Longines replica is building on the success of its 2019 Heritage Classic with a new black version of its 1930s-style sector dial.
The new 38.5mm Longiens replica watch is based directly on a watch from Longines’ back catalogue, featuring a dial broken out into zones or sectors using a series of concentric circles and crosshairs and contrasting finishes.
The dial’s black, matte-finish central section is framed by a circular-brushed anthracite hour ring and a snailed small seconds offering a high contrast backdrop for the watch’s silvered hands.
While the steel case copy Longines Heritage Classic’s style might be authentically 1930s, the watchmaking is resolutely modern with a 3.5Hz automatic L893 movement created specifically for the Heritage collection, featuring a silicon balance wheel to offer resistance to magnetic fields.
Longines super clone is offering the new Heritage Classic on either a cognac leather strap or a “beads of rice” stainless steel bracelet, which despite originating from the following decade, is a sound aesthetic fit for the model.
Longines replica is adding a black dial option to its Heritage Classic range.
The collection is based on 1930s watches from the Longines archive.
The luxury copy Longines Heritage Classic’s design, first revived in 2019 with a sector dial in silver, has an art deco-inspired look, but a modern L893 automatic movement with silicon balance spring under the hood.
It’s hard to think of a Swiss watch brand that offers better bang-for-buck satisfaction than fake Longines. Usually, a lengthy history (Longines is 11 years shy of its bicentenary) and a heritage in serious tool watches means premium prices. But, though they aren’t cheap, Longines watches dip frequently below the $2,500 mark—a kind of psychological divider between “attainable” and “not” for many fans—with watches that punch well above their weight.
Witness the Spirit collection, an outwardly simple, accessible-looking series of three-hand watches with date that have plenty of hidden charms once you get up close. Already issued with black, silver, and blue dials in 2020, the 2021 novelty has a very noticeable green dial.
One of the easier tasks in covering watchmaking is spotting a hot dial trend when you see one. And right now, green is it. Back in early April when, during Watches and Wonders, the great and the good disgorged hundreds of new novelties onto the market, it would have been apparent to anyone that green was the dial trend of the year. The hard part to fathom, however, is how so many brands felt the green vibe all at the same time. Clearly, there’s a pub in Geneva or a tavern up in the Vallée de Joux where watchmakers from different companies are wont to gather, after downing tools, to down a few lagers. Tongues will surely wag. No matter. With most new watches requiring months, if not years, to put together, this possible all-nighter was some time ago.
Back to the Swiss made copy Longines Spirit. Like its earlier siblings last year, it has something of the functional look of the old Dirty Dozen field watches issued to the British Army in World War II. That said, those watches (so called because they were supplied, with ever-so-slight variations, by 12 contracted watch companies) had seconds at 6 o’clock, while the Spirit has center seconds. Available in 40mm and 42mm sizes, with optional bracelets, the step case is reminiscent of those wartime watches. A slightly enlarged crown and a closed caseback engraved with the Longines logo are both in keeping with a gentle homage to WW2 timekeeping.
The Arabic numerals, meanwhile, give you the best of both worlds; a font style that’s distinctly 1930s in form but applied whole in thickly lumed metal frames rather than painted on the dial, which adds a little shine and gives the display a much more modern air. This is a vintage-inspired watch that doesn’t lay it on too thick, and as a result, despite nodding at passing trends, feels like a watch you could wear for years.
If all that were not enough to tempt you at the compelling price of $2,150 to $2,500 (depending on the size and whether you opt for a strap or steel bracelet), this Longines replica watch with steel bracelet is also a COSC-certified chronometer, which means its Longines-tweaked ETA movement has been tested to significantly higher standards of accuracy than most Swiss watches. Chronometers are as rare as rocking-horse poop, even with another grand on the price tag, which should convince you once and for all that Longines remains committed to offering unbeatable value for money in its watches.
Taking in coverage of this year’s launches, you could be forgiven for thinking the replica watch gods want us to lie down in green pastures. Dials in emerald, palm, olive, lime, malachite and all manner of other green shades dominate the new inventory.
