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Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Announced last fall, the Heritage Military COSD continues Longines’ run of producing reissue-style pieces that connect with various sporting designs of their past. While the past few years have seen a substantial increase in the trendiness of vintage-inspired designs, Longines was arguably in the first wave of this trend when they launched the Legend Diver back in 2007. Now, some nine years later, we find a market full of “new vintage” watches – with their faux lume, hugely domed crystals, and gilt dials calling us back to a time before quartz really messed up the joint. To a somewhat similar effect, we have the new Longines Heritage Military COSD, a field watch styled after a legacy Longines model worn by British Paratroopers in the later years of WWII.

To begin, let’s take a brief look at the original model, a few of which appear to occasionally trade hands online and at auction. While there isn’t exactly a wealth of information to be found, the original reference 2340 was 36mm wide in nickel plated brass with a silver-white arabic 12/24-hour dial, a hand-wound Longines 12.68N movement, welded lugs, and an oversized crown. The “COSD” naming comes from Company Ordnance Supply Depot, and these watches carried the MOD (British Ministry of Defense) Arrow on the dial, the mark of a watch issued for use in the British Military. Reports suggest that the 2340 was created in 1944 and that some were issued after the end of World War II.

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

So, the Longines’ Paratrooper, as it is most commonly known, is a somewhat distinctive field watch design with a smattering of military history. It’s of little wonder then, that Longines decided to design a new version for their modern Heritage line up, the same line that brought us the Legend Diver and the 1967 Heritage Diver Chronograph. The modern Longines Heritage Military COSD uses a 40mm steel case that is some 10mm thick and stretches 52.1mm lug to lug. The crown, which does not screw down, is of a more reasonable proportion and the crystal is up to current spec, with the Longines Heritage Military COSD using an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The new Longines Heritage Military COSD, which comes in a black or silver-tone dial, is a similar rehashing of the original, save for the inclusion of a date window at three and a handset in blued steel (for the silver dial, vs the original 2340’s skeleton handset). Just as with the war-time original, the Longines Heritage Military COSD sports twin 12- and 24-hour markings and a railway minute track lining the outer edge of the dial. The red 24-hour scale adds a nice bit of color that reflects the original and, in another direct nod to the MOD application of the 2340, the Longines Heritage Military COSD bears the same arrow icon below the branding on the dial.

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The hands and five-minute markers are lumed and glow nicely with additional points at twelve o’clock. The color would suggest that Longines has used Superluminova C3, which glows brightly with a green signature and I’m thankful that they avoided the current popularity of faux-aged lume. While not as bright as a serious dive watch, the Longines Heritage Military COSD’s lume is perfectly functional without compromising the attempt towards mirroring the reference design of the 2340. Much like the reference design, and true to the ethos of a field watch, legibility is excellent in any situation, especially with the added contrast of the silver dial. That said, I do rather miss the detail seen on the tip of the 2340’s seconds hand, that distinctive skeleton design element is beautiful and it would have been a welcome bit of detail on the Longines Heritage Military COSD.

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With long, sloping lugs and a wide, flat bezel, the Longines Heritage Military COSD’s steel case is entirely polished. While this element may sound rather fitting for a vintage watch (or a watch designed to appear vintage), the entirely polished case feels out of place. Judging by the example photo provided by Longines, the original 2340 carried a matte finish (which would seem to fit a watch designed for military use). With that in mind, I’m not sure why Longines opted to go full polish.

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Military COSD Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

A lot has changed since the mid-1940s, including the fact that modern Longines is part of Swatch, so these days their movements are from ETA. As such, the Longines Heritage Military COSD uses the Longines L.619.2 which is basically their treatment of an ETA 2892-A2. This 4Hz automatic movement is a step up from the 2824 and has been used by other Swatch brands like Omega, as the Calibre 1120 in many watches, including their pre-coaxial Seamaster Professionals. The 2892 is always a welcome option as, at just 3.6mm thick, it tends to make for a thinner watch.

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  • word-merchant

    This watch has got as much military heritage as I have. (Hint: none).

  • ??????

    Lovely watch. Being military inspired, somehow looks cute; perfect for everyday lazy wear.

  • And if sister company Hamilton made it would it cost half as much? Well then it wouldn’t be a Longines and could not use the original for inspiration I guess. Brushed or bead blasted finish would be better for sure.

  • DR

    Having seen this a few times in shop windows – and through no fault of the ABTW photographer – nothing conveys the mirror-like shininess of this watch, especially since the bezel is flat around the dial, creating a blinding doughnut of awfulness. Although I adore the dial, band and Longines in general, it just looks cheap.

    Of course, you could solve all of this with a deep breath and a belt sander. 🙂

    • Berndt Norten

      The shiny finish will help troops as they seek to camouflage….

      • DR

        I assume it was designed to help the enemy.

        Speaking of military matters, I wonder if Longines actually licensed the COSD and arrow design, and whether they’ll kick back some of the profits to UK-based military charities. Methinks not….

        (Maybe every watch sold remains property of Her Britannic Majesty’s government.)

