Hands – on: Longines Hydroconquest

If you have around 1,000 euros for the purchase of a watch available, you can either buy a Japanese make from Seiko or Citizen or a model of the numerous fashion brands and Microbrands. Is it also possible to find the established Swiss brands?

Longines HydroConquest-Longines’ long-lasting burner

Why discuss a watch that has been on the market for ten years? Well, sometimes such a model is still interesting enough to take a new look. One reason is that this is one of Longines’ bestsellers. We would like to know and find out why. In the case of the Longines HydroConquest reference L3.642.4.56.6, the interesting price for such a large Swiss brand attracted our attention. We wanted to know what it has to offer at MATHGENERAL.com.

Many watch enthusiasts like to swarm from the good old times, when instrument watches were still instrument clocks and had a price, which was relatively high, but still in the affordable range. Many of these watches still exist, but they are now marketed as luxury watches and cost a heathen. Watches, which are technically probably fully capable of meeting the requirements of an instrument clock. But does one want to expose its expensive timepiece to salt water, bumps and hard surfaces, where it is guaranteed to be scratched?

Do not worry, there are still suppliers who try to supply or deliver instrument watches at attractive prices that meet the requirements. If you want a good clock for everyday (down) use, one that you probably will even survive, you do not have to spend more than 5,000 euros. However, the challenge for watch enthusiasts is to find just as a good but favorable mechanical watch with impressive technical features.

Although we are fond of talking about haute horlogerie watches, expensive vintage timepieces and similar topics, the search for a good and affordable watch is perhaps more important to many of our readers. The Longines HydroConquest L3.642.4.56.6 costs just over 1,000 euros. And, is not that an interesting offer?

Ten years of HydroConquest-the diving watch offers

Imagine: a 41-millimeter water-tight housing up to 300 meters (30 ATM); a stainless steel strap with double safety folding clasp and integrated dipping extension; a mechanical movement, caliber Longines 633, base Eta automatic caliber 2824 ; a single-turn safety bezel with aluminum insert; a screw-down crown and a sapphire crystal. Longines offers these HydroConquest for 1,050 Euro and 1,230 USD inclusive VAT in their catalog.

The Longines HydroConquest is already ten years old because it was presented in 2007. At that time, Omega , the sister brand in the Swatch Group, decided to increase the list price of their watches due to the in-house co-axial production. Although the Omega Seamaster Pro 300M 2531.80 cost a little more than 1,050 euros, Longines filled this (sudden) gap in the Swatch Group’s brand portfolio with its new HydroConquest diving watch collection.

Specifications are one way to impress people, but how does the watch wear on the skin? We have received these Longines HydroConquest for testing and want to give our conclusion after we have worn them for a while.

The external appearance of the HydroConquest

Let me begin by saying that I am absolutely not a diver. In contrast to me, some of my colleagues at Fratellowatches have a diving certification from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). I just go swimming from time to time, and I usually put my watch off anyway. However, one must not forget that a diving watch is designed exclusively for carrying in the water. For me, a diving watch is a solid and sporty timepiece, which thanks to its water and dust tightness is also a watch for everyday life.
The sporty Longines HydroConquest is so elegant that it also fits to a suit or casual style. Especially when you are short-sleeved, the watch should also withstand the dangers in everyday life, such as shopping, water (shower, washing hands, rain or snow), table edges, children and so on.
The 41 mm stainless steel case looks solid and fits perfectly to my wrist. There is also a smaller version with 39 millimeters diameter for people with narrow wrists as well as the ladies size with 30 millimeters. In addition, the HydroConquest collection offers a quartz version with a diameter of 25 millimeters.

Case and dial Longines HydroConquest

The case is satined and polished, which creates beautiful reflections in the sunlight. The dial is particularly easy to read and equipped with Superluminova on the indexes, the Arabic numerals and the prominent, silver-polished hands. A sports watch should in any case have a legible dial, especially if it is a diving watch. This Longines HydroConquest demonstrates how to do that. Although personally the date function is not important, this model has a date window at three o’clock. The watch offers almost all essential functions. All those who are interested in a chronograph will be pleased to find it in the line. The chronographs cost around 700 euros more.

Here you can see two images, one under normal light conditions or in studiolight (above) and one in the dark (below), to show how strongly the Superluminova dial of the Longines HydroConquest lights up. I think she’s perfect for the nightclub too, right? One should never underestimate the usefulness of a luminous dial. I have never paid much attention, except for our reviews. However, I now wear a watch without a luminescent dial and that irritates me very much in the dark. Now that I have none, I miss it almost every day. (Maybe I should get something out of here: if I bring my little daughter to bed at night, her room is absolutely dark. She wants me to stay with her until she falls asleep.