The signs continue with copy Longines’ announcement today of a green-dialled variant of its not-long-launched Spirit watch. In October, the Saint-Imier brand debuted versions of its handsome new three-hand date model with black, white and blue dials. Whether adding another colour at this juncture was always on the cards or it’s simply a reaction to this year’s dial greenwash, I suppose we’ll never know, but judging by these images, it’s a good step either way.
In the metal, one watch is in fact four. There are two case sizes, one at 40mm and another at 42mm, and you can have either on a beige leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet. If you’re feeling flush, you can pick up both strap options and change them yourself, thanks to the sort of quick strap change system that’s fast becoming a luxury watchmaking standard. They’re the same watch by any other measure. Prices start at £1,750 for the 40mm on a strap and rise to £2,050 for the 42mm Longines Spirit copy watch on a bracelet.
The Spirit’s dial has a dusty, army green canvas tent hue, with guyrope beige lume detailing. A nice touch is the signature diamond-shaped hour markers that cut into the dial’s outer ring, motifs lifted from watches Longines created for pioneer aviators and the military during a prolific prewar period. Those five stars across the dial are another throwback, this time to a device Longines once used to indicate its top-end pieces and has recently revived.
Indicating that quality is the automatic movement powering these watches. Created exclusively for Longines by sister company ETA, it provides the watch with time and date functions and a healthy 72-hour power reserve. It’s also chronometer certified for accuracy and upgraded with an anti-magnetic, low-maintenance silicon balance wheel, and joins a package Longines has stamped with a five-year warranty.
It’s a fine-looking watch with plenty of crossover appeal, although – and this thought isn’t at all specific to Longines copy watch with green dial– I can’t help thinking a green dial is a curious call, unless your watch wardrobe is already laced with black, white and blue. That said, if your answer to the pandemic is to buy a green-dialled watch with a spirit that says “fresh start”, I wouldn’t think of standing in your way. Instead, I’d argue Longines’ spin on the theme is a fine choice.
The brand with the Winged Hourglass has many emblematic models in its collection, most of them being found in the praised Heritage line. Yet, few can rival the longevity and beauty of the cheap fake Longines Legend Diver, one of the watches that defined the vintage-inspired collection of the brand and that is still a strong pillar in the portfolio. Since its introduction in 2007, this compressor-inspired watch has undergone several updates, visual or mechanical, and even went bronze, full black-coated or gold recently. For 2021, the collection is enlarged with colourful dials. We go hands-on with the new Longines Legend Diver with Gradient Blue or Gradient Brown dials.
The top quality replica Longines Legend Diver, or LLD for its fans, has been modelled after an important vintage watch that Longines created back in the late 1960s, when professional and recreational dive watches were a growing trend, and when this specific type of case architecture was seen as a great alternative to the standard construction for dive watches. The LLD is a faithful recreation of a dive watch created by Longines in 1959, the Ref. 7042. This watch was typical of the compressor concept, with twin crowns and an internal rotating bezel, but also an oversized case and an elegant black dial with painted Arabic numerals and elongated minute markers.
In 2007, Longines relied on this handsome design to create a watch that will become one of the most important models in its ever-growing Heritage collection, the Longines Legend Diver. First a no-date watch, it featured a glossy black dial that was almost a 1:1 reproduction Longines watch, a 42mm steel case with 300m water-resistance, the same compressor architecture with internal rotating bezel and overall, a design that will be immediately seen as a success. In 2012, Longines decided to add a date to its LLD, which made the no-date model even more appealing. Several variations around the concept have been introduced, such as 36mm editions or a black PVD-coated model with a textured rubber strap. Also, the standard ETA movement has been upgraded with more modern mechanics, with anti-magnetic properties and extended power reserve.
THE NEW GRADIENT LONGINES LEGEND DIVER
As of now, the Swiss movement copy Longines Legend Diver is a watch that we’ve mostly seen in black – whether in classic steel or with a PVD-coated case. The brand has done, however, several attempts for colourful editions, with a tobacco brown or a white mother-of-pearl version of the downsized 36mm model. Also, the recent bronze edition paved the way for colours, featuring a (handsome yet relatively discreet) gradient green dial. But as for the 42mm stainless steel version, it was until recently black… or black.
Things change, as the Longines Legend Diver collection is enlarged this year with two new watches, part of the permanent portfolio (non-limited editions), with colourful gradient dials in blue – a classic of the dive watch world – and a bolder but still rather relevant brown option.
