HIGH QUALITY REPLICA SWISS MADE LONGINES – AVIGATION WATCH TYPE A-7 1935

Longines is a Swiss brand which was founded in 1832 and is best known for its many sporting collaborations and sports watches. For example, Longines timed the first ever modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. The brand is rooted in sports and hasn’t stopped exploring timing over the years e.g. launching an automatic timing system in 1912 that was all the rage. Longines has set the benchmark in the most famous sporting competitions and lent its name to a variety of races and events. Its values of style and classicism ooze from its slogan: “Elegance is an attitude.”

longines avigation watch type a closeup

Longines introduces replica Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935, which takes us back to the 1930s to be exact. The 41mm steel model stands out for its dial angled at 40°which enabled pilots to see the display without having to let go of their aircraft’s controls. The model was also commissioned by the US army in 1935. The polished white lacquer dial on the fake Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 is seriously retro with oversize honey-coloured Arabic numerals and blue pear-shape hands. The monopusher chronograph has a central seconds hand, 30 minute counter at 12 and date display at 6. The watch is covered by anti-glare sapphire crystal and is waterproof to depths of 30m.

When Longines decided to restore a classic to its former glory, it held onto the functional side it had for the army e.g. the notched crown was designed so it was easy to handle even in gloves. The fake timepiece has a self-winding ETA L788.2 calibre with a monopusher and column wheel chronograph mechanism and 54-hour power reserve. The movement has been especially designed for Longines and controls the chronograph’s various functions. All you have to do to start, stop or reset the watch is press the button built into the notched crown. A brown alligator strap with a pin buckle secures the fake watch to your wrist.

Reissue: Hight Quality Replica Longines Heritage 1969 Cushion Case

Longines Heritage 1969 reissue - Perpetuelle

A superb addition to the Longines heritage collection, the new Heritage 1969 is issued in an eye pleasing cushion shaped case with brushed finish dial.  The case is just 36mm x 36mm which adds to the vintage style of the Watch Replica .  The rounded corner, 4-sided dial’s vertical brush finish is marked with pink gold-plated batons and hands, along with date window (as on the original — see below).  Inside is the automatic Longines calibre L888.2 with 64 hour power reserve — essentially an improved ETA 2892.  Great piece! Retail price is $2,500.

Longines Heritage collection is one of may favorite collections out there — check out the many Longines Heritage pieces we have covered in recent years, right here.

Longines Heritage 1969 Cushion Case

Longines Heritage 1969 Watch Replica - Perpetuelle

The original Watch Replica (right) was made in three variations: steel, gold-plated steel, and 18k yellow gold.  The remake has a steel case.

Longines Heritage 1969 and 1969 Original - Perpetuelle

Longines Saint-Imier review

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Once again, this is a review from my own personal collection — Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4. This is clearly not my style of replica Watch, nor is it in a price range I would typically look for. So what on Earth possessed me to buy this replica Watch? Why would THIS replica Watch find its way into my replica Watch box?omega replica uk

Let’s just take a time-out for a minute so I can explain the story of the Monaco. This was the first expensive piece I ever bought for myself exactly 5 years ago. My buddy actually purchased an Omega Railmaster XXL at the same time. Well, just over one year ago, my collection was growing and I wasn’t wearing the Monaco anymore, so my buddy bought it from me. But I soon missed it because it was the “little black dressy” piece in my collection and every man needs this, just like every woman needs her “little black dress.” Roughly one year goes by and I texted my buddy about the Monaco and he offered to sell it back to me, at a much lower price. I jumped on it. But I soon began wishing I had just laid out a bit of extra cash and gone for something new. So, when my buddy made an offer during the football game, I jumped on it again and sold back the Monaco to him for a bit less than I had paid.

Well, it all began with my annual NFL Playoff Day, 2016 Edition. Each year, I host a double-header of playoff football for a few friends. As we replica Watched the first game, my buddy just asked me, out of the blue, if I would sell him my TAG Heuer Monaco.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

My birthday was 2 days later and I had some extra dollars in my account, so I hit the store the very next day. You see, patience has never been a virtue of TimeCaptain. And I wanted a new piece in time for my birthday! I didn’t want to spend much more than I had raised from the Monaco sale, and my goal was to find a “little black dressy” piece, so I headed to a store that carries a few entry-level luxury brands. I had a few pieces in mind, but I found them too expensive.

