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Tag Heuer vs Longines

There is something uniquely striking in the history of Tag Heuer and Longines. They all started in the same small Swiss village, in small workshops, and with a great desire to make exquisite timepieces. More than a century later, these companies have become world-renowned brands, raking in billions of dollars in revenue and manufacturing watches so sophisticated they make the founders beam proudly from their graves.

Watches from Tag Heuer and Longines are versatile, bold, functional, and impeccably accurate. And most come with a modest price point. Take, for instance, the two watches we have reviewed in this article- the Tag Heuer Aquaracer and Longines HydroConquest.

They are excellent watches for beginner collectors. With a 300m water resistance, they are also highly functional for outdoor enthusiasts. Tag Heuer and Longines have invested heavily in technology and innovation in their timepieces. Longines timepieces, for instance, have been a common feature as a timer in all major sporting events around the globe.

Heuer timepieces have been trusted and incorporated as dashboard components by high-end automotive companies (such as Ferrari). This article offers a side-by-side comparison between the two watches to provide more insight and help you make an informed decision when purchasing.

Brief History

Longines Watches

Longines history is interesting. Its founders, led by Auguste Agassiz, set up a workshop in a small village, St-Imier, where they started creating their first timepiece. They had no running water, electricity, or any form of technology. Yet, since 1832 when the company began, Longines has maintained its position as one of the oldest continuously operated watchmaking companies in the world.

Auguste’s cousin, Francillon, was responsible for steering the company into the era of industrialization. He understood the importance of innovation. The competition from other equally renowned brands that set up shop during this time (Philippe Patek in 1839, A. Lange & Sohne in 1845, Omega in 1848, etc.) was a driving force.

He wanted to create timepieces that would stand the test of time, and be revolutionary, well-respected, and innovative. In 1867 they acquired the oldest registered trademark that is still in use today. With the adaptation of technology and the skills of well-experienced watchmakers, Longines produced excellent stopwatches, chronographs, and time-keeping accessories.

The Longines’ calibre 19.73N (in 1911) was among the first wrist chronograph watches. Longines timers and stopwatches have been featured in almost all major sporting events across the globe with impressive accuracy. These include skiing, horse racing, car rallies, the commonwealth games, formula 1 games, and cycling races.

Tag Heuer S.A. company began much later (in 1860) as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG. It was also founded in the small Swiss village of St-Imier by Edouard Heuer. Heuer came from a family of watchmakers and enthusiasts. He received the first patent that covered a crown-operated, keyless winding system in 1869.

The company changed its name to Tag Heuer after TAG Group purchased a controlling stake in 1985. Edouard tapped into the established watch-making technologies and added his own innovation to create his first chronograph masterpiece that used an oscillating pinion in 1887. The oscillating pinion was a component that allowed the chronograph to stop and start instantly by the action of the push button.

In 1911 during the rapid industrialization, Heuer designed a timing instrument to be installed on the dashboard of vehicles and crafts. Stopwatches had to be precise and accurate- almost the hundredth of a second – to serve the needs of the military, sports, and industries. 

With time, Heuer developed timepieces that had a wonderful blend of technology and functionality. After the company was acquired by the TAG Group the watchmakers were tasked with developing the ‘Centigraph’ – a timing system used by Ferrari’s racing team in 1971. In 1999 LVMH acquired Tag Heuer and this marked the beginning of another era of pushing the boundaries in the manufacture of creative timepieces.

It would also be under the new ownership that the company would create its first luxury smartwatch – the Tag Heuer connected watch.  The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic 43 mm watch was manufactured for sports enthusiasts. The Longines HydroConquest takes the Aquaracer heads-on to present an exciting war of wits, power, functionality, and technical capabilities. 

Style & Design

Both watches are large in dimension. The Longines HydroConquest has a 43mm case width and a thickness of 11.90 mm. The uni-directional rotating and rounded bezel is made of stainless steel and ceramic. The crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. 

The HydroConquest watch is available in a large variety of individual preferences in terms of color and case sizes. These variances come in 4 different case sizes – the 39 mm, 43 mm, 44 mm, and 41 mm variants. Apart from the different case sizes, all other elements of the HydroConquest watches remain the same irrespective of the variant – including the designs of the strap and clasp.

You may get a steel clasp with the 41mm variant and a rubber strap with the 43mm variant. Since these straps are easily interchangeable, we shall not dwell much on this difference. This article explores the 43 mm variant. Although the watch looks big, it wears slightly bit smaller.

This is partly due to the design of the bezel and lugs. The lug width is 21 mm. Most luxury divers in the market have a sturdy appearance and are thicker than the HydroConquest. This makes the watch retain its functionality while still exuding elegance. It can fit nicely under a shirt cuff and on top of other attires.

The screw-down crown has elongated and highly-polished crown guards. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic watch has a 43mm diameter brush-polished stainless steel casing. It has a lug-to-lug dimension of 49.9mm and a thickness of 12.3mm. The case is enhanced with brush finishing on the top and sides alternated with polished chamfers.

The polygonal (12-sided) uni-directional bezel design of this watch gives it a bold look. Unlike the Longines HydroConquest, the Aquaracer has a smooth bezel with a fluted edge for better grip. The polygonal inserts are made of ceramic with a gloss finish that contrasts well with the white indexing.

The Tag Heuer Aquaracer traces its roots to the 844 reference watch of 1978 and the Tag Heuer 2000 that debuted in 1982. They share many design elements. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic watch has a screw-down crown with the company’s logo on its face.

There are elongated crown guards as well. The case back is engraved with a diving helmet and a 300 meters water-resistance indication. The crystal is flat with an integrated magnifier that prevents cyclops from protruding above the top plane of the crystal.

The Dial

Tag Heuer Carrera Red

The sunray blue dial color on the Longines is striking, and yet subdued enough to prevent light reflecting when looking at the watch. The hands are silver-polished with hour markers done in Arabic numerals and indexes. The hands are filled with Super-Luminova to allow for illumination and easy reading of the time in the dark. The dial can also be black.

The teeth on the bezel are more pronounced. This is a deliberate design aimed at helping divers in wetsuits turn the bezel easily. The blue feature on the bezel is a bit darker than the blue feature on the dial. The numerals and markers on the dial are huge.

They have 9, 12, and 6 markers with the slightly-lowered date window lying on the 3 o’clock marker. The lume is bright. There is a dot on the bezel that makes the watch a functional dive watch. The hands are silver polished.

The Tag Heuer Aquaracer watch dial features the trademark horizontal pattern design of the Aquaracer collection. The dial has octagonal markers filled with super-luminova. There are three faceted rectangular markers on the 12th, 3rd, and 9th o’clock positions. The other markers have an octagonal shape with the edges finished with polished steel.

The calendar sub-register is present at the 6th o’clock position. It has a rounded lens feature that adds depth to the dial. The sword-like hour and minute hands also contain super-luminova. There is a bi-tone super-luminova system that makes it easy to read the time in low light.

The dial has an effective anti-reflective treatment that helps you to see the details of the dial with clarity. The logo is embedded on the surface of the dial. There is a sunray finish on the texture of the dial and the light and color play makes this watch’s dial unique, with depth and high contrast. There is a luminescent triangle at the 12th o’clock mark.

The Strap

The Longines HydroConquest has a stainless steel strap. The buckle has a double safety folding clasp. The bracelet and the case are made of polished and brushed steel, adding versatility to the watch. You can wear the watch when going to the office or when doing your thing outdoors.

The clasp has an extension that allows you to extend the watch over your wetsuit or drysuit while diving.
The bands for the Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic 43 mm watch are also made of stainless steel. It has a double-folding adjustable clasp.

The adjustable system that increases the watch’s size by up to 1.2 centimeters allows the wearer to have the watch on top of their diving suit. This also means that people with large wrists can also wear the watch comfortably. You can also remove the bracelet easily to add after-market straps.