First, what remains. The case for these new gradient LLDs is untouched. This means a fairly large watch with a 42mm diameter, made of polished stainless steel. The LLD is a watch with a true personality, due to the special architecture of its case. Framing an ultra-domed sapphire crystal is a thin bezel, making this an elegant and restrained diver’s watch, due to the absence of an external bezel. The right side of the Longines copy watch for sale is equipped with two crowns, both with a grid pattern, one actuating the rotating bezel and the other one used to adjust the movement. Proportions of the watch are to be taken into account, as the height is substantial at 13.5mm and the lug-to-lug measurement, well over 50mm, can’t go unnoticed. Still, the case is cleverly constructed, with most of the height absorbed by the domed caseback and crystal, and the caseband remaining fairly thin.
No evolutions regarding the specifications. Thanks to the screw-down crowns and caseback, the watch is water-resistant to 300m and offers strong diving credentials – even though the compressor architecture isn’t the most practical of them all and is today more a design statement (a very nice design for sure…) The back is decorated with a diver’s emblem. Despite the large case, the vintage feeling is strong and the watch exudes this unique 1960s feeling that has always been the main argument of the LLD. The overall built quality is, as you’d expect from Longines, fully satisfying.
What really matters for these 2021 editions are the dials. As for the basics, no major evolutions. All the elements – fonts, tracks, markers, logos and hands – are identical to the classic black-and-steel model, and so is the glossy surface of the dial and its internal bezel – not the most practical in real life, as it brings quite some reflections, but still it does look quite cool. Also, and maybe sadly for some, the date window is still present. The bronze model, which got rid of the date, gave us some hope. But these new colourful steel editions stick to the time-and-date display. For the rest, we find back the elongated markers, the 12-6-9 Arabic numerals and the typical hands, with arrow hour and baton minute hands. The amount of SLN is quite limited on this dial though, once again confirming the casual, and not professional vocation of the LLD.
Inside the case of these new 1:1 fake Longines Legend Diver models is the proprietary calibre L888.5 (base ETA A31.L11). This time-and-date automatic movement is based on the architecture of the ETA 2892, however, the brand has applied multiple upgrades. While the frequency is now 3.5Hz, the power reserve has been extended to 64 hours. Also, the regulating organ is fitted with a silicon balance spring offering anti-magnetic properties and long-term accuracy. This allows the brand to offer a 5-year warranty.
To complement the dials, these new Longines Legend Diver are worn on matching straps – both 22mm in width. The blue edition comes on a blue structured leather strap with steel pin buckle. The gradient brown edition is fitted with a vintage light brown leather strap with steel pin buckle.
In 2020, our extended test examined an annual calendar from fake Longines, a mix of elegance and superior functionality at a great price. Our test of the Annual Calendar from the Longines Master Collection took place over a period of several months.
Some people, due to superstition, regard leap years as catastrophic. Better to wait before building a house or getting married. For them, a leap year, like anything deviating from the norm, is unlucky. Some rogue, then, must have scheduled our photo shoot for the Annual Calendar from the Longines Master Collection, our test watch, for leap day — Feb. 29, 2020.
But a so-called “annual calendar” has nothing to do with a leap year and day. In contrast to a perpetual calendar, it does not recognize the length of the month of February in any year, whether it’s a leap year or not. But for the rest of the year — from March 1 to February 28 or 29, depending — it does everything right. So, it’s a practical and, not least of all, more economical alternative to a perpetual calendar.
The stainless steel case fake Longines Master L2.910.4.92.6 Annual Calendar is priced at $2,425. Omega’s Aqua Terra Annual Calendar is $8,400; IWC’s Portugieser Annual Calendar is $20,900; and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus with Annual Calendar can be had for $50,270. The most economical perpetual calendar appears to be the Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture from Frederique Constant at $8,795. Jaeger-LeCoultre offers its Master Ultra Thin Perpetual for $21,100 and other brands are more expensive.
