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Underwater Wednesday: Longines HydroConquest Chrono

by Michael Weare
8 May, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Longines Hydro Quest Chrono

Underwater Wednesday

This week on Underwater Wednesday, the series dedicated to the diver’s watch – one of the most popular categories of men’s watches – we look at an excellent new line-up from Longines.

The HydroConquest series has been running for a while, but Longines unveiled some very perky new additions to the range at Baselworld earlier this month.

Longines HydroConquest Chrono

Longines Hydro Quest Chrono side view

The new models of the HydroConquest line have a round steel case and a sensibly sized diameter of 39 mm or 41 mm.

The 3-hands-models are equipped with an automatic or a quartz movement while the HydroConquest chronographs are available either with the L688 column-wheel movement which was developed specially for Longines by ETA or a quartz movement.

If you opt for the automatic version it’s based on the ETA A08-L01 with 27 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 54 hours.

Longines Hydro Conquest Chrono Black

The eye catching new dials are in black, white or blue and feature bright details in red and – depending on the model – 8 to 11 bold as brass Arabic numerals. The bracelets are made of steel or rubber in black.

The series is designed as a homage to men who have dedicated themselves to conquering the oceans and to enthusiasts of the open seas. As such they meet the strict requirements demanded of a professional divers watch: they are water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres), are fitted with a unidirectional turning bezel, screw-down case and screw-in crown, lateral protection for the crown and double security folding clasp with integrated diving extension-piece.

Longines Hydro Quest Chrono blue dial

All the models are equipped with safety devices such as a unidirectional rotating bezel coloured in red, black or blue, hands are coated with a generous splash of Super-LumiNova® for easy legibility both underwater or in the cinema. The watch also features a bracelet with a double safety diving folding clasp and diving extension.

If you want one, and let’s face it, you probably do, prices start at around £790.00.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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