As my readers know, I have huge wrists and the Longines measures 41mm. It actually fills my wrist beautifully, proving that 41mm is a perfect size for a dressy piece in my case. The first thing I liked were the hands. I hate the dainty little delicate hands on so many dress pieces. This Saint-Imier has reasonably thick and bold hands with a nice sweeping seconds hand. I really don’t care for the pointy minute markers, but I love the date display. The date window is clean, simple and bold as the white contrasts with the black dial. Now, the black dial is another highlight. It has a bit of a sunburst effect in the light and gives the piece a high-quality feel.

Then, as I browsed through the store, I just noticed this Longines. Plain. Simple. Unremarkable yet elegant. I was pleasantly surprised at the MSRP and I tried it on. Rather than striking an emotional cord, the Longines just “ticked all the right boxes” and was available for a very attractive price. So here are my impressions after 1 month of regular wear.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

 

Speaking of high quality, let’s look at the strap. A lot of guys on forums complain about Longines’ strap quality. In this case, we have a fairly thick alligator strap with nice contrast stitching, and it comes with a deployment buckle. The strap and the buckle are the one of the highlights of this piece. After a few weeks, I am wearing the strap on the middle position and it fits just beautifully.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

That “fit” is a great aspect of this Longines. It is small and thin and light and the strap secures perfectly on my wrist. I don’t feel at it all on my wrist. And it doesn’t stand out. It is quiet and understated, prompting me to wear it much more than I originally expected. You see, I now find that I often want the pleasure and satisfaction of wearing a mechanical timepiece WITHOUT crying for attention or advertising a ludicrous price tag. The Longines Saint-Imier is not distinctive or remarkable in any way — it blends in perfectly with formal or business attire and performs admirably.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

And what, exactly, IS the overall experience of a Longines L2.766.4? It is the strong and silent type. It doesn’t provide any drama — it quietly does its job with reliability. If you are wearing a business suit, tight cuffs, dress cuffs or formal attire, the Longines is an elegant and mature complement to your outfit. It provides plenty of mechanical timekeeping satisfaction on your wrist without attracting the attention of uncultured, non-watch people (i.e. muggles). Given its accuracy, I am keeping my Longines on my winder so that it is set, ticking and ready for use all the time. And I am surprised how often I have been calling it into service. The Longines is, after all, my “little black dressy” piece.

Ah — performance! The Longines is running at -5 seconds per day and I have tested the power reserve at well over 40 hours more than once. This is an excellent performance for a bargain timepiece. The movement is Longines L619.2, which is an ETA caliber 2892-A2. This is a solid, basic workhorse. You can view the movement through the Longines case back, but you don’t see much. The rotor hides a lot of the movement, as is often the case with such automatic movements. It is, however, nice to see some mechanical stuff through the case back. This visual element adds some extra pleasure to the overall experience.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Check out the Longines Saint-Imier collection, as well as their Heritage collection. You may find a nice piece for yourself. As always, the fun is in the search…

Yours truly,
TimeCaptain

Technical specs

CASE
Shape : Round
Material : Stainless steel
Glass : Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside
Case Back : Transparent case back with sapphire crystal
Dimension : Ø 41.00 mm
Water Resistance : Water-resistant to 3 bar

DIAL AND HANDS
Color : Sunray black
Hour markers : Applied Arabic numerals and indexes, with Super-LumiNova ®
Hands : Stainless steel hands, with Super-LumiNova ®

MOVEMENT AND FUNCTIONS
Caliber : L619/L888, Self winding mechanical movement beating at 28’800 vibrations per hours and providing 42 hours of power reserve
Function : Hours, minutes, seconds and date.

STRAP
Strap Material : Black alligator strap
Buckle : With triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism.

MSRP: $2,100

Replica Longines Saint-Imier reviewed by TimeCaptain

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Once again, this is a review from my own personal collection — Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4. This is clearly not my style of replica Watch, nor is it in a price range I would typically look for. So what on Earth possessed me to buy this replica Watch? Why would THIS replica Watch find its way into my famous replica Watch box?

Well, it all began with my annual NFL Playoff Day, 2016 Edition. Each year, I host a double-header of playoff football for a few friends. As we replica Watched the first game, my buddy just asked me, out of the blue, if I would sell him my TAG Heuer Monaco.

