Longines, that have in recent years balanced their popular Heritage Collection (to include the excellent Longines Legend Diver) with their more modern Sport and Elegance ranges, unveiled an updated version of the decade-old HydroConquest at this year’s Baselworld. Longines master collection fake watches ‘ most recent iteration of the modern sport diver can be found in multiple case sizes, colours, and also as an automatic chronograph. Most prominently, the brand new Longines HydroConquest is equipped with a brand new for 2018 ceramic bezel insert, a feature fast becoming a mainstay in contemporary Swiss diving watches. In this Hands-On, we’ll dig into the 41mm variant of this new HydroConquest to determine if the new look and ceramic bezel add to Longines best replica watches‘ reliable design.
While the HydroConquest has been updated before, every time with subtle adjustments to the design, dimensions, dial text, colour, or bracelet and strap set up, the HydroConquest is generally a 41mm, 300m water-resistant stainless steel diver with a conventional aluminum bezel insert and a sapphire crystal. Though long considered a solid choice in the affordable dress diver area, the HydroConquest was due for an upgrade to keep the watch present in a fickle industry. Offering the watch in new dimensions helps enhance the appeal, with a new 43mm version to suit those after a larger wrist presence.
The mere truth that Longines conquest quartz replica watches have made the HydroConquest for the last twenty five years says something about people attention in the plan. With the watch industry full to the brim with”vintage-inspired” versions, especially diver’s watches, the HydroConquest has stood out as a bit which isn’t trying to be anything other than a diver’s view made in and for the modern watch era, no faux-vintage lume required or wanted. For me, that by itself is refreshing.
Other than the ceramic bezel — and we will get there in second — the largest change in the HydroConquest is the availability of new colors. Where the old model was available in blue or black and with or without the always in and out of vogue gold accents, the new HydroConquest has a more subtle approach. A gray dial is currently available as a choice as well as two new US exclusive versions in PVD black with a grey dial or a stainless steel, blue light version; equally in 41mm.
Other than color, the new Longines HydroConquest quartz replica watch dial is much the same as before, with big lumed Arabic indices at twelve, six, and eight, minimum dial text, and a conventional date window at three o’clock. In reality, the only real change I can find is that the elimination of the tiny trapezoidal applied components, which previously sat just within the lumed around hour mark. I am glad they’re goneas they didn’t do anything for me and made the dial up appear a bit cluttered. The hands are also precisely the same as far as I can tell.
Ceramic as a bezel insert material adds depth and visual interest, increases perceived worth, and adds to the durability and therefore performance of a diver’s elapsed time bezel. On the new HydroConquest, the ceramic bezel is restrained in design and less busy than the previous aluminum insert. It’s a rather Rolex Submariner texture to it in terms of layout, and should make the already reasonably priced HydroConquest a much better buy for those on the fence.
The circumstance, bracelet, crown, and other components on the HydroConquest are unchanged, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the watch has represented a solid value in entry-to-mid level Korean sailors. I have long appreciated the HydroConquest case. Rather than replicating among many traditional diver layouts, the HydroConquest case is large and solidly constructed, including large angular crown guards and high-for-the price level of completing. The big, screw down crown remains here as well.
Longines automatic chronometer clone , part of the Swatch group, have as you’d envision typically outfitted the HydroConquest series having an ETA-based motion, whether automated or quartz. This latest version of the HydroConquest comes powered with all the Longines Caliber L888.2, an ETA 2892.2 established automatic movement oscillating in an eyebrow raising 25,200 vhp — quite a bit slower than the 2892.2’s well known 28,800 vph. The main reason for the slower speed is power reserve, with all the L888.2 sporting an impressive 64-hour book in comparison to the base movement’s 42 hours of operation. A modified motion, even if merely in rate/reserve, adds to the value argument which is essential to the HydroConquest collection, bolstering the solid deal looking at the ceramic bezel insert and Swiss heritage.