Movements & Quality

Longines uses a patented self-winding calibre L888 mechanical movement. The movement is under the closed case back of the watch. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic 43 mm watch has a calibre 5 (ETA 2824-2) automatic movement. This is the movement that powers all the watches in the Aquaracer collection. This calibre has 26 jewels.


The Longines HydroConquest is among the most affordable luxurious dive watches with prices starting at approximately $1,600. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic 43 mm watch costs approximately $3,500.


Longines beats at an accuracy of 25,200 vibrations per minute and has a power reserve of 72 hours. Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 watch (WBP201B.BA0632) has a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per minute and a power reserve of 38 hours. It has an accuracy of 2 seconds variation in a day.

Water Resistance

The Longines HydroConquest is one of the most affordable luxury diving watches on the market today. At just 185g, this is the watch you would want to wear when deep diving. It has a water resistance of 300 meters.

The big screw-down crown enables the diver to wind the watch easily while submerged in the water. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic 43 mm watch has a 300 meters water resistance capacity.

Brand Recognition

Both watch brands command reverence in the luxury watchmaking industry. However, Longines is a more recognized brand because of its rich history. They had been operating for over three decades before Tag Heuer became a company. Watch enthusiasts know that a lot can change within a decade in the luxury watchmaking industry. 

Tag Heuer has rebranded itself severally and formed strategic partnerships with amazing brands over the years (including LVMH). This rebranding, embracing technology, and ingenious marketing has catapulted the brand’s worth and recognition upwards.


The Tag Heuer Aquaracer professional 300 automatic 43 mm watch and Longines HydroConquest watches are bold timepieces. Their versatility allows you to wear the watches to any event, formal or informal. They are both great watches for the price points they demand and they are both functional to a hilt.

I would personally go for the Tag Heuer Aquaracer simply because I love the bold polygonal bezel and the depth of color the blue edition watch has on its dial. That said, I also think that the HydroConquest is a great contender here, and would still be mighty proud to have one on my wrist.

They are large watches and they have great lume that could come in handy while diving in the dark. It all boils down to personal preference. If you love rounded bezels go for the Longines. If you love bolder designs, your mind will certainly settle on the Tag Heuer Aquaracer.

Best Longines Gold Watches

Longines is an excellent luxury watch brand that has been around for nearly two centuries. Founded in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz, the company has etched its position among the best brands. Starting in the early 20th century, Longines became associated with aviation and exploration with their Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch (a tribute to aviator Charles Lindberg). 

However, in this article, we’re primarily focusing on their gold dress watches, although we’ll throw in some sporty dress watches for good measure. We’ll dive deep into what we think are the 10 best gold watches that Longines has to offer, from modest, accessible luxury to those dripping with precious metals and gems that are sure to be statement pieces at your next formal event. 

About Longines Gold Watches

Longines has a deep watchmaking heritage, which is something educated watch buyers and collectors look for. They’ve consistently delivered quality, precise, well-built Swiss timepieces for nearly 200 years. That counts for something, in contrast to fast fashion brands that come and go. 

They’re a respected luxury brand, but not as expensive as some at the high end of the scale, like Rolex. Yet their logo and image are instantly recognizable. While some of their gold watches are PVD-coated, others are solid gold and made to last generations. 

Their gold timepieces are for those who demand the very best from their watches and jewelry. Many of their gold watches are dressy and, therefore, will appeal to those who frequently wear more formal attire. They’re also perfect for those with warmer skin tones that yellow and rose gold colors complement. 

What To Look For in Longines Gold Watches?

Longines is known for their elegance, build quality, and value. So, one can’t go wrong with any of their models. However, to help one make a more informed decision on the purchase of their next Longines gold watch, we hope this guide will prove useful. 

Real Gold vs. Gold Plated

Gold plating, in most cases, is stainless steel with a thin layer of gold over it. In terms of timepieces, these build materials are typically in reference to the case, bezel, and sometimes the bracelet. Obviously, steel is far more accessible than gold, and with only a thin layer of gold, the watch will be far less expensive than something that is solid gold. 

However, gold plating isn’t designed to last decades and generations like solid gold and often wears off, exposing the steel underneath. Real gold or solid gold, on the other hand, is far more expensive, as it’s a precious metal that’s more rare than steel. It will outlast gold plating, and if scratched, it can be polished. 

Watch Purpose

Consider what you’re expecting from this watch. Are you looking for something dressy to wear for a special occasion? Do you regularly dress up for work? Or do you want a timepiece that’s more versatile? 

Do you expect your watch to also perform in outdoor activities like swimming and diving and be rugged enough for exploring? In that case, you might want to consider a dress-sports wristwatch that can serve multiple purposes. 


If you’re on a budget, you might want to consider watches that are gold plated or PVD coated that are simply gold-colored and not real gold. Those types of Longines watches tend to run around $1,500. However, if you’re looking for an opulent timepiece that will last, be prepared to spend several thousand dollars or more. 

The Best Longines Gold Watches


Part of the Elegant collection from Longines, the L4.787.8.11.4 is just that, a refined gentleman’s wristwatch. The 18-karat rose gold case measures 37mm and sits on the wrist at 8.1mm thick. 

The white dial features painted black Roman numerals, black hour and minute hands, and a rose gold seconds hand. Just below 12 o’clock is the Longines logo, and at 3 o’clock is a date window. 

Under the hood, the timepiece is powered by an automatic ETA caliber 2892-A2 with a 64-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and comes with a five-year warranty. The timepiece is fitted with a black alligator leather strap with a folding clasp for extra security. 

Price: $4,750


This is a lovely gold women’s timepiece from Longines. The Dolce Vita is in rose gold, and its rectangular 18 karat case measures 23mm by 37mm, including its fixed gold bezel. The silver dial displays steel blue painted Roman numerals with a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are also steel blue. The push-and-pull crown is also in rose gold.

The timepiece is powered by a Longines caliber L176 quartz movement. The face of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 30 meters. The caseback is solid, and the timepiece is fitted with a black leather strap in an alligator-like pattern with a rose gold tang buckle. 

Price: $6,150


This isn’t exactly a gold watch, but it looks gold and that counts for something! The stainless steel with PVD yellow gold measures 40mm and sits on the wrist at 8.7mm thick. The fixed stainless steel and yellow PVD bezel are smooth and polished. 

The champagne dial features yellow gold colored hands and diamond-like studs marking the hours with a double stud at 12 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock. 

Powering the timepiece is the L888 in-house automatic movement with a 72-hour power reserve. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters, and the face is protected by sapphire crystal. The timepiece is paired with a titanium TiC-coated two-tone bracelet with a deployant clasp. Overall, this is a handsome watch with good specs at a reasonable price. 

Price: $2,325

4. LONGINES RECORD (REF. L2.820.8.92.2)

This is another stylish timepiece from Longines that’s bound to turn heads. The Record has a fixed, smooth, polished rose gold colored bezel made of stainless steel that measures 39mm and sits on the wrist at 11mm thick. The blue sunray dial plays beautifully with the light. The hands and applied hour markers are rose gold colored. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock for added functionality. 

The watch is powered by the L888.4 automatic movement that is COSC-certified, which bolsters its reputation as a chronometer. The timepiece is water resistant to 30 meters, the face is protected by a sapphire crystal, and the caseback is open, displaying the movement. The watch is paired with a blue alligator-like leather strap with a tang buckle. 

Price: $7,150


The Dolce Vita in yellow gold offers stunning good looks that will make one the talk of the party. Longines describes this collection as capturing the “sweetness of life”. 

The rectangular 18-karat yellow gold dial offers a fixed smooth bezel and measures 23mm by 37mm, sits on the wrist at 7.2mm, and weighs 35.3 grams. The green dial is brushed at the center and offers yellow gold hands, a small seconds subdial at six o’clock, and is completed with gold-painted Roman numerals. 