Let’s just take a time-out for a minute so I can explain the story of the Monaco. This was the first expensive piece I ever bought for myself exactly 5 years ago. My buddy actually purchased an Omega Railmaster XXL at the same time. Well, just over one year ago, my collection was growing and I wasn’t wearing the Monaco anymore, so my buddy bought it from me. But I soon missed it because it was the “little black dressy” piece in my collection and every man needs this, just like every woman needs her “little black dress.” Roughly one year goes by and I texted my buddy about the Monaco and he offered to sell it back to me, at a much lower price. I jumped on it. But I soon began wishing I had just laid out a bit of extra cash and gone for something new. So, when my buddy made an offer during the football game, I jumped on it again and sold back the Monaco to him for a bit less than I had paid.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

My birthday was 2 days later and I had some extra dollars in my account, so I hit the store the very next day. You see, patience has never been a virtue of TimeCaptain. And I wanted a new piece in time for my birthday! I didn’t want to spend much more than I had raised from the Monaco sale, and my goal was to find a “little black dressy” piece, so I headed to a store that carries a few entry-level luxury brands. I had a few pieces in mind, but I found them too expensive.

Then, as I browsed through the store, I just noticed this Longines. Plain. Simple. Unremarkable yet elegant. I was pleasantly surprised at the MSRP and I tried it on. Rather than striking an emotional cord, the Longines just “ticked all the right boxes” and was available for a very attractive price. So here are my impressions after 1 month of regular wear.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

As my readers know, I have huge wrists and the Longines measures 41mm. It actually fills my wrist beautifully, proving that 41mm is a perfect size for a dressy piece in my case. The first thing I liked were the hands. I hate the dainty little delicate hands on so many dress pieces. This Saint-Imier has reasonably thick and bold hands with a nice sweeping seconds hand. I really don’t care for the pointy minute markers, but I love the date display. The date window is clean, simple and bold as the white contrasts with the black dial. Now, the black dial is another highlight. It has a bit of a sunburst effect in the light and gives the piece a high-quality feel.

Speaking of high quality, let’s look at the strap. A lot of guys on forums complain about Longines’ strap quality. In this case, we have a fairly thick alligator strap with nice contrast stitching, and it comes with a deployment buckle. The strap and the buckle are the one of the highlights of this piece. After a few weeks, I am wearing the strap on the middle position and it fits just beautifully.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

That “fit” is a great aspect of this Longines. It is small and thin and light and the strap secures perfectly on my wrist. I don’t feel at it all on my wrist. And it doesn’t stand out. It is quiet and understated, prompting me to wear it much more than I originally expected. You see, I now find that I often want the pleasure and satisfaction of wearing a mechanical timepiece WITHOUT crying for attention or advertising a ludicrous price tag. The Longines Saint-Imier is not distinctive or remarkable in any way — it blends in perfectly with formal or business attire and performs admirably.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Ah — performance! The Longines is running at -5 seconds per day and I have tested the power reserve at well over 40 hours more than once. This is an excellent performance for a bargain timepiece. The movement is Longines L619.2, which is an ETA caliber 2892-A2. This is a solid, basic workhorse. You can view the movement through the Longines case back, but you don’t see much. The rotor hides a lot of the movement, as is often the case with such automatic movements. It is, however, nice to see some mechanical stuff through the case back. This visual element adds some extra pleasure to the overall experience.

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4

And what, exactly, IS the overall experience of a Longines L2.766.4? It is the strong and silent type. It doesn’t provide any drama — it quietly does its job with reliability. If you are wearing a business suit, tight cuffs, dress cuffs or formal attire, the Longines is an elegant and mature complement to your outfit. It provides plenty of mechanical timekeeping satisfaction on your wrist without attracting the attention of uncultured, non-watch people (i.e. muggles). Given its accuracy, I am keeping my Longines on my winder so that it is set, ticking and ready for use all the time. And I am surprised how often I have been calling it into service. The Longines is, after all, my “little black dressy” piece.

