December 23, 2009

Longines HydroConquest Review

Longines HydroConquest Watch Review

  Longines is another well respected brand from the Swatch Group and this dive watch holds true to the reputation. The Hydroconquest (ref. L3.649.4.96.6) has a nice combination of brushed and polished finishes, with a rich blue dial. This dial has raised silver indices and numerals, filled with SuperLuminova. The ratcheted unidirectional bezel, has 0-60 elapsed time markers, with a lume dot (PIP) located at the 12 o’clock position. This bezel is also a combination of brushed and high polished finishes. These raised high polished tabs tend to not look so great if the watch is in regular rotation. Showing scuffs and scratches very easily. The Hydroconquest uses a nice Swiss automatic movement, the very reliable ETA 2824-2. This watch is rated to 300m of water resistance, plenty deep for most us desk divers! Not only is the watch ready for a good diving expedition, it’s also very versatile for day to day dress. W&R thinks of this as a dive and dress watch hybrid. Not really a great diving watch (minimal lume) and not a true dress watch. Ironically, this makes it a great everyday watch. 
Pros - Long history, great value

Considerations - For a dive watch would like to see more lume on the indices

Case Diameter: 41mm
CaseStainless Steel
DialRich Blue 
Crystal: Sapphire
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movement: 2824-2
Power Reserve: 40 hrs
Water Resistant: 300M
Lug Width: 21mm


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