The timepiece is powered by the L176 quartz movement. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters, and the face is protected by sapphire crystal. The timepiece is fitted with a green alligator leather strap with a tang buckle. The watch includes an interchangeable system that allows straps to be easily swapped out without the use of special tools. 

Price: $6,150


The Master Collection Rose Gold puts off some strong classic, vintage design cues. The 18-karat rose gold case and fixed, smooth, polished bezel measures 40mm, sits on the wrist at 9.8mm thick, and has a lug width of 21mm. The silver dial offers a subtle waffle pattern, blue steel sword-shaped hands, blue painted numerals, and a date window at 3 o’clock. 

The timepiece is powered by the L888 in-house automatic movement with a 72-hour power reserve. The face of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal, and the case back is open, displaying the movement. The timepiece is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap with a folding clasp. 

Price: $8,200


The Longines Weems Second-Setting offers a 1920s vintage design to my eye. While it lacks a pulsometer, it kind of looks like those old doctor’s watches of that era. Uncharacteristic of the era, however, is the size of this timepiece, which is rather large at 47.5mm. 

The case and fixed, smooth bezel are rose gold. The large, onion-style crown is prominently displayed. The white dial, with painted black numerals, includes two lollypop-style, steel blue hour and minute hands, and a blue seconds hand. 

Under the hood, the watch is powered by an ETA caliber A07.L01 automatic movement with a 46-hour power reserve. The face of the timepiece is protected by a sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 30 meters. The watch is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap with contrasting white stitching and a tang buckle. 

Price: $18,625 


The tonneau-shaped 18-karat rose gold case with a fixed solid gold bezel of the Evidenza is a handsome classic. The silver dial offers steel blue hands against a circle pattern with blue numerals and a date window at 6 o’clock. The crown is ringed in blue, and its filigree work is a nice artisanal touch.

The timepiece is powered by Longines’ in-house caliber 595/592 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. It’s water-resistant to 30 meters and the face is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watch is backed by a 3-year warranty and is fitted with a brown leather strap with an alligator-like pattern and a tang buckle. 

Price: $6,200 


The Hydroconquest is a classic two-town design of steel and yellow gold. Unfortunately, it’s not solid gold, but rather a yellow gold-toned steel, but on the bright side, your wallet will thank you. 

This is a solid dress-sports watch that is dressy enough to be worn with a suit and sporty enough to alternatively be worn with jeans. The unidirectional dial is black with gold markers and indices. The stainless steel case measures 41mm and sits on the wrist at 12mm thick. 

The dial is a sunburst black with gold hands, the hour hand in a diamond shape, and the seconds hand with a small red tip. The mix of numbers and indices are in gold and the hours are also marked by white dots and luminescent. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock.

Powering the timepiece is an automatic movement with a 64-hour power reserve. The watch offers a screw-down crown and is water resistant to 300 meters, which makes it suitable for diving. 

The face of the timepiece is protected by sapphire crystal, and it comes with a 5-year warranty. The watch is fitted with a stainless steel 3-link bracelet with polished center gold tone links and a folding clasp. 

Price: $1,550 


This is another charming model from the Master Collection that is sure to elicit compliments. The case and fixed, smooth bezel are made of a solid 18-karat rose gold, which measures 29mm. The dial is a white mother-of-pearl with rose gold sword-style hands and diamond studs marking the hours. There’s also a date window at 3 o’clock. The dial of this ladies’ timepiece is the star and offers a refined, elegant look. 

Powering the watch is Longines’ ETA-based caliber L595/592 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The face of the timepiece is protected by sapphire crystal, and the open caseback displays the 20 jewel movement. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and is backed by a 5-year warranty. It’s fitted with a brown alligator leather band, with white contrasting stitching, and a rose gold deployant clasp. 

Price: $5,959 

Parting Thoughts

Longines is a well-regarded luxury watch brand that offers some beautiful solid gold and gold-toned timepieces for men and women. In this article, we’ve sorted through all they have to offer, not just presently but in recent decades, to select the absolute 10 best gold Longines watches. 

Not only are these timepieces appealing to the eye, but they’re also well-made and fitted with all the right stuff under the hood. Any one of these will make a smart addition to your collection. 

Vintage Longines Watches

The Swiss watchmaker Longines has a long and varied history. Since 1832, when the company was founded, they have designed some of the finest timepieces the world has ever seen. Longines has developed various collections, from luxury watches to regular daily beaters and dive watches, just to mention a few. 

Out of the countless timepieces produced by the company for almost two centuries, several vintage Longines timepieces are still very much relevant to date and sought after by watch lovers and collectors worldwide. 

I will dive into the world of vintage Longines watches to understand their history and why these timepieces are so timeless. I will also look at some of these watches and give tips for your next vintage Longines timepiece purchase. For all lovers of classics, this is your ultimate guide to vintage Longines watches.

About Vintage Longines Watches

Longines made some of the finest pocket watches in the early days, and military officers, scientists, pilots, and elites used them. Their high accuracy even earned them the first medal of precision at the Paris World Fair in 1878. The company was among the first watchmakers to produce wristwatches in the 1900s, and everyone adopted them. 

Longines was known for designing some of the most unique luxury timepieces in the 20th century and being at the forefront of pioneering new watch designs and technology. Today, their vintage watches are among the most sought-after by collectors as they possess high precision and a timeless look and also tend to hold their value as years go by.

Since the early days of the Swiss company, all their watches have been known to come with outstanding looks and designs that have not been seen before. But what makes these vintage timepieces stand out? 

From personal experience, I can say they are built to last. The company has been making watches for over 150 years, and some of these vintage masterpieces are still ticking to date. Thanks to the high-quality Swiss movements inside, their level of accuracy seems to not have been downplayed.

Aside from their technical prowess, most vintage Longines timepieces were handcrafted by talented artists back in the day; they are works of art. They often have well-decorated dials, beautifully designed with intricate patterns.

The history of Longines watches is another factor that makes them unique. Some of them have been associated with significant historical moments like the first TransAtlantic flight, countless Olympic Games, and explorations of different polar regions.

The company has recently resurfaced some of its classic collections from decades ago with modern vintage-inspired watches. These timepieces combine the traditional design and look of the original vintage ones with modern technology found in the newer types of Longines.

What to Look for in Vintage Longines Watches

The rarity and timeless design of vintage Longines watches make them an excellent investment for watch lovers and collectors. So if you are looking at buying one, there are a couple of things you should look out for before swiping your card.


The demand and popularity of vintage Longines timepieces have come with increased fakes on the market, so it is essential to learn how to tell an original from a fake. Vintage or not, every Longines has a serial number engraved on the case. 

When buying a vintage Longines, look out for a serial number on the case back and try verifying on the Longines website to be sure it is an original piece. 

Another way to check the authenticity is by requesting the original paper/certificate and a box of any vintage watch you buy. If your seller cannot provide you with any document to prove it is an original Longines, you should probably not make that purchase.

Requesting for the watch’s provenance is another way I check a watch’s authenticity. It will help you know where the timepiece is coming from and the previous owners; this will not guarantee the watch’s authenticity but will most likely prove that it’s genuine and has been passed from one owner to another. 

Watch Condition

The dial on an original Longines timepiece is usually straightforward, plain, and free from blemishes, no matter how long it has been produced. The Longines logo will be printed on it with evenly spaced markers and hands. Inside every genuine vintage Longines will be a Swiss-made movement with a high level of accuracy which the company made use of during its early days of watchmaking. 

The type of movement of the watch is most times engraved on the case back with the logo and serial number as well, so make sure you look for it and confirm if it is an original model.

Anyone trying to sell you vintage Longines watches with a case that’s not stainless steel or gold is likely not a vintage because the company did not start implementing other case types until the late 90s.