Check out the Longines Saint-Imier collection, as well as their Heritage collection. You may find a nice piece for yourself. As always, the fun is in the search…

Yours truly,
TimeCaptain

Technical specs

CASE
Shape : Round
Material : Stainless steel
Glass : Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside
Case Back : Transparent case back with sapphire crystal
Dimension : Ø 41.00 mm
Water Resistance : Water-resistant to 3 bar

DIAL AND HANDS
Color : Sunray black
Hour markers : Applied Arabic numerals and indexes, with Super-LumiNova ®
Hands : Stainless steel hands, with Super-LumiNova ®

MOVEMENT AND FUNCTIONS
Caliber : L619/L888, Self winding mechanical movement beating at 28’800 vibrations per hours and providing 42 hours of power reserve
Function : Hours, minutes, seconds and date.

STRAP
Strap Material : Black alligator strap
Buckle : With triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism.

MSRP: $2,100

A Week on the Wrist: Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

Longines has moved from success to success with its Heritage collection, a series of modern, updated, re-issues of famous pieces from the brand’s long history. Cherry-picking from its extensive catalogue of iconic and sometimes historically famous timepieces, Longines manages to both remind us that it is one of the oldest brands with a continuous history and solve a problem peculiar to vintage timepieces. This might only be my problem with vintage timepieces, but I’ve heard this series of complaints and cautions often enough that it’s worth characterizing these concerns as a position, or even a philosophy, in the small world of replica Watch collecting. If you adore the classic styling of vintage replica pieces, there are several significant barriers between you and the genuine article. Knowledge: this isn’t the standard fact-sheet or historical backstory we associate with the replica Watches Replica we love to covet, but rather the sometimes intricate and dauntingly-specific production history of collectible vintage pieces. It’s an extra investment of your time to research and master this knowledge, and that investment may be taking things a step too far with one’s hobby. Learning is its own reward, but in replica Watch collecting the unhappy ending to this story has already been written. All that research has been done and, as William Gibson has said, the opportunities for finding hidden treasures are now vanishingly small. You might find something special you like, but you’ll have to pay the person who got there first. Having and Keeping: the reality owning of a vintage timepiece might be a little disorienting for some. Yes, you have an actual piece of history in your collection and the story that goes with the replica Watch is important, meaningful even, but maintenance and replacement parts are their own special challenge. You can acquire the skills to care for them yourself or you can adopt a replica Watchmaker of your own to give you the bad news about replacement parts and restoration being sometimes as rare and expensive as the replica Watches Replica themselves. There’s also the aesthetic distance between vintage and modern pieces. When my father handed down his vintage Datejust, it was of course an irreplaceable bonding moment but, gazing down at the legacy he had just given me, it looked as though an especially expensive dime had been taped to my wrist. You adjust to the difference in size between contemporary replica Watches Replica and vintage pieces, but get used to squinting with purpose to appreciate the details or to tell the time. None of these differences are insurmountable barriers and to the true replica Watch obsessive are even accomplishments of a sort, but for those of us who place the emphasis on the aesthetic, loving replica Watches Replica as statements or completions of a certain look or style, the challenges associated with vintage timepieces aren’t always the best use of energy.

If you love the vintage category for some of the looks you can only find there, but see it as more risk than reward Longines’ Heritage Collection offers the best of both worlds. Announced at Baselworld this year, the Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Pulsometer Chronograph (L2.801.4.23.2) checks all the boxes except the one for judicious use of the serial comma in its name. At a more modern 40mm, its size confers a significant presence without overwhelming the wrist. The Pulsometer also sports an L788 movement (a modified ETA A08.261) with a column wheel, single piece, chronograph button integrated with the crown.

A look at the L788.2 movement.

A look at the L788.2 movement.

Besides being a somewhat rare configuration, the integrated push piece with its 3-click operation declutters the overall look of the replica Watch and forces you to pay visual attention to the real highlight of the piece – its dial.

The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph on the author's wrist.

The Longines Pulsometer Chronograph on the author’s wrist.

To call it stunning is almost a disservice. In the metal, the replica Watch exudes refinement and a stylish sense of purpose. The bi-compax layout, with small seconds at 9 o’clock and totalizer dial at 3 o’clock, is an object lesson in how to convey a great deal of information simply and beautifully.

The pulsometer scale, in red, hugs the outside of the dial and serves as a reminder, along with the balancing header, “Gradué Pour 30 Pulsations,” that this is a tool replica Watch. Designed to help doctors measure their patients’ heart rate, the “tool” part of the replica Watch works by — having found a pulse — engaging the chronograph with a single push, counting out 30 beats of the heart, disengaging the chronograph with another push, and reading the scale on the dial. It’s straightforward multiplication. This Longines, however, is as much a tool replica Watch as a new Jaguar F-Type is a Le Mans-ready racer like its D-Type ancestor; the original intent is honorary, vestigial, but reminds us that function, once upon a time, came in a most beautiful form.

