Longines has added two olive-toned iterations to its HydroConquest collection, which means this best-selling design offers even more choice. The modern dive watch was first introduced in 2007, and has been a Longines mainstay ever since.
- Longines has added two green options (each £1,230) to its HydroConquest collection, joining the existing blue, grey and black executions.
- The 41mm stainless-steel case is available on a matching bracelet or a green rubber strap to complement the colour of the dial.
- The new automatic in-house calibre L888.3 provides an approximate 64-hour power reserve.
- The watch is water-resistant to an impressive 300m and has a practical unidirectional bezel.
Making a splash: Longines’ aquatic sports watch
The Longines HydroConquest is ideally suited to performing at sub-sea level – despite the fact that many of its wearers are unlikely to deep-dive to 300m. Regardless of whether it’s ever put to the test in the ocean, it has an impressive specification: as well as formidable water resistance, the calibre can provide 64 hours of power reserve, and the sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant, with several layers of anti-reflective treatment coating both sides.
The HydroConquest has a notched, unidirectional rotating bezel – a common feature of dive models. The bezel can rotate only in a counter-clockwise direction, ensuring the diver’s safety, even in the case of an accidental knock. The rotating bezel is an important tool to allow users to measure diving time easily and accurately, and the notching makes it easier to use with one hand. These steel iterations also feature a screwed crown and screw-down case back, again fulfilling the requirements of a highly functional dive tool while still being smart enough to be worn both casually and with formal attire. Read more here about what makes a dive watch different to other timepieces, and about the history of these designs.
The Longines Hydroquest, pictured here on the optional textured rubber strap, has a rugged aesthetic that’s complemented by the new olive-green colourway
These 41mm models have applied Arabic numerals and indexes with rhodium-plated hands. Super-LumiNova® has been applied to the hands, the large 12, 6 and 9 o’clock hour numerals and the hour markers that circle the dial. These design elements are all recognisable from Longines’ collections of decades past, preserving the style and features of a classic dive watch, while giving a modern twist to the traditional formula.
Green revolution: the new HydroConquest colourway
The green tone chosen is both in line with current trends and reminiscent of a military hue, which adds to the rugged aesthetic. The stainless-steel bracelet complements the palette, but the watch is also available on a rubber strap in the same tone as the dial. The ceramic insert set into the bezel, also in olive, adds a contemporary touch.
The stainless-steel bracelet has a double-folding safety clasp and an integrated diving extension, allowing it to be worn over a diving suit, should the wearer intend to take it below the surface of the water. The rubber strap, meanwhile, is sturdy and reliable, and lends the watch a more sporting character.
The Hydroquest’s optional stainless-steel bracelet has a double-folding safety clasp and a diving extension that allows it to be worn comfortably over a wetsuit
With its option of a bracelet or strap, the new HydroConquest is a highly versatile piece. It’s completely functional as a diver’s tool, but none of its diving features are overly intrusive, making it a great choice, regardless of whether you’re on land or sea. We think it would be an ideal addition to any collection.
- Case: 41mm stainless steel
- Movement: L888.3 automatic calibre
- Power reserve: Approximately 64 hours
- Bracelet / strap: Stainless steel or green rubber
- Features: Unidirectional rotating bezel; date
- display: Super-LumiNova® on hands, numerals and
- indexes; scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 300m
- Price: £1,230