Watch Price

There are no cheap vintage Longines watches because they were designed with high-quality materials, and most of them have increased in value over the years. You should be wary of anyone trying to sell you a cheap vintage Longines. They’re hiding something bad… 

These vintage Longines have a starting price of about $1,000; anything below that should make you question the originality of the timepiece being sold to you.

Seller Reputation

Buying from a reputable seller is something you should factor in when trying to buy a vintage Longines timepiece. After researching the watch, if you want to make the purchase online, make sure you read the reviews from other buyers to have an idea of the seller’s credibility, reliability, customer service, and price. 

Ensure you also check the seller’s history to know how long they’ve been selling and if they have a good record of selling original vintage Longines watches. Always ask questions about the timepiece from the seller. 

If the answers are anything less than greatly informed and enthusiastic, you should look for a more qualified and experienced seller to avoid buying a fake.

Most Popular Vintage Longines Watch

Longines has had various outstanding collections over the years, so there are multiple options for anyone looking to delve into the vintage side of Longines watches. Here is a list of some of the most popular vintage collections from the company:

Vintage Longines Pocket Watches 

As pocket watches from Longines have existed for hundreds of years, the fact that they’re still ticking and telling time to this date is a testament to their quality in itself. These were the first set of watches Longines produced and used by the elites for only particular purposes. 

Some of them had unique features like alarms, timers, and chronographs. They come in various shapes and sizes and were designed and put together by hand, which makes each of them uniquely cared for. 

They were made in limited editions, as only a few people could afford them in the early days. Aside from being designed with the best materials, another factor that makes them unique is that these watches played an essential role in horological history. 

Longines pocket watches were worn by the great men of the 20th century like Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and many others, so owning a Longines pocket timepiece is like owning a piece of history. 

Some examples of Vintage Pocket watches include the 1930 Longines Chronograph, which sold for around $10,000, and the 1912 Grand Prix Paris sold for about $6,000, but the one that catches my eye is the Longines Circa 1934, which is cased in a 14-carat gold case. 

It has a black dial with gold Arabic numerals and dials and a second subdial at 6 o’clock. Its sides are decorated with foliage and flowers that date back to the earlier days. And it can be bought on the vintage market for around $6,000-$10,000.

Vintage Longines Conquest Watches

The Conquest watches by Longines were introduced in the 1950s and were designed based on the watches used during the Arctic expeditions. Longines retained the screw-down back and the waterproof case designs and improved the dials and the general aesthetics of the timepieces in the collection. 

Longines began printing the names of each watch on the dial of this line of timepieces, which helped increase the collection’s popularity. The Conquest can be found in steel, gold capped, 18 carats gold, and various dial and strap options.

An excellent example from the 1959 Conquest Calendar men’s watch. It is a highly sought-after watch from this collection. It features a gold-capped case which is thicker than an ordinary gold plate. It has a gold medallion at the middle of the steel case back with a fish and branch engraving with green enamel. 

An automatic movement powers it and features a black dial with a Calendar window at 3 o’clock. This watch is sold for around $1000. Some other watches in the Conquest collection include the Conquest Ref. 990, Ref.7002, and the Conquest Ref. 990.

Vintage Longines Flagship Watches

This line of vintage watches from Longines was introduced in 1957, and they were dress timepieces designed as a new vision for the company in the post-war era. 

The elegance of these watches stood them out, as most Longines wristwatches made before then were of rugged build for outdoor activities. These watches feature a plain dial with Roman numerals and sweeping seconds hands. 

They came in gold or stainless steel cases with automatic and manual-wind movements. Vintage Flagship watches have an engraved Caravel medallion on their case backs, and it’s a representation of the ships used by explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries. 

The accuracy of Flagship watches earned Longines first and second place at the 1961 Observatory of Neuchâtell competition. Although Flagship watches are not as scarce as some other vintage Longines, they are still very much collectible. 

You can expect to pay between $1000-$1500 for a Vintage Flagship, and some of the most popular ones include the Flagship Ref 30L and the Ref. 2310.

Vintage Longines WWII Watches

I’m a big fan of rugged watches, the ones that can be worn for any activity, and these are what the Longines WWII watches represent. They were made specifically for military officers with the most sturdy materials. They featured up to 50 meters of water resistance with shock resistance and anti-magnetic components. 

These qualities made them ideal for very harsh conditions. They have a unique look rarely found on other types of watches. A no-nonsense dial with bold Arabic numerals, luminous hands that can be easily seen in the dark, a leather strap, and stainless steel case. 

The WWII watches also featured hand-winding movements, and this was because of the functionality as they didn’t require a constant change of battery. These watches are still very much used today because they are sturdy and reliable. 

Some examples of WWII watches include the Longines 12.68Z, which were issued to officers in the Swiss Army, and the Longines 6B/159 RAF, which were given to the Royal Airforce Pilots. The Longines WWII watches range between $1,000-$2,000.

Vintage Longines Chronograph Watches 

The chronograph vintage watches from Longines are some of the most sought-after by collectors worldwide. Their unique features, elegant designs, and outstanding craftsmanship distinguish them from the other collections. 

No other watch brand has produced as many chronograph references as Longines, and the company is one of the first to make high-quality in-house chronographs. 

Only pocket watches had chronograph movements back in the day, and it was difficult for soldiers and pilots to be on the move and access them simultaneously, so Longines launched the 13.33Z, one of the first chronograph movements in a wristwatch. 

By the Second World War, pilots needed a more precise and functional chronograph, so Longines designed the 13ZN movement in 1936, and it was the first chronograph with a fly-back function.

One of the most popular models from the WWII collection is the Flyback 30CH Chronograph. It came after the 13ZN, and it came with almost the same functions. The movement has a recognizable rhodium finish with so many screws. 

It was designed with so much sophistication that it is still very reliable to date. Some other chronograph timepieces from Longines include the Admiral Chronograph and the Conquest Chronograph. These watches are sold for around $2,000.

Vintage Longines Dive Watches

The dive watches from Longines are one of the most rinsed and repeated of all their watches as they constantly improve yearly. Aside from being famous for their history and functionality, they are also well known for their craftsmanship and quality. They were built with high-quality materials for deep water pressure and feature very accurate and durable movements. 

The company first attempted a dive watch in the 1950s with the Nautilus Skin Diver; this timepiece didn’t have deep water resistance, so it was not very popular back then. It was one of the first watches to have an external bezel that rotated. 

Another iconic dive watch from Longines is the Admiral 7, which was introduced in 1961, and this one was made differently. It was one of the first watches to have a water resistance of up to 200 meters which made it very popular. These watches cost between $3000 to $7000.

Who Should Buy a Vintage Longines Watch?

Vintage Longines timepieces are for collectors and watch lovers that enjoy the history, elegance, and craftsmanship of vintage watches. They are also an excellent choice for people looking to purchase timepieces that have held their value over the years. 

However, if you love the general designs or look of vintage watches and need one that can serve as a daily beater, you should rather consider going for any of the modern vintage-inspired timepieces from Longines. 

They have the same classic style as the vintage ones, but they come cheaper, tougher, and can be replaced easily and quickly from the current production line. 

Generally, people buy vintage timepieces for their love of them. So if your heart skips a beat when you see an original vintage watch and can afford it, pull the trigger by all means. 

But if you are just looking to go for that vintage aesthetic without actually having to look after your watch too much, there are many other options on the Longines line that potentially suit your taste without going bankrupt.


Summarily, owning a vintage Longines timepiece is a perfect way to add a touch of class and history to your look. They are also the ideal types of vintage watches to invest in, as most of them tend to increase in value as years go by. 

If you are looking for a timepiece with an iconic history and a timeless design, a vintage Longines watch seems like an excellent decision choice for your wrist.