Another look at the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

Another look at the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

The breguet hands are blued steel and, while a departure from the dauphine or stick hands more commonly found on these pieces, add to the air of elegance of the replica Watch. What is hard to convey in pictures or words is the texture of the dial itself. Beneath the anti-reflective sapphire is the lacquered face that manages to be both muted and luminous depending on the light. The arabic numerals are painted on to this surface and have their own extremely subtle three-dimensionality and texture. Rotate the face of the replica Watch away from you in decent light to reveal the gentle rise and bulge of the circles of the 8 or the curves of the 2. Applied markers have their own kind of beauty, but this Longines’ painted markers make some of my tool replica Watches Replica’ dials look like stacks of Legos. All of this comes on a handsomely-stitched brown Alligator strap with logoed buckle.

Strap and buckle accompanying the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

Strap and buckle accompanying the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

The only dubious design element I could spot (and only in profile, so it won’t be obvious unless you’re looking for it) was the lugs and their integration with the case. The polished case, from the side, is an ovoid and resembles a laid-flat pocket replica Watch. The comma-shaped lugs that jut out from the smooth geometry of the case seem stuck on. This might be a nod to how the first wristwatches were actually created, but if it’s a gesture of fidelity to the originals, it’s one that could have been better thought-out.

A profile view of the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

A profile view of the Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

At slightly over five-thousand dollars CDN, this new addition to the Heritage Collection from Longines is not cheap, but if a medically-themed vintage or not-so-vintage piece is your next obsession consider the nearest competitors: Blancpain, Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantin, or Montblanc. Orders of magnitude more costly, these pulsometers, in my opinion, don’t begin to approach what Longines’ example of the genre offers in terms of value. If you are in the market for a handsome dress replica Watch with stealthy complications the Longines’ should be on your short list.

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Longines Heritage Diver 1967 reviewed

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Oh boy, was I excited for this one.

I love retro divers. It started with the Longines Legend Diver, which I discovered in 2012. I visited my local Authorized Dealer to try it on for the third time and my sales guy explained to me the meaning of the Longines logo (more on that later). Well, I was hooked at that point and I bought the Longines Legend Diver WITH a date display. I later let that piece go but ended up buying the Legend Diver with NO date. I have used my Legend Diver in the ocean, in the pool, on the beach and in the boardroom. I really don’t like vintage replica Watches Replica. But I love the style of the 1960’s divers and a brand new “retro diver” really appeals to me. There are many nice examples and they are sporty and elegant at the same time.

When I was offered a chance to wear the brand new Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6) for a couple of weeks, I was all like, “Awwwww yy yy yeah!” The Heritage Diver 1967 made a splash (pun intended) at Basel in 2015. In many ways, I saw it as the bigger, more muscular brother of my Legend Diver. But before we get into that, let’s chat about Longines just a little bit.

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines is an old company, with a rich replica Watchmaking history. The Longines logo is said to be the oldest patented logo on Earth. The sands of time with wings supposedly means, “Le temps s’écoule, le temps s’en vole”, which means times fades away; time flies. This is so incredibly cool that it became a factor in my first Longines Legend Diver purchase. I have no problem admitting it — I just love this marketing stuff. I eat it up with a spoon. Let’s face it — when you spend a few grand on a useless toy for your wrist, you are also buying the image, the brand, and the lifestyle. In recent years, Longines have introduced a number of vintage-inspired retro timepieces. The Heritage 1935 stands out, as does the Heritage Military, just to mention a few. But I think the coolest of all is the Heritage Diver 1967. And I got to try it out…

