Longines, that have in recent years balanced their favorite Heritage Collection (to incorporate the excellent Longines Legend Diver) with their more modern Sport and Elegance ranges, unveiled an updated version of their decade-old HydroConquest at this year’s Baselworld. Longines’ latest iteration of the modern sport diver is available in multiple case sizes, colors, and an automatic chronograph. Most prominently, the newLongines conquest classic replica watches HydroConquest has a new for 2018 ceramic bezel insert, a characteristic quickly becoming a mainstay in contemporary Swiss diving watches. Within this Hands-On, we’ll dig into the 41mm variant of the new HydroConquest to see whether the new look and ceramic bezel add to Longines’ reliable design.
While the HydroConquest was updated before, each time with subtle changes to the design, size, dial text, colour, or strap and bracelet set up, the HydroConquest is generally a 41mm, 300m water-resistant stainless steel diver using a traditional aluminum bezel insert along with a sapphire crystal. Though long considered a solid choice from the reasonably priced dress diver area, the HydroConquest was due for an update to keep the watch current at a fickle market. Offering the watch in new dimensions helps broaden the appeal, using a new 43mm variant to match those following a larger wrist existence.
The mere actuality that Longines conquest heritage replica watches have made the HydroConquest for the past eleven years says something about people interest in the design. Together with the watch industry full to the brim with”vintage-inspired” models, especially diver’s watches, the HydroConquest has stood out as a piece which isn’t trying to be anything apart from a diver’s watch made in and for the modern watch age, no faux-vintage lume required or wanted. For me, that by itself is refreshing.
Aside from color, the newest Longines hydroconquest quartz clone HydroConquest dial is much the same as before, with large lumed Arabic indices at twelve, six, and nine, minimum dial text, along with a traditional date window at three o’clock. In fact, the only change I can find is the elimination of the small trapezoidal applied elements, which previously sat just within the lumed around hour markers. I am glad they are goneas they didn’t do anything for me and made the dial appear a bit cluttered. The palms are also precisely the same as far as I can tell. Such small changes indicate Longines’ confidence in the HydroConquest as it existed, and good for Longines hydroconquest 44mm quartz blue dial replica for sticking to their guns.
The US exclusive versions of the watch have a couple more upgrades, together with”USA” printed at the dial’s perimeter between the four and five o’clock markers, a lumed’50’ about the porcelain bezel fit for the 50 states, plus a exceptional caseback. The US exclusive versions are a limited release, with 1,000 complete being produced, and include new, color matched rubber NATO straps as an additional.
Ceramic because a bezel insert substance adds depth and visual appeal, increases perceived worth, and legitimately adds to the durability and therefore functionality of a diver’s elapsed time bezel. On the brand new HydroConquest, the ceramic bezel is restrained in design and less busy than the prior aluminum insert. It’s a very Rolex Submariner feel to it with respect to design, and should make the reasonably priced HydroConquest a much better buy for those on the fence.
The case, bracelet, crown, and other elements on the HydroConquest are unchanged, which is not always a bad thing as the watch has long represented a solid value in entry-to-mid degree Swiss sailors. I’ve long appreciated the HydroConquest case. As opposed to replicating among several classic diver layouts, the HydroConquest case is large and solidly constructed, featuring large angular crown guards and high-for-the cost level of finishing. The big, screw down crown is still here too.
Where the watch has dropped me at the past is at the busier dial, cluttered bezel fit, and aforementioned generally”blingy” polished components. That’s just me. Though much is exactly the same, a new rubber strap, now color matched to each of the new dial colours, is a cool upgrade and adds something for those desiring more novelty.
Viewed collectively, the updates to the new Longines HydroConquest are, aside from the ceramic add, minimal. Longines hydroconquest 44mm blue imitation watch already liked the looks of the tried and true sport diver and have clearly tread carefully in terms of upgrading the layout. The inclusion of a ceramic bezel does add a lot and surely packs more worth, and we anticipate price to be just around $1,500. The restricted models are, as you’d expect, a little more expensive at $1,800 for the stainless/blue dial configuration and $2,100 for your PVD/grey dial variation. For those who already enjoy the HydroConquest, the brand new watch is really a refreshing upgrade that doesn’t stray too far from the first design. In a sea of vintage reissue bits, the Longines HydroConquest is a style of this century with plenty of modern allure in a reasonably priced package.