Longines Hydro Conquest

Amazing time savers

Words: Gisbert L. Brunner

You might think that no one really needs a mechanical chronograph on their wrist these days, but these watches are appealingly special  

Longines HydroConquest

No one really needs a mechanical chronograph on their wrist these days because anything it can do, a smartphone can do just as efficiently. That said, a smartphone is just a smartphone.

The chronograph is something altogether different. Its appeal is part form, part function, with a pusher on either side of the crown: one to start and stop the stopwatch, the other to return it to zero.

Then there’s the dial, which is divided into several parts, with an independent sweep second hand and counters for minutes and hours. It’s something to behold, an intricate piece of classic engineering.

Sports chronographs don’t have to cost a fortune, either. Longines has a reasonably priced offering in the handsome HydroConquest, which has a rubber strap, unidirectional rotating bezel and 41mm steel case and is water resistant to depths of 980 feet. It will certainly outlive your iPhone.  

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Special Feature

Beneath the cover is the L688 automatic caliber made by ETA. It has a 4-hertz frequency and a 54-hour power reserve, and the classic chronograph flywheel is a true gem.

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