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The Titanium Spirit has intrigued me since I first came across it late last year. After wearing out the internet looking at everything I could find on the watch, I finally pulled the trigger and bought the 40mm version on the titanium bracelet (L3.810.1.53.6), from an AD.

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There is plenty out there on the specifications, so I won’t go much into all the tech. There are lots of very well-done reviews as well. As you will see, I’m not a professional watch reviewer nor an accomplished photographer. I’m just an enthusiast who wanted to share my initial impressions and address a couple of things that are frequently brought up regarding this fine timepiece. So, in no particular order then –

The Stars

The five applied stars on the dial seem to be the single most polarizing thing about the Spirit. I think part of the problem is that unless you’re fortunate enough to see the watch in person, you have to rely on macro images in high definition, making the stars stand out like – well, you know. In person, I find they are not at all as overwhelming as some claim. Likewise, when they do catch my eye I don’t immediately think of user review ratings from a certain online retailer. The stars add balance and blend smoothly into a dial that is uniformly outstanding. Like the applied gold Longines wings and three lines of printed text, also in gold, the stars complement rather detract from the striking presentation that is the dial. Yes, the stars are a turn-off to some and that’s okay. We don’t all have to like the same things. Personally, I find them far less obnoxious than, say, the snowflake hands of a Tudor. There, I said it. Sorry snowflake fans.

The Dial

Sometimes, after glancing at a watch, I find I became so engrossed in the watch itself that I forgot my primary purpose was to check the time. Such is the case with the Spirit. The only watch I have personally encountered that has an equally captivating dial is my Aqua Terra 8500 Skyfall. You come for the legibility; you stay for the details. The lack of a date window results in an uncluttered display that belies the details Longines put into the dial. Starting with the dial face itself, it is anthracite in color with a matte finish. Although it appears smooth to my naked eye, under magnification I can see its sandblasted texture. I always thought anthracite to be a more greyish black, but to my eye the dial color leans more toward brown, fading to a darker shade as it turns from the light. It pairs wonderfully with the gold accents. The markings on the chapter ring match the titanium rehaut. Except for the red tip of the second hand, everything else under the crystal is polished gold or lume. Omitting the date window is a stroke of genius.

The Hands

The sword hands are gold surrounding white lume that goes to blue in low light conditions. The hour hand ends just short of the applied numerals, while the minute hand just grazes the indexes on the chapter ring. The second hand reaches the outer edge of the chapter ring and is predominantly gold. The last third of its length painted red, with a small diamond of lume. This diamond matches and sequentially covers each of the similarly lumed diamonds partially indented into the chapter ring at each hour marker. While the lume in the second hand shows up well in low light conditions, the small diamonds at the hour markers are less illuminated, a moot point considering how well the numbers themselves light up. All in all, there are a symphony of details that belie the fact that this is an amazingly legible display.

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The Case

The case also receives some negative responses predominantly due to the length of the lugs. On my 40mm version I measure the lug-to-lug at 49mm. It wears slightly longer on the bracelet due to the end links. Personally, I have no problem with wearability size on my 7.5” wrist, but it could be an issue for those with a much smaller circumference. The Grade 5 titanium case is predominantly brushed, with a polished bezel. The bevels running the length lug to lug also have been polished to a high shine. The signed crown is large and screws down to assist in the case’s 100m water resistance. The solid case back is secured by six screws and is nicely engraved with the Longines logo and details about the watch.
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Some have commented that the Grade 5 titanium is darker than stainless steel. I don’t see a noticeable difference, even when side by side with a stainless watch.

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Speaking of Straps and Bracelets

I found the bracelet to be very comfortable. Using the same Grade 5 titanium as the case, the entire ensemble is a featherweight on the wrist. The signed, dual pushbutton clasp works great and has five micro adjustment holes. Links are secured by friction pins, and on my 7.5-inch wrist I ended up removing three links on the new bracelet to get a comfortable fit using the middle adjustment hole. A terrific feature is the easy change mechanism on the bracelet end links. Pressing the center on the back side of the end link retracts the pins for tool-less removal, which I much appreciated as I immediately began experimenting with various straps.
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I like this watch - a lot. A long time ago of one of my flight instructors pounded into me the importance of “attention to detail”. Longines has long been closely linked to aviation and has captured the “details” in this remarkable offering. Call it a pilot watch, call it a field watch, call it whatever you like. It is a solid performer in all respects. It is an innovative contender from a legendary brand, intended to do one job very well and it looks really good doing it.
 

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Nice review. Longines is a very understated brand. The lugs are long for me at 49mm so if I ever decided to get one in 40, it would be on a strap and likely this titanium model for the no date. I missed the opportunity to buy the regular 40 on a brown strap at a really good price about a year ago.
 

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Nice review. Longines is a very understated brand. The lugs are long for me at 49mm so if I ever decided to get one in 40, it would be on a strap and likely this titanium model for the no date. I missed the opportunity to buy the regular 40 on a brown strap at a really good price about a year ago.
Thank you. I agree about the strap vs. bracelet. Be patient, I'm sure you'll get another opportunity to pick one up.
 

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Nice write up, and hope you enjoy your Longines Spirit Watch. Vance.
 
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Thank you for this review!
I think this particular watch is one of the best that Longines has to offer. That's saying something, given that I (and most others, I believe) will agree that Longines boasts one of the best offerings in the industry in terms of classical and tasteful design!
 

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That’s an excellent review. I just bought the same watch on the black strap last week and I love it. Such a great watch. I love everything about it except the 21mm lug width that doesn’t fit all my 20mm straps 😆
 

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Congrats on your first Longines. And thanks for providing a very informative review —the Spirit Titanium is my favourite of the Spirit models. As for the five stars, I don't mind the five stars as it harkens back to the day when Longines applied the five stars to the best of the best when it came to their models. Plus, it provides symmetry to the lower half of the dial. Enjoy your Spirit Titanium.
 

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Longines is no longer under the radar, and hasn't been for at least a year or two. And I think they have plenty of headroom to improve their market position.

The brand offers terrific quality watches, and a great value. Wear yours in good health!
 

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That’s an excellent review. I just bought the same watch on the black strap last week and I love it. Such a great watch. I love everything about it except the 21mm lug width that doesn’t fit all my 20mm straps 😆
Thank you. Yes, I know what you mean. There are some nice 21mm straps out there though. You just have to beat the bushes a bit more.
 
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