Best Longines Women's Watches

Every second counts and every moment is precious! In a world where time is our most valuable resource, Longines offers a range of styles, from classic to contemporary, catering to the diverse tastes of women. These watches grace the wrist of fashion-conscious females and embody the beauty of every passing moment.

From the delicate dance of hands on the dials to the exquisite craftsmanship adorning each piece, join us in exploring the pinnacle of style and functionality in the best Longines Women’s Watches. Fun Fact: Longines holds the title of the oldest registered watchmaking brand still in operation in the world!

About Longines Women’s Watches

Longines is a luxury brand that has carved a name synonymous with timeless elegance and precision. The watch company was founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, and it has maintained its presence and reputation in the world of horology for nearly two centuries. 

Longines’ famous motto is “Elegance is an attitude”. This encapsulates the brand’s belief that true elegance goes beyond appearances and is a way of carrying oneself.

The Swiss Marque recognizes and celebrates the diverse tastes and preferences of women and offers them (offers us) options that reflect their (our) individuality.

Some of the popular Longines watch collections for women include:

The Longines DolceVita

Inspired by the Italian way of life, “Dolce Vita”, translates to “sweet life”. The watches in this line draw inspiration from the relaxed and glamorous Italian lifestyle of the 1950s and 1960s. 

The collection features rectangular and tonneau-shaped cases, often adorned with diamonds or other precious elements.

You’ll be blown away by the range of dial options here, as this line includes mother-of-pearl, silver, and many sunray dials.

There are various strap choices, like stainless steel bracelets, leather straps, or satin straps. Watches in the DolceVita collection are equipped with precise quartz or automatic movements, ensuring accurate timekeeping.

Fun Fact: British actress Kate Winslet has been spotted wearing different variations of the Longines DolceVita watches on various occasions. 

The Longines PrimaLuna

“PrimaLuna” is an Italian term that translates to “first moon” or “first light of the moon” in English. It is often associated with the gentle and enchanting light that the moon emits during its initial phases in the night sky. 

That said, the Longines PrimaLuna captures the idea of femininity and delicate beauty. Think of it as the soft and alluring glow of the moon’s first appearance… Super romantic!

Anyways, expect to find harmonious design elements in various sizes that portray the beauty of the moonlight. The collection features round cases and dials adorned with subtle touches such as Roman numerals, diamond hour markers, and elegant hands. 

The collection is powered by reliable quartz or automatic movements and is equipped with various strap options, from stainless steel bracelets to leather straps.

Fun Fact: Acclaimed Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been seen wearing the Longines PrimaLuna watches at different events!

The Longines Conquest Classic

Launched in 2014 as a tribute to the Longines’ rich heritage, this collection blends sporty elegance with traditional craftsmanship.

The line offers a range of watches that seamlessly transition between casual and formal occasions and includes options for both men and women. Watches here feature round cases with a variety of dial designs often characterized by Arabic numerals, diamond hour markers, and intricate details.

The Conquest Classic watches are equipped with precise automatic movements and come with stainless steel bracelets or leather straps.

Fun Fact: The Longines Conquest Classic draws inspiration from the world of horse racing and equestrian events!

What To Look For in Longines Women’s Watches

Longines has various lines dedicated to women, each with a unique theme and design. To discover a Longines watch that resonates with you, here’s a basic buyer’s guide to help get you a timepiece that aligns with your lifestyle and needs.

  1. Watch Design

First off, find out what design appeals to you. If you’re a woman who appreciates timeless sophistication, Longines offers watches with clean lines, simple dials, and delicate details. 

The Longines DolceVita collection, for example, features rectangular cases and an understated elegance that suits a classic, refined style. If, however, you’re into an active lifestyle and prefer a sportier look, consider watches in the Longines HydroConquest collection.

Women who prefer a modern and minimalistic style should check out watches with sleek, slim cases and uncluttered dials. You can find such designs in the La Grande Classique collection.

Collections like the Longines PrimaLuna and Longines Heritage collections are where you’ll find watches that combine classic design elements with a modern twist.

  1. Case Size

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to choosing the right case size. On average, the case sizes for women’s Longines watches typically range from around 24mm to 36mm.  But if you like the look and feel of a watch with a diameter above 38mm, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t wear it.

Small cases (considered petite and dainty) range from 24mm to 28mm in diameter. Medium-sized cases work well for both formal and casual occasions and measure around 29mm to 33mm across. Female watches in the standard size range are the most popular, measuring 34mm to 38mm.

But if you’re among the women embracing larger watch sizes as a fashion-forward choice, you should consider sizes that range from 38mm to 42 mm.  Ultimately, the choice of case size comes down to your personal preference and how you feel when wearing the watch. It’s essential to choose a size that you’re comfortable with, and that reflects your style.

  1. Strap

Longines offers a variety of strap options for their women’s watches, including leather, stainless steel, and sometimes even fabric or rubber. 

The choice of strap material, color, and design can significantly impact the watch’s appearance and how well it compliments your outfit. It’s important to select a strap that aligns with your style and the occasions you plan to wear the watch.

If you love watches with a classic look, go for a leather strap. A watch with a stainless steel bracelet, on the other hand, is a great option for women who want a more modern and sophisticated vibe.

  1. Functionality

The functionality of a watch refers to the various practical features and capabilities it offers beyond its aesthetic appeal. These functions enhance the watch’s usefulness and cater to different needs and preferences.

In addition to time-telling, some Longines women’s watches include complications like a date, GMT function, and moon phase displays.

Women with active lifestyles and frequently encounter water-related situations should opt for Longines watches with water resistance ranging from 100 to 300 meters.

The Best Longines Women’s Watches

With that said, here’s a list of the 15 best Longines women’s watches you can get today:

Longines Legend Diver Mother of Pearl (ref. L3.374.4.80.0)

Hey ladies….say ‘I do’ to Longines Legend Diver Mother of Pearl! A Mother of Pearl watch features a dial that is crafted from the inner layer of mollusk shells, typically from oysters or abalones. 

Also known as nacre, these watches are prized for their natural iridescence and shimmering appearance. The Ref. L3.374.4.80.0 has a pure, almost ethereal appearance with a shimmering surface that seems to capture the essence of time.

The watch comes in a 36mm case, and the white dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Suitable for professional diving, this timepiece is capable of withstanding water pressures and depths up to 300 meters. It is powered by the Longines Caliber L592 and retails for approximately US$2,400.

Longines Hydroconquest Two Tone (ref. L3.370.3.89.6)

The Hydroconquest collection seamlessly blends sporty functionality with elegant designs, making them versatile enough to be worn in various settings.

The watches here are designed with a strong emphasis on water resistance, making them suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The Ref. L3.370.3.89.6 is a stylish and versatile watch that seamlessly combines stainless steel and rose gold accents in its design.

The two-tone aesthetic adds a touch of elegance to its sporty look, making it a great choice for women who appreciate both functionality and aesthetics. The 32mm case features a unidirectional rotating bezel and a large screw-down crown which helps it attain 300 meters of water resistance.

The Mother of Pearl dial carries a soft, iridescent elegance, and the watch is powered by a quartz movement, the Caliber L156. Expect to spend around US$2,000 for a new piece.

Longines Conquest Classic (ref. L2.386.4.52.6)

The Conquest Classic collection is known to blend vintage design elements with modern features, resulting in a harmonious balance between tradition and innovation.

The Ref. L2.386.4.52.6 is presented in a round 34mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 8.90 mm. The black dial features rose-gold applied index hour markers, along with a date display at 3 o’clock.

With its classic design and water-resistant rating of 50 meters, this watch is suitable for both formal occasions and everyday wear. The watch is powered by a quartz movement, which is often more accurate than some mechanical watches.

It is fitted with a sleek stainless steel bracelet and retails for US$975 MSRP.

