Father’s Day is a day for celebrating fathers and fatherhood, but as far as Watchuseek readers are concerned, it’s another perfect excuse for buying, or better still, enticing a son or daughter to buy, a shiny new preferably branded watch.
True hell will most likely freeze over before they spend anything approaching decent money on a watch, but you can at least dream. This year, they could look to Longines for the Longines HydroConquest Ceramic, the Longines Heritage Military, or the Longines Master Collection.
With the newly updated ceramic bezel, the Hydroconquest Ceramic offers both modern styling and technical performance. With water-resistance to 300 meters, a unidirectional rotating bezel, complete with ultra-scratch resistant ceramic insert, screw-down crown and case back, crown protection, and a double security folding clasp with integrated diving extension, the watch has everything a quality diver should have. The ceramic bezel color coordinates with the dial to reinforce its modern design and sporting identity. The bezel, hands, and markers feature enhanced Super-LumiNova® now brighter than ever before, which sings out against the new grey, black, and blue sunray dials. The bracelet design combines polished and brushed steel for a truly impressive finish.
This is a reissued vintage timepiece inspired by a recovered 1940s Longines vintage watch designed for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. An original version of this watch was once worn by highly decorated radio telegraph operator Stanley Turner. It found its way to Longines via a collector, and Longines decided to reissue it as the Longines Heritage Military.
Measuring 38.5 mm, it’s scaled up from the original 32.5 mm case size. In all other respects, the Longines Heritage Military faithfully preserves the original 1940s period details throughout its dial, case, and strap, with details like the oversized winding crown, originally designed for ease of handling in-flight, and the blued hands that stand out against an opaline dial.
Each dial is spattered with a subtle mist of fine black paint droplets by hand to replicate the patina, in a process that is a Longines first and which makes each piece wholly unique.
The Longines Heritage Military also retains the curved, fully polished bezel and box-form sapphire crystal of the 1940s RAF model. The steel case that houses the automatic movement (L888.2) is presented in a special case complete with both a green, aged leather watch strap, a NATO strap in the same tone, and a convenient strap replacement tool.
A 40mm watch, this popular Longines Collection piece is presented in a classic combination of a cream “barleycorn” dial with a brown alligator strap. The dial displays the hours, minutes, and seconds in sharp relief thanks to its blued-steel hands and bold Arabic numerals, paired with a date window. The design carries over to the transparent case back, which allows the wearer to fully admire the kinetic interest of the model’s flashing automatic movement.