With this week’s “Vintage Eye,” we turn our focus to the vintage re-issue Longines Watches On Sale Replica Avigation BigEye. The watch, released late last summer, was one of the most critically-acclaimed timepieces of all 2017, and for good reason. With its no-nonsense case, straightforward yet unique dial, and comparatively accessible price point, the BigEye signifies a few of the greatest features in the vintage-revival tendency for customers seeking to input it. For your brand’s function, the opinion received lots of attention from the press and fans, but also received the “Best Revival” award in last year’s Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève (or GPHG, for short), the industry’s highest awards show.Yet, for all the interest the re-issue has received, the first BigEye the contemporary watch is based on isn’t well known. When I first saw the watch, I thought it should have been inspired by the “BigEye” designs popular in some chronographs from the late 1960s and into the ’70s, a dial format distinguished by an enlarged right subdial to a watch’s face. Rather, the brand said it was based on a 1930s aviation design from a singular watch brought into the brand’s memorial by a collector. Regrettably, they’re still unsure of the exact year of production, also, as of yet, no additional copies have surfaced. Ultimately, if the opinion was mass produced or when this singular model was a prototype of any kind is immaterial. Longines claimed and verified that the timepiece as part of its history and had the know-how to bring back it to advertise and see whether it would fair better at the 2010s than it did in the 1930s, which, as you can obviously tell it has.
The HydroConquest line has been around for a little more than a decade now. It’s become a mainstay in Longines’ lineup referencing both the brand’s sporty appeal and their attentiveness to an elegant design. Now for Baselworld 2018, Longines has introduced the Longines HydroConquest Dive watch with a ceramic bezel. This new updated version of the Longines HydroConquest will be available in Sunray Black, Grey, or Blue. It will also come in 43mm and 41mm case sizes, as well as a chronograph version that is exclusively 41mm.
Dimensions: 43mm & 41mm
Water Resistance: 300m
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating
Movement: L888.2 (based on the ETA 2892.2) and the L688.2 (Based on the ETA A08.L01) for the Chronograph
Frequency: 25,200vhp for the L888.2 and 28,800vhp for the L688.2
Power Reserve: 64 and 54 hours respectively
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel bracelet or a Black/Grey/Blue Rubber strap to match the dial.
Price & Availability: TBD
This seems like a pretty expected move from Longines. The update of their watch’s bezel material to ceramic is pretty on-trend with other major Swiss manufacturers this year. In a way, I think it was a needed addition to modernize the line and keep it from getting lost in the shuffle with Longines’ other offerings. While, on paper, it does seem to be a pretty minor thing, I believe it will be very noticeable and bring great added value to the watches in person. While the price for the updated versions has not been announced yet, the current price for the previous version sits at just over $1,200. This seems like a good deal for a watch from an established Swiss watchmaker, featuring a great movement, and now ceramic accents.
As I previously stated, it almost seems like this update for Longines Watch King Hussein Replica was one that needed to be made, if only to not be left in the dust in comparison to other brands. Ceramic acts almost as a stamp of modernity on watches today, whereas aluminum or steel inserts feel a bit dated. It will also result in a watch that can stand up to a lot more actual wrist time without showing the wear. All-in-all I would say that this is a welcome upgrade to the Longines HydroConquest line. Pricing and availability for the new HydroConquest models has yet to be announced but we’ll update you as soon as we know more. longines.com