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Longines is the oldest registered watch brand still in operation. The company, founded in 1832, is a pioneer in the fields of sport and aviation timekeeping. Their top models feature a chronograph, calendar function, and moon phase display.
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Longines is the oldest registered watch brand still in operation. The company, founded in 1832, is a pioneer in the fields of sport and aviation timekeeping. Their top models feature a chronograph, calendar function, and moon phase display.Longines has over 180 years of history to look back on and remains one of the most successful Swiss luxury watch manufacturers to this day. The business is known for their high-quality timepieces. Their chronographs, with the brand's winged hourglass logo, have been timing horse races since the end of the 19th century. Today, you'll still find Longines watches at horse races, as well as tennis matches and ski competitions. This company uses many technological timekeeping innovations in their wristwatches.
The Longines catalog contains traditionally elegant men's and women's watches divided into five series: Elegance, Watchmaking Tradition, Heritage, Sport, and Classic. Next to their stunning designs, these timepieces offer fantastic value for money. One of the most highly coveted examples is the Legend Diver from the Heritage collection. Longines first introduced this diving watch with an internal diving bezel in 1960. The current collection is home to several attractive options for both men and women.
The Master Collection pays tribute to traditional watchmaking. This series exclusively contains mechanical timepieces. Longines incorporates decades of watchmaking know-how into each watch. Top models feature four retrograde displays, including a moon phase. The stainless steel ref. L2.718.104.22.168 is among the most popular Master Collection watches and sells for as little as 3,000 USD on Chrono24.
For something especially sporty, Longines offers the HydroConquest collection. These diving watches are available as chronographs or three-hand timepieces with a quartz or automatic movement. The collection's first model, the ref. L3.822.214.171.124, made its debut in 2007. This stainless steel watch comes with an automatic movement and demands around 950 USD.
5 Reasons to Buy a Longines Watch
- Retro watches in the Heritage collection
- Longines Master Collection: exclusively mechanical watches
- V.H.P. watch with a GMT function and a "Flash Setting" mechanism
- Oldest registered watch brand in the world
How much do Longines watches cost?
|Master Collection,ref. L2.6126.96.36.199||2,400 USD||Day display at 12, pointer date, moon phase, 24-hour display|
|Skin Diver,ref. L2.8188.8.131.52||2,300 USD||Retro design|
|HydroConquest, ref. L3.7184.108.40.206||1,800 USD||Automatic, chronograph|
|Heritage Legend Diver, ref. L3.6220.127.116.11||1,700 USD||Internal rotatable bezel|
|The Longines Heritage Military,ref. L2.818.104.22.168||1,700 USD||Pilot's watch, automatic, blue hands, light dial|
|The Longines Heritage 1945,ref. L2.822.214.171.124||1,200 USD||Pilot's watch, automatic, date, patinated dial, blue hands|
|HydroConquest,ref. L3.8126.96.36.199||940 USD||Automatic, water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft), date|
|HydroConquest,ref. L3.7188.8.131.52||950 USD||Automatic, water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft), date|
|Conquest V.H.P.,ref. L3.7184.108.40.206||1,000 USD||Quartz, GMT function, perpetual calendar, Flash Setting system|
Prices for the Longines HydroConquest
The HydroConquest collection has been part of Longines' catalog since 2007. These diving watches feature an internal rotatable bezel and a screw-down crown. The final watch is water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft). Each timepiece is powered by an automatic mechanical or highly precise quartz movement. There is also a chronograph version available. SuperLuminova coats the hands and numerals, making it easy to tell the time under all lighting conditions. This watch is also available as a two-tone edition with a stainless steel case and gold-plated middle links on the bracelet.
In 2018, Longines launched reworked versions of the 41 and 43-mm three-hand editions, as well as a new take on the chronograph. These models feature a ceramic bezel and an overhauled dial. The company also released 39 and 44-mm quartz editions of the 41-mm original automatic model (ref. L3.7220.127.116.11) at the same time. Finally, a solid black ceramic version with a 43-mm case joined the HydroConquest family in 2019.
You can purchase a pre-owned three-hand quartz Longines HydroConquest on Chrono24 for around 550 USD. New diving watches from this collection demand about 830 USD. A quartz chronograph on a stainless steel bracelet costs around 730 USD pre-owned and 960 USD in mint condition. If you'd prefer an automatic caliber, you should plan on spending at least 1,300 USD for a used chronograph or roughly 1,600 USD for a new one. Prices for automatic three-hand watches range from 880 to 950 USD.
The Original HydroConquest
The original three-hand version of the HydroConquest, the ref. L3.718.104.22.168 , has been a cornerstone of this massive collection since its introduction in 2017. Nothing about this 41-mm stainless steel watch has changed in that time. It still has the same black dial and design as before. Like the collection's other automatic three-hand watches, the Longines caliber L888 has been powering this timepiece since 2018. This movement is based on the proven ETA caliber 2824-2. Longines modifies the base movement, which involves lowering its balance frequency from 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h) to 25,200 A/h. As a result, these watches have an improved power reserve of 64 hours compared to the standard version's 42 hours.
