Green continues to be the dominant color in the watchmaking world with Longines now introducing two models to their HydroConquest diver’s range. The brand’s sportiest divers’ watch, the HydroConquest has made a bit of a comeback since the introduction of last year’s all-black and all-grey models with ceramic bezels that matched their dials.
Both divers have a pleasing khaki green dial, the 41 mm boutique edition does one better with a vertically-brushed ceramic dial. The standard model uses a 43 mm stainless steel case. Water-resistant to 300 meters thanks to a screw-down crown and a solid, screw-down caseback, the case is fitted with a polished ceramic insert in its diving-influenced, unidirectional ratcheting bezel that matches the dark matte green of the dial for a handsome monochromatic look.
The dial, under a sapphire crystal coated on both sides with several layers of nonreflective coating, hosts the familiar HydroConquest elements: three big, legible Arabic numerals at 12, 9, and 6 o’clock; luminous coating on the indices and hands; and a discreet date window at 3 o’clock.
Inside the case, which has been tested to a professional-grade 300 meters of water resistance, ticks the self-winding L888.3 caliber. Developed exclusively by ETA for Longines, it boasts a 25,200-vph frequency, a silicon hairspring, and a user-friendly 64-hour power reserve. The watch can be paired either with a textured rubber strap in the same khaki green hue as the dial and bezel, or a steel link bracelet with a double-security folding clasp equipped with a divers’ extension. Both versions carry a price tag of $1,600. The bracelet has a quick release function to enable the easy swap of straps.
The boutique-only 41mm edition has a ceramic dial with a vertically brushed finish. The rest of the watch’s feature are similar to the 43 mm version. This version is priced at $2,150.