Given how well the Rolex Submariner Black Gold Replica goes with most any outfit it is sometimes easy to overlook that it is a serious dive watch. Water resistant to 300 meters using a rotating diver’s bezel, there is a reason why the Submariner a part of Rolex’s “Oyster Professional” collection of watches. The dial is utterly classic (albeit a layout that’s ubiquitous, after having been duplicated for decades), and it is extremely legible. These newer Rolex watches take advantage of blue-colored, compared to green luminant that is a nice touch that other manufacturers have followed.Around the dial would be that the rotating diver’s bezel with Rolex’s Cerachrom black ceramic bezel insert. The former generation Rolex Submariner still used aluminum bezel inserts, and in comparison to the newer ceramic ones, they’re almost barbaric. Horizontal and easy to scratch aluminum bezel inserts shouldn’t be seen in anything but cheap watches nowadays. Some people, of course, have a fondness for the older aluminum-style bezel (or perhaps some of those plastic ones, by a very long time ago). Those people are clearly turning a blind eye on the impressive design, precision cut markers, and scratch resistance properties of a ceramic bezel. Also, sorry people, in 30 years the Cerachrom bezel is not going to “patina.” It will stay the exact same glossy black colour it’s when you buy it.Inside that the Rolex Submariner 114060 is the totally in-house made caliber 3130 automatic.
The HydroConquest line has been around for a little more than a decade now. It’s become a mainstay in Longines’ lineup referencing both the brand’s sporty appeal and their attentiveness to an elegant design. Now for Baselworld 2018, Longines has introduced the Longines HydroConquest Dive watch with a ceramic bezel. This new updated version of the Longines HydroConquest will be available in Sunray Black, Grey, or Blue. It will also come in 43mm and 41mm case sizes, as well as a chronograph version that is exclusively 41mm.
Dimensions: 43mm & 41mm
Water Resistance: 300m
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating
Movement: L888.2 (based on the ETA 2892.2) and the L688.2 (Based on the ETA A08.L01) for the Chronograph
Frequency: 25,200vhp for the L888.2 and 28,800vhp for the L688.2
Power Reserve: 64 and 54 hours respectively
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel bracelet or a Black/Grey/Blue Rubber strap to match the dial.
Price & Availability: TBD
This seems like a pretty expected move from Longines. The update of their watch’s bezel material to ceramic is pretty on-trend with other major Swiss manufacturers this year. In a way, I think it was a needed addition to modernize the line and keep it from getting lost in the shuffle with Longines’ other offerings. While, on paper, it does seem to be a pretty minor thing, I believe it will be very noticeable and bring great added value to the watches in person. While the price for the updated versions has not been announced yet, the current price for the previous version sits at just over $1,200. This seems like a good deal for a watch from an established Swiss watchmaker, featuring a great movement, and now ceramic accents.
As I previously stated, it almost seems like this update for Longines was one that needed to be made, if only to not be left in the dust in comparison to other brands. Ceramic acts almost as a stamp of modernity on watches today, whereas aluminum or steel inserts feel a bit dated. It will also result in a watch that can stand up to a lot more actual wrist time without showing the wear. All-in-all I would say that this is a welcome upgrade to the Longines HydroConquest line. Pricing and availability for the new HydroConquest models has yet to be announced but we’ll update you as soon as we know more. longines.com