In addition, the dial has only the absolutely necessary writing. One might discuss whether it might be better to specify the automatic plant. In terms of design and balance of the dial, however, it makes sense.

Dive bezel and screw-down crown: The HydroConquest from Longines is the perfect diving companion

The unidirectional rotating bezel works perfectly and has no play. It locks in reliably and is equipped with a luminescent spot to index the 0 (or 60). The unilateral rotatable aluminum bezel is essential for a diving watch, but can also be used, for example, to set a specific time span.

Another typical element of a diving watch is the screwable crown. Longines has a beautiful crown with signature that is easy to grip and use. The crown protector on the top and bottom ensures adequate protection when it comes to contact with door posts, shopping trolleys and so on. Or should I talk about stones under the water surface? In order to prevent any kind of scarring, it is equipped with this beautifully shaped and polished crown protector, which fully fulfills its purpose.

The picture also shows the carefully polished housing parts. Longines, the design and the finish of this instrument has been very successful. This makes it a perfect timepiece you can wear every day, or even a stylish addition to your suit.

Bracelet with diver extension

As you could already see, we have received the Longines HydroConquest with stainless steel bracelet. It is also available with rubber bands. But we have intentionally ordered them with steel tape. The finish of the wristband contributes significantly to the appearance of a watch. It also tells us how much effort a company is willing to invest in the design and development of a good, solid watch. Although a Kauschukarmband is very comfortable and uncomplicated in handling, we were more curious about the stainless steel bracelet.

The large, Oyster-like metal bracelet is a typical diving watch bracelet whose characteristic design many manufacturers have in the program. Here, however, is the refinement in detail. The links are connected by screws. The central member has a fine polishing. In the case of the Longines HydroConquest, the surface treatment of the metal bracelet corresponds perfectly with the alternately brushed and polished finish of the case.

As you can see, the buckle is carefully and beautifully designed. What I noticed also when I wore the clock: It lies flat on the wrist. She wears the engraving “Longines”, looks very solid and carries herself also so. I had the impression that the buckle is a little more robust than the dive extension.

Although I have not used it, the metal band is also equipped with a dive extension so that the Longines HydroConquest can be worn over the neoprene suit. Even if this seems a little flat, she felt well-made.

Even when turning the wrist, I did not feel that the buckle would open easily. Since it is relatively short, it probably takes some more power to bend or crush it anyway.

Bottom of the Longines HydroConquest

Some may find a stainless steel caseback a disadvantage, especially when they buy a mechanical watch for the first time. In my opinion, however, a transparent case floor would not make sense for two reasons.

On the one hand, a diving or instrument clock should have a robust, screwed case bottom to ensure the water tightness. While there are certain brands that offer their diving watches with a transparent bottom, one has to take into account the additional labor (and cost) required to guarantee the water tightness even at high depth. My second reason may sound snobbish, but that is not really meant. I have great respect for the Eta works, which rarely break. To be honest, I prefer a proven Eta caliber rather than an expensive manufactory caliber, which is only to be able to say that you have it. Again, I do not need a transparent case floor for a normal Eta work. That would certainly be nice, but there are other caliber which I prefer to consider. This Eta factory is a workhorse or a diesel. Perhaps you agree with me that it is less impressive to look at the current BMW 530D engine than the V8 or V12 from Ferrari or another (super) sports car brand. The “working bull” does its job, and damn well.

Conclusion of the hands-on of the Longines HydroConquest

In summary: For the 1,000 euro list price you get a solid function clock, which one has eternally. It is also a watch that promotes interest in mechanical timepieces. Before you look around you have a whole collection of them. Very dangerous! As can be seen in the pictures above, the watch is delivered in a pretty presentation box (or storage box) as well as with a detailed instructions for use, which one does not really need to wear the watch. Just screw the crown, set the time and date – it will fit forever.

Perhaps we have the impression that we are a little too enthusiastic about this watch, and that is indeed the case. Is there really nothing negative to report about the Longines HydroConquest? Well, not really and especially not in this price. Well, if you want us to be subtle, we advise you to arm yourself for a discussion with other watch enthusiasts that the watch of the Rolex submariner looks a little like. Perhaps this is true, but thanks to its generous, luminescent hands, the well-legible, contrasts dial and the unidirectional rotating bezel, it shows itself in the classic appearance of a diving watch.

The Longines HydroConquest is worth the money and is hard to beat in its price-performance ratio. It turns out that Longines is definitely a very interesting brand for collectors who want (and wear) new and good mechanical timepieces.

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