Longines Master Collection Moonphase (ref. L2.409.4.87.2)

The Moonphase Ref. L2.409.4.87.2 is a wearable work of art that combines artistic aesthetics with precision engineering for a look that’s as unique as you are! The 34mm watch features a white mother-of-pearl dial with a gentle sheen that evokes feelings of grace and timeless beauty.

The diamond-set hour markers twinkle like a starlit sky, while the moon phase complication at 6′ adds a touch of celestial wonder, reminding us of the ever-turning cycles of time.

The watch is equipped with a red alligator leather strap that completes the timeless elegance and sophistic look. 

It is powered by a self-winding movement, the caliber L899 with 21 jewels, and an impressive power reserve of 64 hours. The Ref. L2.409.4.87.2 costs around US$3,000 

Longines Elegant (ref. L4.312.4.77.6)

The Longines Elegant Ref. L4.312.4.77.6 is a mesmerizing embodiment of beauty and class.

The 34.5 mm watch features delicate curves and refined details that evoke a sense of enchantment and effortlessly captivate the beholder.

I mean, take a look at that highly polished stainless steel case and bracelet. Seen the silver dial with gem-set indexes yet? Oh, and what about sleek stick hands that sweep across the dial, leaving a lasting impression of refined allure?

Trust me, ladies, wearing this watch is akin to adorning your wrist with a piece of art.

Power is derived from the caliber L891.5, a self-winding movement with 26 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. The Ref. L4.312.4.77.6 retails for about US$2,500.

Longines Evidenza (ref. L2.

The Longines Evidenza is a collection of wristwatches that draws inspiration from the Art Deco style. With a touch of vintage charm and a dash of modern allure, the Ref. L2. is a breathtaking addition to this iconic collection.

The tonneau-shaped watch measures 26 x 30 mm. A comfortable and luxurious blue alligator leather strap drapes the case around the wrist softly and tenderly like a whisper. The silver dial, adorned with Roman indices, is a captivating blend of geometric precision and artistic flair.

The entire watch is simply mesmerizing, thanks to its clean lines, bold contrasting elements, and intricate patterns. All its features are meticulously arranged to create a harmonious visual composition. 

It retails for around US$2,125 and is powered by the Caliber L592 with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours.

Longines Dolce Vita (ref. L5.

We have already established that the DolceVita is one of Longines’ most popular collections, known for elegant and timeless designs.

The Ref. L5. is presented in a rectangular 20.80 X 32.00 mm stainless steel case with a radiant finish that catches the light in a mesmerizing dance. 

The unique shape evokes a sense of femininity and confidence, effortlessly complementing any outfit and occasion. Inspired by the relaxed Italian lifestyle, this watch encapsulates the glamor and dynamism of the Art Deco movement.

The flinqué dial has fine geometric patterns etched into it by use of the guilloché technique. Afterward, the dial has been covered with a protective enamel coating. The quartz watch is only splash-proof and retails for US$1,425 MSRP.

Longines La Grande Classique Red Gold (ref. L4.

The La Grande Classique collection features watches with slim profiles, minimalistic dials, and a focus on classic aesthetics. Coming in a stainless steel case PVD-coated in red gold, the Ref. L4. has a diameter of 24.00mm.

The use of red gold in its construction adds a touch of sophistication, finesse, and luxury to this timepiece. The pink sunburst dial with gem-set indexes evokes a sense of femininity and confidence, effortlessly complementing any outfit and occasion.

The quartz watch can withstand accidental splashes and retails for approximately US$1,700. 

Longines Primaluna Pink Dial (ref. L8.

“Primaluna” is an Italian term that translates to “first moon” in English. Longines poetically uses it to refer to the appearance of the moon during the early stages of its lunar cycle. That said, the intricate details and subtle curves of the Ref. L8. mirrors the moon’s soft radiance. 

The highly polished surface of the 30mm stainless steel case reflects a sense of refinement and beauty. The refreshing pink dial steals the show and evokes a sense of anticipation and wonder.

It features a date window at 3 o’clock and sleek sword-shaped hands. Under the hood is the caliber L595, an automatic movement with 20 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours.

The Primaluna Pink Dial retails for around US$2,000.

Longines Flagship (ref. L4.374.4.59.6)

Known for its chic and refined style, the Flagship collection features clean and graceful watches of very high quality. Showcasing an ultra-modern design, the Ref. L4.374.4.59.6 features a black dial with a captivating allure that is both mysterious and enchanting. 

The 30mm stainless steel watch has a thickness of 8.1 mm. This means it is slender, making it a great choice for women who prefer a more delicate and understated look.

Sleek sword-shaped silver hands move gracefully against the darkness of the dial. There’s a discreet date window at 3 o’clock, and the caliber L592 provides a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. 

The Longines Flagship Ref. L4.374.4.59.6 costs around US$1,600.

Longines Conquest 2023 (ref. L3.430.4.07.6)

The Longines Conquest collection is a popular line first introduced by the brand in 1954. For over 60 years, the line has stayed true to its classic design; however, Longines decided to revamp the entire collection.

The revised watches now have a more contemporary look, and the Ref. L3.430.4.07.6 excellently portrays the new sporty-chic look. The watch comes in a highly polished 34 mm stainless steel case that gleams with an immaculate shine, reflecting the world around it like a mirror.

The striking green dial has a subtle yet undeniable connection to nature, calming the spirit and inviting a moment of peaceful contemplation with every glance.

Water resistant to a depth of 100 meters, this reference also offers a beautiful view of the caliber L888.5 through the transparent case back. It retails for around US$2,400.

Longines Master Collection Yellow Gold (ref. L2.

If you’re looking for timepieces that reflect Longines’ dedication to horological excellence, the Master Collection is where you’ll find the majority of them.

Made with luxurious materials and precision movements, these watches are a symbol of the brand’s heritage and expertise in watchmaking. The Ref. L2. is presented in a 29 mm stainless steel and 18kt yellow gold case with a see-through back.

The exquisite women’s watch features a gold-yellow dial that radiates warmth and elegance. The radiant color evokes feelings of luxury and opulence, reminiscent of sunlit moments that bring a sense of joy and positivity.

The two-toned bracelet completes the look, embracing the wrist in a cocoon of timeless beauty. The splash-proof watch is powered by the caliber L592 and retails for US$3,300.

Longines Dolce Vita X YVY (ref. L5.512.4.79.2)

Launched in collaboration with Yvonne Reichmuth, founder and creative director of YVY GmbH, the Dolce Vita X YVY is inspired by the bridles of horses. The watch features a leather wristband and an extra strap that can be worn separately on the wrist without the case. 

The delicate hue of the beige watch exudes warmth and tranquility, reminiscent of sun-kissed sands and quiet moments by the sea. The quartz watch is splashproof and features a rectangular 37 x 23.3mm stainless steel case.

Made for the fashion-conscious woman, the subtle shimmer on the surface of the case captures the light just right, mirroring a gentle twinkle under bright light. The watch is superb and retails for approximately US$1,700.

Longines Evidenza Petroleum Dial (ref. L2.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine adorning your wrist with a tonneau-shaped watch. Feel the curvaceous form gently hugging you as it stirs up a sense of femininity and poise. “Evidenza” is an Italian word that translates to “evidence” in English. 

Longines introduced this collection in the early 2000s to showcase the brand’s commitment to precision watchmaking with a touch of retro charm. Women who appreciate a blend of historical design and contemporary functionality will particularly find the Ref. L2. alluring.

The case measures 26mm in diameter, and the delicate petroleum-blue dial draws inspiration from the Art Deco period. The splash-proof watch is powered by the Longines caliber L592.2 and can be purchased for around US$2,200.

Longines La Grande Classique Diamond Bezel (ref. L4.523.0.60.2)

🎶Shine bright like a diamond…oh oh oh🎶

Shining bright is the Longines La Grande Classique, thanks to its diamond bezel! With a slender profile of just 4.50 mm and an exquisite diamond-studded bezel, this watch glistens like a star in the night sky.

