chic timepiece, with an attractive date, and elegantly executed moon phase at 6 o’clock . clock.

Despite its 38.5mm diameter, it wears larger thanks to the elongated, carefully faceted lugs: adorned with a combination of brushed and polished finishes for a great visual effect.


Longines HydroConquest

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 41 mm
  • Case thickness: 11.9 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: ceramic
  • Bracelet/strap material: rubber
  • Dial color: Green
  • Water resistance: 300 meters
  • Movement: L888 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

This isn’t the latest generation of Longines HydroConquest, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic timepiece from every angle: with an attractive green dial and one of the more comfortable matching rubber straps we’ve used this year.

The 41mm steel case is kept impressively slim at just 11.9mm from front to back, while being built to handle anything: thanks to 300m water resistance and a movement that stores up to 72 hours of reserve power.

All things considered, with price being an important factor, you are looking at a very attractive package.


Longines Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 38 mm
  • Case thickness: 12.3 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: steel
  • Material bracelet/strap: leather
  • Dial color: Cream
  • Water resistance: 50 meters
  • Movement: L896 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

One of Longines’ more recent releases, the Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve, is based on the Longines Conquest ref. 9001 from 1954 and features the relatively unusual detail of the movement’s power reserve, proudly displayed in the center of the dial. Combined with the symmetrically placed date at 12 o’clock, gold dial furniture that adds to the warmth of the already creamy dial, and a classic black leather strap, you have a very solid offering here.


Longines conquest

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case diameter: 41 mm
  • Case thickness: 10.9 mm
  • Case material: steel
  • Edge material: steel
  • Material bracelet/strap: steel
  • Dial color: Brown
  • Water resistance: 100 meters
  • Movement: L888 caliber
  • Power reserve: 72 hours

Last, but certainly not least, is this Longines Conquest, a quintessential everyday timepiece that, to use a beloved expression, does everything you want and nothing you don’t need.

Featuring no fewer than five different dial colors in the 41mm case size (and many more in the other sizes), the watch’s narrow, polished edge makes the dial appear larger and easier to read, while the stainless steel case and matching bracelet both are designed for everyday comfort over years of use.

An ideal contender for the ‘one watch collection’ buyer.


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