The Annual Calendar Year Begins on March 1
It’s Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, and it’s not yet clear what this leap year might bring. It’s springtime in southern Italy. On this day — or no later than the next — an annual calendar needs manual correction. No problem at all with the copy Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar. Simply pull out the fluted crown to the middle position and turn the quick-date adjustment counterclockwise. When advancing the date from (non-existent) February 31 to March 1, the month indication will also advance automatically. This is surprisingly easy and convenient. If you’ve set aside the watch for a period of time and need to reset the calendar, the month can be adjusted independently of the date by pulling the crown to the middle position and turning it clockwise. This operation is simple and safe to do at any time.
The following month of March ends with us working from our home office. Unspectacular, but unforgettable in 2020. While the visible date change on the best quality replica Longines Master Annual Calendar begins about half an hour before midnight, the month disk begins moving only a few minutes before and then advances in tandem precisely at midnight.
One month later we dared go outside. The advancement of the blue dial copy Longines Annual Calendar from April 30 to May 1 was the first exciting thing to happen this year because the Annual Calendar knows the difference between a short month with 30 days and a long month with 31 days. Like every normal date shift, initially the date advances (with a brief start-up phase) close to midnight on (non-existent) April 31. Then, it looks like nothing is happening at all even though the calendar mechanism is most certainly active. But then — right after 3:00 a.m. — the month disk slowly begins to move, which is hard to see since the hour hand is directly over the month display.
Around 5:00 a.m. the month and date advance to the new position, May 1. As usual, the date disk begins its movement about 30 minutes beforehand.
There was no real need to touch the Swiss movement replica Longines Annual Calendar at the end of April, but we pulled out the crown to the hand-setting position anyway to adjust the watch to the exact second. Over the period of two months on the wrist, the watch gained around a minute, which translates to only about 1.2 seconds per day — exceptionally good, even without a chronometer certificate. The timing machine recorded deviations of even less than 1 minute per day, which confirmed the results of our wearing test.
The ETA automatic Caliber A31.L81, a version of the ETA 2892, provides these good rate results. It is produced exclusively for Longines and is known here as the L897.2. Its balance wheel oscillates at a rate of 25,200 beats per hour, equal to 3.5 Hz — a frequency that one now often sees from exclusive Swatch Group ETA designs since it provides an extended power reserve of more than 60 hours rather than the 48 hours seen with conventional ETA movements.
The movement is housed in a simply elegant stainless-steel case, for which the Longines brand and its Master Collection are known. The Swiss movement replica Longines Master was created in 2005 and combines the simple elegance of a dress watch with traditional watchmaking, which is expressed in various complications such as an annual calendar. In contrast to versions with barleycorn dials and Roman or Arabic numerals, the blue sunburst finish and indexes on the dial gave our test watch a truly updated look. Polished anodized hands and 12 angular applied hour markers provide a nice contrast and good legibility in different lighting conditions — but only during the day. There is no luminous material on the dial, which gives it a more elegant appearance.
A steep, narrow bezel further enhances the look and highlights the dial. It is part of a three-part polished case that is attached to a triple-link stainless-steel bracelet with fixed lugs — not a perfect transition. These components also scratched easily over the four months of our test. Otherwise, it should be easy to wear this best 1:1 copy Longines throughout the year. The annual calendar mechanism functions perfectly and if you wear the watch all the time, you shouldn’t need to correct it very often. It lies elegantly and comfortably on the wrist and like any dress watch, it will fit under a shirt cuff. To shorten the strap, there are screwed attachments at the end of the bracelet for adjustment and a sophisticated double folding clasp.
Longines Silver Arrow replica with steel case breathes life back into a model characteristic of the 1950s: a resolutely forward-facing time when race cars and supersonic aeroplanes appealed to the imaginations of young and old alike. It is this futuristic spirit that inspired the original design of the “Silver Arrow”, revisited in a way that is loyal to the brand’s Heritage pillar. Driven by an exclusive self-winding movement fitted with a silicon balance-spring, the Longines Silver Arrow comes with a five-year warranty.
The “Silver Arrow” adventure began in 1955. That year, Longines clone held an in-house contest to find the name for a new timepiece with an avantgarde design. A name emerged that was based on one of the 450 proposals: “Silver Arrow”, a reference to the famous sports cars that dominated the racing circuits of the era.
The first “Silver Arrow” was released by the Longines factory in 1956. At the time, each of the brand’s collections bore an emblem. The “Silver Arrow” symbol was a supersonic plane flying through the stars. By making a connection between racing circuits and celestial paths, the best quality replica Longines confirms its connection with the world of aeronautics and its pioneers.