The 29mm case features delicate curves that capture the essence of elegance. And the plain dial, reminiscent of nature’s lush landscapes, exudes a calming and refreshing aura with its serene shade of green.

The quartz watch is splash-proof and retails for US$3,650.


Longines continues to captivate the hearts of women with a stunning array of timepieces that effortlessly marry form and function.

The brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and design excellence shines through in each watch mentioned above, offering a harmonious blend of elegance, precision, and style.

With a Longines watch, every moment becomes an opportunity to revel in beauty and refinement. So fall in love with these watches, ladies!

Best Longines Men's Watches

From the realms of affordability to the pinnacles of opulence, Longines has consistently demonstrated its mastery in marrying design finesse with technical prowess. Each timepiece is an embodiment of the brand’s enduring legacy, dating back to 1832 when Auguste Agassiz set out to craft exceptional watches under the star-studded Swiss skies.

Our horological expedition will traverse through a splendid array of Longines timepieces, showcasing their distinct personalities and encapsulating the very essence of sophistication. From aviation-inspired wonders that harken to the golden age of flight to dive watches that plunge fearlessly into aquatic depths, our list is a symphony of styles and functionalities.

So, fasten your seatbelts, synchronize your chronographs, and prepare to be immersed in the world of Longines horology, where every tick and tock echoes the brand’s commitment to excellence. Let’s jump into the enchanting landscape of time, where Longines stands tall as a sentinel of style, substance, and Swiss watchmaking mastery.

Quality First – About Longines Watches

With roots reaching back to the early 19th century, Longines has ceaselessly orchestrated a symphony of watchmaking mastery. Its heritage is a tapestry woven with threads of innovation and precision, dating back to a time when pocket watches ruled the wrists of gentlemen.

Longines watches are the epitome of refined craftsmanship, a seamless blend of tradition and innovation. From intricately engraved dials to the dance of gears within, each timepiece is a canvas of meticulous artistry. The brand’s dedication to chronometric excellence has earned it coveted titles, including ‘The Watch of Elegance’ and ‘The Watch of Aviators’.

Why choose a Longines watch, you ask? Well, beyond the immaculate aesthetics lies a collection of reasons. It’s the embodiment of a rich legacy, a statement of personal style, and a testament to horological precision. Longines has curated a watch for every wrist and occasion. 

So, whether you’re drawn by the allure of history, the embrace of luxury, or the precision of Swiss craftsmanship, choosing a Longines watch isn’t merely owning a timepiece—it’s possessing a slice of time itself.

Spotting a Swiss Gem – What To Look For In Longines Men’s Watches

In the captivating world of horology, where precision and aesthetics entwine, Longines stands as a venerable titan, consistently crafting timepieces that bridge the gap between style and substance. 

As we embark on a journey through the 15 Best Longines Men’s Watches Across All Categories, let’s first equip ourselves with the art of making the right choice – because every wrist deserves a masterpiece.

Deciphering the Watch Purpose

Before you dive into the ocean of Longines offerings, take a moment to define the purpose your new wrist companion will serve. Are you seeking an elegant dress watch for black-tie affairs, a rugged sports watch for adventurous escapades, or perhaps a versatile daily wearer? The purpose will guide your selection, ensuring your watch resonates with your lifestyle.

Size & Proportions – The Perfect Fit

A harmonious blend of aesthetics and comfort, size matters when it comes to wristwatches. Longines offers diverse sizes across its collections, from contemporary 40mm cases to more substantial 44mm timepieces. Consider the proportions that suit your wrist; a dress watch might demand understated elegance, while a sporty chronograph could embrace a bolder presence.

Unraveling the Movement Type

The heart of every watch, the movement, dictates its performance and functionality. Longines crafts its watches with unparalleled precision, featuring automatic, quartz, and even mechanical chronograph movements. If you appreciate the intricate choreography of gears and springs, a mechanical movement might be your choice. For practicality and convenience, the accuracy of a quartz movement could be your ideal companion.

The Best Longines Men’s Watches

With all that said, here’s a list of the 15 best Longines men’s watches you can buy today:

1. Longines Hydroconquest (ref. L3.741.4.56.6)

I like to think of the Hydroconquest as Longines’ version of the Submariner – it’s an endlessly wearable, dynamic timepiece built for aquatic adventures. Its sleek black ceramic bezel and stainless steel case house the L888, Longines’ own reliable, automatic movement. 

The bold black dial features luminescent markers for clear underwater visibility, and with a water resistance of up to 300 meters, you’ll undoubtedly have every opportunity to make use of that glow. Retailing for a very fair $1,375, the HydroConquest perfectly balances style and functionality and is a great jumping-off point for those interested in exploring Swiss timepieces.

2. Longines Spirit Zulu Time (ref. L3.802.4.63.6)

The Spirit Zulu Time pays homage to aviation history with a distinctive dual-time function. Its robust stainless steel case houses an automatic movement that powers the GMT hand, allowing you to track two timezones effortlessly. The striking black dial and beige Super-LumiNova numerals provide excellent legibility, while the 3-link bracelet plays to the Zulu Time’s lightly sporty appeal.

Priced around $3,150, this watch is a true companion for globetrotters and a slightly more affordable stand-in for timepieces like the universally beloved Tudor Black Bay 58, which it resembles in more ways than one. Its measured contemporary design and sturdy build make this Longines an utterly valuable proposition.

3. Longines Flagship Heritage (ref. L4.795.4.78.2)

The Flagship Heritage is a simple yet sophisticated ticker with a silver dial that exudes elegance thanks in part to its gilt gold hands and applied gold indices. Complemented by a polished stainless steel case and brown leather strap, the Flagship Heritage is about as traditional by design as a modern watch comes.

Its automatic movement ensures precision, while the small seconds sub-dial adds a refined touch that again speaks to an older time. With a price tag of approximately $1,900, the Flagship Heritage captures the essence of Longines’ heritage and style – simple things done well without fixing what isn’t broken. You can’t go wrong with that…

4. Longines Master Collection Moonphase (ref. L2.673.4.78.3)

The Master Collection Moonphase blends artistry and mechanics to arrive at Longines’ busiest dial design of all time. Its moon phase complication adds a touch of celestial allure to the rich blue dial, as well as a dash of color. Housed in a stainless steel case and powered by an automatic movement, this watch offers day, date, and month functions across various sub-dials. 

The brown alligator leather strap completes the look, a balancing act between tradition and modernity. Retailing for $3,550, this timepiece is a lot of watch. Although it may be too numeral-heavy on the dial for some, others will love the Master Collection Moonphase for how informative it is.

5. Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph (ref. L2.830.4.93.0)

A nod to vintage racing, the Heritage Classic Chronograph exudes a suave sportiness, the likes of which are unmatched by other Longines timepieces. The panda-style dial features two contrasting sub-dials at 3 and 9, while the black leather strap adds a rugged charm. 

Blue numerals on the outer ring match up effortlessly with the blue seconds hands (yes, they’re on the sub-dials, too), and a black ring within the face creates a powerful contrast which I think defines this timepiece. Throw on a couple of pushers on either side of the crown, and you’re starting to look very sporty, indeed! 

The L895 self-winding mechanical movement powers the chronograph and functions flawlessly. With an approximate price of $3,425, this watch captures the spirit of motorsport while maintaining Longines’ signature sense of refinement.

6. Longines Conquest Quartz (ref. L3.759.4.58.6)

The Conquest Quartz embodies precision and performance in very similar ways to Rolex’s Explorer. In fact, one would be hard-pressed not to think of the famous Rolex when looking at the Conquest Quartz. Like the baseline Explorer, it’s got a black dial adorned with luminous markers and only a couple of numerals among indices, all enclosed within a stainless steel case. 