Conquest & Conquest V.H.P.: Impeccable Precision
The Conquest series consists of chronographs, three-hand models, and GMT watches. GMT watches display a second time zone, a feature which is helpful for frequent fliers who want keep track of the time back home. Chronographs function as stopwatches, some of which accurately measure times to within 1/100th of a second. The Horse Racing, Alpine Skiing, and Roland Garros editions are dedicated to horse racing, skiing, and tennis, respectively. Unsurprisingly, Longines timepieces play an active role in each of these sports. These three quartz watches belong to the exclusive group of chronographs that are accurate to within 1/100th of a second. New, these timepieces cost around 1,100 USD.
Longines was one of the first Swiss watch manufacturers to experiment with quartz watch technology. They developed their first quartz watch all the way back in 1954. This timepiece broke many timekeeping records. In the late 1960s, the company introduced the Ultra-Quartz line of electronic watches. Released in 2017, the Conquest V.H.P. is the direct descendant of these models. The abbreviation "V.H.P." stands for "very high precision," a fitting name since this watch deviates by only five seconds per year.
The Conquest V.H.P. also boasts a perpetual calendar and Longines' proprietary Gear Position Detection System . The latter automatically resets the hands to the correct position if they desynchronize due to a heavy impact or magnetic field. With a battery life of five years, these watches can keep ticking without outside intervention for 24 months longer than conventional quartz watches. Prices for a never-worn Conquest V.H.P. sit at about 1,300 USD.
Longines announced the Longines Conquest V.H.P. GMT in 2019. Wearers can set this extraordinarily innovative timepiece using the Longines V.H.P. app. A sensor at 12 o'clock on the dial picks up light signals from the user's smartphone, which are then used to calibrate the movement. You can also set the local and GMT time with a single push of the crown's button. If you're not particularly interested in all this new technology, you can still perform all these functions in the traditional manner. This model sells for roughly 1,000 USD in mint condition on Chrono24.
Features of the Conquest V.H.P.
- Precise quartz movement with a deviation of 5 seconds a year
- Perpetual calendar
- Gear position detection system
- 5-year battery life
- The V.H.P. has an automatic GMT mechanism
Traditional Watchmaking in the Master Collection
The Master Collection is dedicated to Longines' watchmaking tradition and entirely consists of mechanical watches. Automatic movements power most of these models. Each design combines classic elegance with modern, sporty touches.
One of the this collection's top models features four retrograde displays: There's a day display 12 o'clock, a small seconds at 6, and a second time zone on the left edge of the dial. A moon phase display occupies the lower half of the dial, and a day/night indicator sits below the day display at 12. The caliber L707 ticks away inside this timepiece. Swiss ébauche movement manufacturer ETA produces this caliber exclusively for Longines. Fully wound, this movement has a power reserve of 48 hours. New models require an investment of about 3,000 USD.The Master Collection also contains one of Longines' most intricate watches. This timepiece comes with a chronograph function, annual calendar, moon phase display, and 24-hour display. An additional central hand with a half-moon tip points to the date around the dial's outer edge. The day and month displays both sit within the 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, while the subdial at 9 o'clock serves as a dual small seconds and 24-hour display. A third subdial at 6 o'clock displays the elapsed hours and current moon phase. The caliber L678, based on the ETA/Valjoux 7751 , powers this timepiece. Expect to pay around 1,900 USD for a pre-owned version in very good condition. Mint-condition models change hands for some 2,400 USD.
Retro Watches: The Longines Heritage Collection
The Heritage collection contains homages to historical Longines watches from decades gone by. This includes classic dress watches that you can dress up or down. The Longines Conquest Heritage and Longines Flagship Heritage are two stunning examples. The former sells for between 710 and 1,000 USD, depending on its condition. On the other hand, the Flagship model costs about 1,200 USD new.
The Longines Legend Diver bears a strong resemblance to its predecessor from the 1960s. Unlike most diving watches, the Legend Diver features an internal bezel for tracking dive times. The bezel ring is operated using an additional crown. You can get your hands on a modern Legend Diver for around 1,400 USD pre-owned. Never-worn versions demand roughly 1,700 USD. If you'd prefer one of the vintage models from the 60s, be prepared to spend some 11,000 USD.
Longines presented the Avigation Heritage with the reference number L2.822.214.171.124 in 2017. This watch is the descendant of a Longines chronograph from the 1930s. Perhaps its most notable feature is the large subdial at 3 o'clock. This detail lends the Avigation its nickname, "BigEye." The Skin Diver followed in 2018. It pays tribute to a Longines diving watch from 1959. At 42 mm in diameter, the new version is quite a bit larger than its predecessor; however, it still has the same retro charm. A mint-condition Skin Diver costs around 2,300 USD. Pre-owned pieces are currently hard to come by.