The Heritage Diver 1967 (which I will call the HD67) is available with a leather strap, a rubber strap, or stainless steel bracelet. I was offered the version on a bracelet. I don’t want to focus too much on the style and visual details because you can look at the photos. But let’s point out a few features as we see how it fits on the wrist. I have a very large wrist at 7 3/8 inches, and this Longines is 42 mm, which was a concern for me. One of the most serious collectors, I know, always says that 42 mm is a perfect size — large enough to be impressive, but small enough that it will never go out of style. Unless it’s on MY wrist! However, the Heritage Diver is a retro piece and replica Watches Replica were smaller back in the 60’s. So the 42 mm size works well for me in this case. Plus, it’s 16 mm thick! That’s massive! And it gives the HD67 a real presence on my wrist. When I look down at the HD67 on my wrist, I see this huge piece of shiny, polished stainless steel strapped on down there and it feels masculine and macho. I love it. It’s beefy and feels rugged. After a week on my wrist, I found the size and proportions of the HD67 absolutely perfect. It fit under all of my dress cuffs (but not French cuffs), it was comfortable, and the crowns and pushers never once caught on my wrist. It is quite a heavy piece, but I got used to it and never felt it on my wrist most of the time.

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

On the bracelet, the Heritage Diver looks elegant and even dressy. The bracelet looks quite old-fashioned and adds to the retro feel. It definitely leans on the dressy side with its high polished parts. Look at the clasp! Isn’t that gorgeous? The bracelet has a built-in extension which allows you to lengthen it on hot days or during activity. I must say that, at first, I disliked the bracelet because it just looked too old school. But after wearing the HD67 with suits and blazers and dress shirts, I began to enjoy the shiny bracelet. For sure it is comfortable and it adds some bling to the piece, which makes it nice to wear with formal attire. The quality of the bracelet is top notch — the clasp requires huge significant effort to open and it feels rock solid.

That’s something I appreciated after wearing this piece for a while — the overall quality. It’s remarkable. This piece retails for just under $4,000. Now, for most people, a replica Watch that costs $1,000, let alone $4,000, is very expensive. In the luxury replica Watch world, however, $4,000 is very affordable. It is difficult to find a decent piece under 5 grand these days, yet this piece can be had for under 4 grand, loaded with impressive features and superior finishing. Here is an example — the dial. The black dial has a matte finish that gives a beautiful effect in the light. Another example is the slightly domed crystal. The Heritage Diver is sitting on my wrist as I write this, and it really does feel like a real luxury timepiece.

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Now, let me run through just a few more features and impressions before we discuss the HD67’s performance. So what do you think of the look? I think the red bezel, with a white tachymeter scale between the bezel and the black dial, is magnificent. Then you have 2 white sub-dials, and a black date disc (rather than a white disc with black numbers). I mean, the effect is just magnificent!

I have to critique a couple of things, though. Do you notice how the two white sub-dials are uneven sizes? That bothers me a bit because it ruins the symmetry of the dial and unbalances the look. As well, The hands on the sub-dials are steel on top of silver and they are not legible at all. While the minute, hour and central seconds hands are just perfect, the sub-dial hands are too dainty in style. They don’t match with the other rugged hands. Now, the crown and pushers look the part- really rugged and functional. I found, however, that when I set the time with the crown or adjusted it, my finger would hit the reset pusher. These are all minor things and they really do not detract from the overall effect of the piece. One super cool feature is the date button. Rather than setting the date with the crown (and risking breaking the date mechanism by accidentally setting the date at the wrong “time”), there is a little button on the case at 11 o’clock. You have to press it with a small tool to change the date. This feels quite a high-end as a feature.

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

High-end features… let’s explore this theme. It uses an ETA movement made exclusively for Longines. With Longines and ETA both being owned by the SWATCH Group, you could call the Caliber L688.2 movement a quasi-in-house movement. It boasts a 54-hour power reserve and beats at 28,800 vph. The Heritage Diver 1967 is what I call an “all-dressed” replica Watch because it is automatic, has a chronograph and a date display. These are all the tools that a man really needs on his daily timepiece (more on this later!). Sure, you could have a power reserve gauge or a flyback function. But with an “all-dressed” replica Watch, you’re well equipped. Let’s say you’re cooking a serious Friday night dinner to go with a primo wine. You can keep track of the actual time and also use the chronograph to time your steaks on the BBQ. And with this Longines’ rotating bezel, you can simultaneously time your potatoes in the oven. This is a timekeeping tour de force! I hate rotating bezels, by the way. But as you can see, I have found a use for them. And this particular rotating bezel is sturdy, requiring a lot of force to move or knock out of position. So back to my original point- For an attractive price, the Heritage Diver 1967 offers a gorgeous, rugged piece with a (quasi) in-house chronograph movement and an impressive level of fit and finish. This piece can proudly sit at the table with the big boys. I almost forgot — the L688.2 is a column wheel chronograph. Such a chronograph, with its vertical clutch, allows the chrono’s seconds to start with minimal “jerking” or stuttering. This regarded as a bit more high end than “lesser” cam-activated chrono’s and it certainly works well on this Longines. Now, a column wheel chronograph has to be “integrated,” which means that it was designed from the ground up as a chronograph. This is held in higher regard by replica Watch aficionados. Many cam-activated chronographs are “modular,” which means they began life as a three-handed movement and later had a chronograph module tacked on. Does this matter? Well, I once had a Tudor chronograph and, when I learned that its movement was a modular chronograph, I lost respect for it and traded it toward a grail. So, my point is that the HD67 packs quite a lot of timekeeping clout into its sub-$4,000 price tag.