Today, Longines brings the model back to life with the new silver dial copy Longines Silver Arrow. This timepiece, characteristic of the watches of the 1950s, shows an understated elegance and distinctive silhouette, and is powered by cutting-edge watchmaking technology.
The Longines Silver Arrow copy has a 38.50 mm steel case which contains a self-winding mechanical movement (L888.5) with a silicon balance-spring to ensure high-precision accuracy and enhanced resistance to magnetic fields. To prove its reliability, this new timepiece comes with a five-year warranty.
Resolutely minimalist, its silver opaline dial features striated indexes – like the original version – and sword-shaped hands, and both of these features are coated with SuperLumiNova®. The absence of a date display and of a “self-winding” indication contributes to its understated character while maintaining the spirit of the original timepiece.
This Swiss made Longines fake timepiece features a box-shaped sapphire glass with a multi-layered anti-reflective finish, as well as a screw-down back engraved with the “Silver Arrow” emblem. A matte brown leather strap with a soft texture and vintage finishes completes this elegant composition.
AAA perfect Longines introduced its Spirit collection last year, drawing its main inspiration from the timepieces that it produced in the early 20th century for pilots and explorers; Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, and Paul-Emile Victor were among the brand’s most famous wearers, along with Charles Lindbergh, who famously co-designed the Hour Angle, Longines’ most emblematic and enduring pilots’ watch. The Spirit models are not “pilots’ watches” in the strictest sense of the word, but rather can be described as “Pilot Style” timepieces, with a host of elements drawn from the past along with features that are definitively modern.
A while back, I had the opportunity to review the three-hand date fake model in steel and more recently I finally got my eager hands on the model that most caught my eye when the series was launched back in Spring 2020 — the Spirit Chronograph in a steel case with a sunburst blue dial. In just about every respect, the timepiece proved to be worth the wait.
The watch’s 42-mm case sits large but not intimidatingly so on the wrist, and at a fairly thick 15 mm in profile, definitely makes its presence felt. Like its three-handed brethren in the high-quality replica Spirit collection, it sports a thin, dramatically angled bezel framing the dial, giving said dial an impressively wide presence. The sharply angled, faceted lugs are satin-brushed on their largest surfaces, and polished on their angled facets. The bezel ring has a shiny polish on its sloped sides and a brushed finish on its top surface; together the elements, along with the dramatically sunburst-finished dial, create gleaming effects under bright light — obviously, not what a pilot would necessarily want in a cockpit, but appealing in a dress watch.
The screw-down crown is sharply fluted and shaped in the “diamond” style of those on older pilots’ watches (though on those vintage models, it would have likely been much larger). The pump-style chronograph pushers surrounding it are also historically derived and a tactile pleasure to operate. On the opposite side of the case is a bonus, and one not found on very many pilot or pilot-style watches I’ve encountered; a push-button for a quick advancement of the date (in a window at 4:30), secured from accidental usage by a screw-locking ring. I confess that I wasn’t expecting this feature, and the materials I had initially read from Longines don’t really emphasize it — my first reaction was that it might be a helium release valve, which would have made little sense on a watch for a pilot — but it is an incredibly user-friendly feature that makes it that much easier to quickly set the correct date after the watch has been idle for a few days.
The dial is in a classically designed, three-register style. It’s bordered by a white-printed railroad-style minute ring, whose slightly matte finish contrasts nicely with the main dial. The hour numerals are applied and executed in a large and legible Arabic font, with silvery outlines framing luminous-treated interiors. Each numeral — as well as the subdials that supplant the “3,” “6,” and “9” — is accompanied by a diamond index, with its own luminous center and aligned with the 10-minute marks on the outer track, presumably to ensure easier reading of the chronograph seconds. The pointed baton/sword hands are also luminous; in classical chronograph style, the minutes hand is substantially larger, so there’s no mistaking hours for minutes even at a glance.
