The popular Longines HydroConquest model has been released in a gorgeous green version, very reminiscent to a much more sought after, steeper priced diver watch. Thus making it a great alternative to the aforementioned Rolex we’ve alluded too. It’s got all the right looks to be hailed as one fo the best medium priced diver watches on the horology market. The round case made of stainless-steel can be had in either 41 or 43mm with a sold case back. While the flip-side has been decoratively engraved with the iconic Longines logo, which consists of a “pair of wings attached to an hourglass”.
Mounted to the case is steel unidirectional rotating with bezel with a ceramic green insert. It has been crafted with zirconia ceramic which is known to provide a considerably enhanced scratch-resistance, when compared to the more commonly used aluminum inserts.
This Longines is very reminiscent to the popular Rolex “Hulk” Submarnier, due to this precise bezel and overall color scheme. Although it conveniently comes with a much more accessible price-tag, avoiding a direct comparison while still gaining that same attribute. It comes equipped with a screw-in crown found between robust crown guards, all topped by a sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).
Until now this model had been available in blue, grey and black. But in 2020 Longines has opted to exhibit time on a green sunburst dial with large white round cabochon-style hour index markers, smaller white printed minute markers and the Arabic numerals 6, 9 and 12. These numerals and markers have been slightly raised to provide a unique subtle visual effect. There is also a white date aperture within a white outlined box at the 3 o’clock position.
On the upper-half of the dial is the “Longines logo”, while on the lower-half we can see them proudly display their ceramics chemical composition “ZrO2”. The central stainless-steel hands, Arabic numerals and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.
Longines HydroConquest Green
The “Longines HydroConquest Green” (Ref#: L3.781.4.06.9) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L888.3 with 21 jewels and 25,200 Vph. This movement was originally based and developed off of the ETA 2892-2 caliber and has been equipped with a silicon balance spring. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 64 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is either a: green khaki colored green rubber strap, secured by a double safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism; or a stainless-steel bracelet (for an additional cost). For more up to date information visit the official Longines website here.