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

The back of the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

The name, “Diver,” is misleading and, I think, too specific. With the tachymetre scale and racing pushers, this Longines looks more like a sports chronograph to me. It actually looks like a racing chronograph. And that’s the feeling it gives me. You’re not going to drop several g-notes on this thing to go scuba diving with it or keep precise time for covert missions. You’re going to buy it for the FEELING or VIBE it gives you. When I look at the Heritage Diver 1967 on my wrist, I am transported back to a more romantic age, sometime in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. I am in Monaco for the Grand Prix. I am an engineer on Ferrari’s F1 team and I timing Chris Amon’s flying laps on my Longines chronograph during free practice. I am an important man with a glamorous job and I depend on my mechanical timepiece to get the job done. THAT’s the vibe I get from strutting around, wearing the Longines Heritage Diver 1967. With this being the holidays, perhaps I am even more nostalgic than usual…

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

The stainless steel bracelet of the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 is equipped with a solid double security folding clasp.

How did the HD67 perform and feel after more than a week on my wrist? It consistently gained 8 seconds per day, which is totally acceptable to me. The HD67 is not a COSC certified piece and 8 seconds per day compares extremely well to other timepieces I have tested in this price range. The chronograph performed well, also- and it is very smooth to operate. The one thing I did not test was the power reserve, but I was happy with the accuracy.

One day, I was leaving the office wearing the HD67 and I ran into a client who always wears a Lange. He asked to see what was on my wrist because we always talk replica Watches Replica. You should have seen his admiration for the HD67 — the retro style really appeals to replica Watch guys. The next day, I had a lunch meeting with a corporate banker, he stared at the HD67 the whole time. He never said anything, but I could see him wondering what was on my wrist. The HD67 combines style, presence, proportions and quality that command respect. And that’s how I FELT when I was wearing it. I felt like I had a serious timepiece on my wrist that could hold its own in any company.

I must say that, as the days went by, the HD67 began to feel much more at home with business attire than with hoodies and jeans. Yes, it is a rugged tool replica Watch that can do it all. But it feels more in its element when dressed up for a big meeting or cocktail. The only things I would change about the HD67 are some minor cosmetic things. The quality, wrist presence, movement and case design are superb. If I had an HD67 in my own collection, it would get a lot of wrist time and it would see a lot of action in client-facing situations. For the price, you would have a hard time doing better than the Longines Heritage Diver 1967.

Yours truly,
TimeCaptain

A profile view of the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

The crystal on the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 is slightly domed

A profile view of Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

A profile view of Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (L2.808.4.52.6)

Pre-Basel 2016 — Longines DolceVita with gold accents

Longines DolceVita (Ref. L5.258.5.79.7)

Longines DolceVita (Ref. L5.258.5.79.7)

Longines, in its gallantry, started its pre-Basel teasing with the announcement of several new DolceVita models that this year, are embellished with rose gold accents.

The DolceVita collection is Longines’ interpretation of the classic rectangular replica Watch, an elegant shape that will never lose its noble elegance. The 2016 DolceVita replica Watches Replica come with a rose gold crown, steel and rose gold bracelet and a touch of gold on the dial.

The silver coloured dial is decorated with an elaborate flinqué model with painted roman numerals and blued hands.

Longines is offering four different sizes and there are also variations set with diamonds. No winding necessary, they are powered by quartz movements.

Here is a collection worthy of a very special woman, as Fellini would put it in his 1960 masterpiece, the Dolce Vita: “You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.”

More at www.longines.com.