The subdials are slightly indented, silver-framed like the hour numerals, and bear a subtle snailed texture that offers contrast with the shiny surface of the main dial on which they’re staged. The 30-minute chronograph counter is at 3 o’clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and the running seconds at 9 o’clock. These subdials’ functions are subtly but emphatically differentiated by the use of red-tipped, diamond-ended hands for the two chronograph readouts and a simple white stick hand for the seconds. The central chronograph seconds hand is designed in the same manner as the stopwatch subdial hands, albeit longer. The use of red not only ties the chronograph elements together in an aesthetically pleasing way; it also adds a splash of contrasting color to the blue-white-silver totality of the watch. The three subdials form a “V” shape that frames the stacked elements at the top: a classic Longines logo, the brand’s winged hourglass emblem, a white-printed “CHRONOMETER” notation, and the row of five applied stars that are a hallmark of the Spirit collection, used by Longines historically to denote the “five-star” quality of the watch’s movement.
That movement is hidden inside the Spirit Chronograph, behind a steel caseback that is solid, slightly convex, affixed with six sunken screws, and decorated with an engraving of the Longines winged hourglass over a globe and an etched ring with various stats about the watch. To be totally honest, I would have preferred a sapphire caseback that displayed the movement, but Longines’ reasons for employing this type of more traditional caseback are valid, both to keep the price down as well as to call back those early 20th century aviators’ watches that inspired this modern collection.
The Longines Caliber L688.4 (based on the ETA A08.L01, and modified specially for Longines) thus does its job efficiently behind the scenes. As is indicated on the dial, this version of the self-winding movement boasts a COSC chronometer certification, ensuring its reliability and accuracy; a column-wheel architecture for the smooth operation of its integrated chronograph functions; and a 60-hour power reserve, which enables the wearer to pick up the watch after a weekend on the dresser and resume wearing it without winding it up. Also contributing to the timekeeping accuracy and long-tern stability is an antimagnetic silicon balance spring.
The 1:1 best replica Longines Spirit Chronograph watch that I had the pleasure of wearing and reviewing is mounted on a soft calfksin leather strap, in a shade of blue that complements the dial, enhanced with white contrast stitching. In this element again, we find a harmonious marriage of vintage and modern: an early 20th-century pilot would almost certainly have worn his (or her; props to Ms. Earhart) watch on this type of sturdy, stitched leather strap, but the use of blue rather than traditional brown or black makes its distinctly contemporary and dressy. The watch is also available on a steel link bracelet for an even more elegant overall look. It’s priced on the strap at a very tempting $3,100, so you don’t even need to dig too deep to soar to the pinnacle (in my view) of this high-flying collection.
The human spirit of pushing boundaries is one that defines us as a species. As knowledge and technology grow in depth and accessibility, the potential for progress is greatly accelerated.
Take computers: its earliest iteration was the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) machine that took three years to construct. Upon its launch in 1946, it spanned 1,800 sq ft, used close to 18,000 tubes and weighed almost 50 tons. Three-quarters of a century later, a wealth of global information can be summoned in a device that fits into one hand.
Similarly, the grand adventures undertaken by the early pioneers might today be events we take as ordinary – cross-continental flights are everyday affairs now for the travellers among us, but it was the intrepid explorers and trailblazers before us who made this so.
Perfect Fake Longines played a great role in that movement, creating instruments of exceptional precision and durability to make such feats possible. Some of the aviators and explorers it worked with in the early 20th century are now legends whose names instantly evoke the daring and fortitude required in conquering the skies.
She might be better remembered for her mysterious disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, but Amelia Earhart made history a decade prior. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a co-pilot in 1928, and continued to set records for speed, altitude and accomplishments such as being the first to chart solo flights connecting various destinations. In 1932, she wore a Longines chronograph while piloting her Lockheed Vega in a solo flight from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, to Culmore in Northern Ireland. The feat took 14 hours and 56 minutes, and immortalised her as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
It was Longines that timed Howard Hughes round-the-world flight record in 1938, an endeavour that took him three days, 19 hours and 14 minutes. Of all his passions, the eccentric American polymath – he was a business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director and philanthropist – was most interested in aviation and film. His feats in the former were often measured by Longines instruments, from the patented Sidérograph on-board his aircraft that utilised celestial navigation to the chronometer watches worn by his crew.