Reviving Designs from the 1930s and 40s
Between 2017 and 2019, Longines released three more Heritage models. First out of the gate was the The Heritage 1945, which debuted at Baselworld 2017. This model is very similar to a timepiece from the 1940s. The automatic ETA caliber 2895 ticks away inside this watch and provides it with a small seconds at 6 o'clock. Longines mounts the case on a leather strap. You can find this edition on Chrono24 for about 1,400 USD new. Used watches sell for as little as 1,200 USD.
The next model, the 38.5-mm The Longines Heritage with a light dial, came to market in 2018. It is a reinterpretation of a Longines pilot's watch from the 1940s. The ETA A31.L01-based caliber L888.2 powers this timepiece's three hands. Prices for this model come in at around 1,700 USD.The last of the trio debuted in November 2019. Known as the The Longines Heritage Military 1938, this timepiece is limited to a run of 1,938 pieces. It pays tribute to a vintage Longines military watch. Like the 1945 edition, this model has a small seconds at 6 o'clock. However, its dial also features a classic railroad minute scale. Another difference can be found inside the case in the form of the manual ETA caliber 6498/2. This 42-mm watch features a black dial and has an official list price of 2,450 USD.
A Wide Range of Women's Watches
Longines also offers many women's watches, mainly in the Elegance collection. Models in the DolceVita series feature rectangular cases and are made of materials such as stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold. Two-tone watches are also available. Timepieces with diamond-set dials and cases are especially elegant. You can purchase a pre-owned DolceVita for around 330 USD; prices for a new watch start around 880 USD.
The PrimaLuna collection contains timepieces with round cases and metal bracelets. Two-tone stainless steel and gold versions with diamonds have an especially feminine look. PrimaLuna watches demand prices of 770 USD and above.
The Symphonette models blend traditional and modern design with their oval cases. This series is also home to diamond-studded watches. You can purchase a stainless steel Symphonette for 1,300 USD. The women's Equestrian collection is a nod to Longines' involvement in the sport. Watches in this series are characterized by their lugs, which resemble horseshoes or stirrups. New Equestrian watches are available for around 1,000 USD.
An Overview of Women's Timepieces
- DolceVita from 880 USD
- Symphonette from 1,300 USD
- PrimaLuna from 770 USD
- Equestrian from 1,000 USD
Flying Over the Atlantic or Timing Sporting Events
The pioneering pilot Charles A. Lindbergh flew nonstop from New York to Paris in 1927 in what was the first solo flight across the Atlantic. Lindbergh timed his flight using a Longines timepiece. After the solo flight, the watch manufacturer teamed up with the record-breaking aviator to develop a pilot's watch with a navigation mechanism. Pilots could use the result, the Lindbergh hour angle watch, with a sextant and a nautical almanac to determine their exact geographical position. Longines became the official timekeeper of the World Air Sports Federation in 1919.
In 2017, Longines marked the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh's flight with a limited edition hour angle watch: the Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 90th Anniversary. This timepiece had a production run of only 90 pieces. It shares much of its size and design with the original model. At 47.5 mm in diameter, the watch is very easy-to-read. New, the standard-edition Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch costs around 3,600 USD.
After aviation, Longines has a second passion: timing sporting events. By 1886, Longines had equipped most horse racing tracks in New York with their timepieces. The company remains active in horse racing today. They developed their first quartz timepiece in 1954, which set a precision record at the observatory in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The timekeeping instrument "Chronocinégines" had a 16 mm camera and took 100 pictures a second. Longines also has a presence in professional skiing, gymnastics, tennis, and archery.
Tradition and Elegance Since 1832
Longines' history goes back to 1832. That summer, the 23-year-old businessman Auguste Agassiz established himself as an active partner at Comptoir Raiguel Jeune, a watch company in the town of Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Comptoir purchased ébauche movements and passed them on to watchmakers. Agassiz was so successful that he took complete control over the workshop in 1846. However, health problems forced him to find a suitable successor. He chose his nephew, Ernest Francillon, who joined the company in 1852 and took over shortly thereafter.
Francillon quickly realized that Comptoir's business model was unsustainable. Therefore, he began considering mass production. When a piece of land on the bank of the river Suze was put up for sale in 1866, Francillon took advantage of the opportunity and purchased it. Francillon's land was in a spot known as "Les Longines" ("the long meadows") and perfect for building a factory. Francillon inaugurated the workshop in 1867. In the same year, they produced their first in-house movement, called 20A. This caliber won a prize at the International Exhibition in Paris. Over the years, Longines industrialized their production processes more and more, making them a trailblazer in the mechanization of watch production.