Unlike the Rolex, it’s got a date window and is powered by a quartz movement, which ensures affordability and fairly reliable timekeeping, while the stainless steel bracelet provides comfort and durability. Priced at $825, this watch offers unbeatable value for those seeking a blend of style and accuracy or for those who can’t yet afford their grail Rolex!

7. Longines Legend Diver (ref. L3.774.4.50.9)

Explore the depths of nostalgia with the Legend Diver, a reinterpretation of a 1960s icon that epitomizes unorthodox diver design. Lacking a bezel altogether, the Legend Diver has a simple black dial, divided up into two scales by Super-LumiNova markers – minutes on an inner ring and seconds at the edge of the dial. 

Retro hands pay homage to vintage dive watches in a simple yet effective manner, pushed by the automatic movement, which offers a power reserve of up to 64 hours. 

This is all encased in stainless steel and safe up to 300M underwater. The dimpled, black rubber strap completes the vintage aesthetic and grants wearers a world of comfort both above and below the surface. Retailing for $2,500, this watch is a slightly different diver for those who value individuality in the deep.

8. Longines Spirit Titanium (ref. L3.810.1.53.6)

The Spirit Titanium embodies modern resilience, and for Longines, it certainly represents the apex of their ‘everyday’ watches, at least in terms of durability. Its 40mm sandblasted titanium case and bracelet ensure a lightweight and durable experience without compromising on style. 

The black dial with beige numerals inspires a sense of antiquity and has excellent legibility, while the COSC-certified automatic movement guarantees near-absolute precision. With a price of $3,100, the Spirit Titanium is a watch that’s hard to beat. I only wish those stars on the dial didn’t make me think of a Holiday Inn…

9. Longines Master Collection Salmon Dial (ref. L2.843.4.93.2)

For the more discerning gentlemen among us, the Master Collection Salmon Dial offers a familiar kind of warmth and refinement. With a brushed, salmon-colored face as a striking centerpiece, complemented by a stainless steel case and gray alligator leather strap, this timepiece speaks most convincingly to old souls and suit-wears. 

The automatic movement powers the show, including a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and does so with aplomb. The engraved Arabic numerals are a detail not to be overlooked, as they represent the attention paid to each piece and certainly give this watch a unique edge over others on this list. 

Priced around $2,500, this watch is honestly underrated – I reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more of these in high-end collections over the coming years.

10. Longines Ultra-Chron (ref. L2.836.4.52.6)

If you’re a fan of the original Seiko 5 Sports watch (or the original 1968 Ultra-Chron Diver, for that matter), you will love Longines’ new Ultra-Chron, which stands as a testament to Longines’ pioneering legacy in sports timing. The black dial, marked with elegant silver indexes, is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case, the very shape of which evokes the spirit of the ‘60s.

The automatic movement boasts a high-frequency balance for enhanced accuracy, beating at 36,000 vph with a power reserve of 52 hours. It’s not a tech-savvy dive computer. Nor is it a showy Sea-Dweller. It’s a piece of Swiss history, revitalized to compete with modern standards. At $3,600, this is likely the most precise dive watch you’ll find at this price point, and it’s good up to 300 meters underwater, which is a lot more than some more expensive timepieces.

11. Longines Avigation Type A-7 (ref. L2.812.4.53.2)

Paying tribute to aviation history, the Avigation Type A-7 features an unconventional dial orientation (the numerals are rotated two ‘hours’ in the clockwise direction) for easy readability while flying. 

The deep black dial and large, lumed Arabic numerals exude a certain vintage charm, while the brown leather strap, cathedral hands, and embellished pusher crown add some authenticity in this regard. Longines’ automatic L788 movement brings to life 2 subdials – it’s a single-push chronograph mechanism, after all. Priced around $3,900, this watch is a must-have for aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, and those of you who love something a bit different.

12. Longines Conquest 2023 (ref. L3.835.4.52.6)

The Conquest 2023 embraces modern elegance while painting the same spirit that it was imbued with upon the collection’s initial release in 1954. A jet-black dial hosts silver touches, 3 sub-dials, and a date display enclosed in a stainless steel case and bracelet. The watch’s bezel is smooth, black, and altogether unassuming, aside from the red font of the word ‘Tachymeter’ that labels its scale. 

At 42mm, it’s definitely wearable but does feel slightly larger than it should due to the crown and pushers that control the automatic L898 movement. With an approximate price of $3,650, the Conquest 2023 offers a true sports chronograph experience for a very approachable amount of money.

13. Longines Record (ref. L2.921.4.56.6)

Perhaps the most obvious choice for an everyday watch, the Record exemplifies Longines’ commitment to precision timekeeping and leisurely aesthetics. The matte black dial is housed in a stainless steel case, and the automatic movement is COSC-certified for exceptional accuracy. I’m a huge fan of the numerals on even numbers and indices at odd-hour markers and how the gilt gold hands and details on the dial contrast so tastefully with the matte black backdrop. 

This is an ingeniously well-designed timepiece, no doubt. This is exhibited in many ways, least of all by the fact that it takes you a second look to even notice that there are 2 pushers on the Record. Priced around $3,125, the Record, I would argue, does what no other watch on this list can – it succeeds in walking the tightrope between smart and casual effortlessly without sacrificing technical prowess.

14. Longines Hydroconquest Two Tone (ref. L3.742.3.96.7)

If the stainless steel Hydroconquest is a Longines ‘Submariner’, this two-tone version is the 1980s Longines Sub reinvented. The combination of stainless steel and rose gold elements exudes luxury almost to a fault, conjuring up images of ‘Money Never Sleeps’ Wall Street broker types in Gucci suits and 80s Ferraris. 

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – this is definitely an eye-catching watch. The black face and bezel insert do well to taper some of the outward garishness that the two-tone displays in its own right, while splashes of white on the dial make everything feel a bit lighter. More easygoing, if you will. It’s not all flash, though – equipped with a quartz movement, the new Hydroconquest retails for a cool $1,250, making it an astonishingly affordable Swiss timepiece that feels like it’s worth far more.

15. Longines Spirit Flyback Chronograph (ref. L3.821.4.53.6)

The Spirit Flyback Chronograph combines contemporary design with the impressive functionality of a flyback chronograph, or a ‘retour en vol’, as the French call it.  Instead of having to be reset between timings, the flyback chronograph just takes one push, and it restarts immediately. Handy, time-saving watch-geekery at its best! 

The black dial boasts bold Arabic numerals and two sub-dials, while the stainless steel case and bracelet grant the watch a certain sturdiness among contemporary peers. Much like the bezel on the Conquest 2023, this watch’s bezel is unidirectional and very understated, which adds to its impressively ambiguous design.

Powered by the caliber L791, an automatic movement, the flyback chronograph complication is perhaps the coolest complication on this list, even if most people who own this watch rarely use its timer functions. Being the most pricey timepiece on the list is another unique thing about the Spirit Flyback – at $4,550, it’s not cheap, but somebody had to put that flyback movement together, and believe me, it took them a while.

The Swiss Connection – Let Longines Be Your Friend

In the tapestry of horology, where precision meets passion, these watches stand as a symphony of both style and substance. From the Avigation Type A-7 to the timeless elegance of the Flagship Heritage, each timepiece is a testament to Longines’ mastery. 

We explored purpose-driven choices, the dance of size and proportions, and the heartbeats of various movement types. Longines watches aren’t just instruments to measure time; they’re part of the very DNA of horology, so to dismiss them (in the way that so many do) as ‘cheap’ or ‘unimpressive’ is, evidently, a fool’s errand. 

With Swiss craftsmanship coursing through their veins, these watches are more than accessories; they’re guardians of legacy, whispers of innovation, and echoes of elegance. We should all own a Longines, I think. And there are plenty here to choose from!

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