The American aviator experienced first-hand the extreme risks of flying. While cruising at 30,000 feet in 1931 in an attempt to break an altitude record, Elinor Smith blacked out and her plane plummeted to the ground. She regained consciousness at the last minute and managed to pull the plane into a safe landing. Rather than allowing the shock to deter her, she repeated the attempt 10 days later and surpassed expectations with a new record of 32,576 feet with the aid of a Longines watch. After becoming the youngest licensed pilot in the world at 16, Smith went on to set multiple solo endurance, speed and altitude records in her lifetime.
In 1936, French ethnologist and explorer Paul-Émile Victor undertook the mammoth challenge of crossing the Greenland icecap. It was an expedition that saw him suffer -40°C temperatures and unforgiving conditions in the icy terrain for a whopping seven weeks. He later credited his Longines chronometers for their unfailing operation even in the harshest conditions, allowing him to accurately calculate longitude. “These watches made the difference between failure and success,” he said. He would devote his entire life to polar expeditions, continuously drawn to the wild and enigmatic landscapes.
Inspired by these brave men and women, and hoping to spread their stories far and wide, Longines has dedicated its Spirit collection to those who dream of conquering land, sea and air. Look out for a special story on its novelties soon.
When Longines replica introduced their Legend Diver a few years ago, it came in two flavors. A date and a non-date. At some point, Longines decided to only continue with the date version.
Sure, Longines has its Skin Diver without a date, but that’s not the same. I was very happy — and a little bit surprised — to see that the top quality fake Longines Heritage Legend Diver in bronze has no date. I am not really in favor of date windows on a watch (exceptions exist of course), so I am biased anyway. We did a Wrist Game Crying Shame article on a Legend Diver No Date and you were brutal as well though, 78% voted for the Legend Diver without a date. Now, they make one again! And it is in bronze!
Longines Legend Diver Bronze
What we have here is the reference L3.722.214.171.124, the Longines Legend Diver ref.L3.7126.96.36.199 replica with a bronze case on a leather strap (a green nylon alternative is also included in the box, along with a handy strap-change tool). This Ø42mm bronze case has a titanium case back, to ensure you’ll have no irritated skin due to the bronze. That’s actually the reason why (almost) all bronze watches have a steel (or titanium) case back, as bronze might result in an allergic reaction when worn on the wrist. But in this case, with a titanium case back, there’s no problem. Green Dial
Bronze watches aren’t a hype, they are here to stay and every major watch brand seems to have at least one in their collection. It is a wonderful material, that has a warm gold-like tone, and the tendency to develop some nice patina after wearing it for some time. It creates a bit of a unique appearance to each (bronze) watch. This best copy Longines Legend Diver comes with a beautiful smokey green dial. Green is a color that seems to match with bronze very well, especially in this smokey version that almost turns into black.
On the dial, you’ll find the numerals, indices, and text printed in this nice brown-ish tone, reminding me of the crema on my espresso. It all matches so well together. Somehow, you get the feeling — perhaps sensation is a better word — of looking at a vintage watch. But it is not. The large diameter gives it away, as does the sapphire crystal and L888 self-winding movement. The compressor case has two crowns, of course. One for setting time and the other one to rotate the inner diving bezel. Both are screw-down.
64 hours of power reserve
This Longines Legend Diver in bronze offers a power reserve of 64 hours. The L888(.5) movement is based on the ETA caliber A31.L11. Essentially a movement based on the famous and renowned ETA2892-A2 with some tweaks. Tweaks? Yes, a silicon balance spring and a down-tuned ticking number. Normally, these movements have a ticking speed of 28800vph, but in this case, it is 25200vph. This way, the power reserve is a bit longer than the regular 42 hours of the original ETA2892-A2.
Titanium case back
I already touched upon the titanium case back of the bronze Swiss made copy Longines Legend Diver, but I think it is good to know that even more than steel, titanium is a great choice. Less than 0.6% of people are allergic to titanium, as it won’t even irritate the most sensitive skin. On the case back, you will find the medallion with a diver (with a harpoon!). In our possession was one of the early prototypes, which still had a stainless steel case back. The production model of the Longines Legend Diver in bronze has the titanium back, with the engraving “Bronze case – titanium case back”.
Strap and buckle
Longines fitted a nice vintage looking brown leather strap to this watch, with a tang type buckle. The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters, but if you want to actually use it in the water, make sure to replace the leather strap with something else. Rubber or NATO would do the trick.