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Such a boring face,……………..and love it. Clean, crisp, casual but great quality from a great name. Value for a money ? , i would say so for a longines. Am keen on keeping the smooth Basel. looks lovely in the light. I would also keep the nato strap ( although am not to keen on that washed out green coloUr ) to keep the casual look. One in white please.

  • IanE

    How much??? That shiny/blingy bezel is a complete disaster: makes it look like a 50 dollar Chinese piece of junk.

  • Ayreonaut

    The original had skeleton hands,mushroom-like crown, and no date. Now they’ve scrapped all those distinctives.

  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t want to be ‘that guy’, but seiko makes the same watch for about $100. Even at $1 I’m not interested though. What a snoozer.

  • Sevenmack

    You could buy the equally-dull Hamilton Khaki for a fifth of the price. Or the spectacularly gorgeous Seiko SARG007 (photo below) for a little less than that. Or just go down to Kohl’s or Target and buy any low-end Seiko quartz or Timex for even less.

    Honestly, who at Swatch Group thought that this Longines would cut it? It is the dullest watch I’ve seen in a while.

    • DR

      One day I will sit down and make a great long list of Seiko automatic movements and their actual and theoretical accuracies… Until then, I will continue to hate the piss-poor timekeeping of my 7S26C and try to avoid the lure of the 6R15…

      • Sevenmack

        The 6R15 rocks on the timekeeping front. On my Cocktail Time, I usually lose three-to-four seconds a day, lower than the +/-5 rating that many usually find (and the range of as much as 20 seconds a day Seiko usually states to stay in safe harbor). My SARX015 loses five seconds a day. So I am a fan of the 6R15, and would love Seiko to produce another watch with the 6R20 movement (which also keeps great time). Best of all, Seiko movements can be easily regulated, which isn’t the case with a Miyota anything.

        That said, oddly enough, neither have proven as accurate as my Eterna KonTiki with its Sellita movement; it loses just two seconds a day. A funny thing, since my Christopher Ward Malvern has the same movement and loses six seconds a day. This proves the old saying that your mileage may vary.

        • DR

          I’m glad to hear your 6R15 behaves itself!

          I wish Seiko could somehow streamline its classes of watches to simplify the process of choosing the right price/accuracy balance. I can forgive them, since they produce so many (often inexpensive) models in such volumes, but – given the primary function of watches – the anecdotal variation reported among enthusiasts is quite surprising.

          • Sevenmack

            That’s interesting. Most enthusiasts I know and read have few issues with the 6R15. [The 7Rs, on the other hand, are a different story, less about accuracy than about the lack of hacking). But it isn’t shocking, either. I’ve heard folks complain about the accuracy of their Omegas, even though most folks I know have said the coaxial movements are top-notch accuracy-wise. Same too with watches with ETA’s 2824 movements. As with any mass-produced movement, I can imagine there are variations in accuracy depending on such matters as how long the watch had been sitting in some warehouse or AD display case.

            Of course, my brother, who is no watch collector, but knows more about watches than most, would respond to all of us by saying this: Buy a quartz watch and be done with it.

          • DR

            To be fair, I wasn’t really singling out Seiko for criticism (in fact quite the opposite) – I cannot imagine that manufacturers of cars or washing machines or pencils could afford the variation in performance that watchmakers seem to accept. Funnily enough, the most accurate automatic watch that I’ve owned is a totally run-of-the-mill Tissot (with a 2824 movement which – despite being worn daily for 13 years without servicing – is almost bang-on all the time!

  • DanW94

    More like “military uninspired”. It’s a bit lifeless. You’re better than this Longines….

  • iamcalledryan

    It’s fine, I just wish they would have gone all the way and left the date window out.

    • DanW94

      As far as their reissues go, it seems Longines has never met a date window they didn’t like.

  • Mark

    I’ll probably be in the minority here, but I do like the aesthetics of the watch. I love the legibility. I feel a watch must first and foremost tell the time quickly and accurately. I also love a date window, but not when it ruins the aesthetics. That being said, for $1600.00 USD, I rather buy 10 Seiko SKX’s or 5’s (Like the one pictured). You get the same look with a more rugged timepiece. For what I do and where I go, I need a watch that can go to hell and back. I agree with James Stacey in that the polish on the case gets and holds your attention, but on a field/tool watch it would be better to have a matte finish. By the by James, I love ‘The Grey NATO’. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Thanks for the review. I won’t be buying the re-issue, but I will definitely be hunting for one of the originals.

  • Matt Smith-Johnson

    Love this damn watch. I know the original was brushed, didn’t have a date window etc… But let’s be honest, this isn’t really for the military anymore now is it? It’s for gawking at and enjoying while you sit in your office. As a compromise, I’ll take one of these because it’s gorgeous, and a Cyma ‘dirty dozen’ to keep it real.

    For some reason everyone on here seems to keep brining up Seiko, which is a brand I also love, but it’s just not the same thing. Sure I can get a Seiko for $120, but it just isn’t as well made as this Longines, no matter how simple the design of the COSD may be. With all this talk about value, think of it this way— you could have both this and that previously mentioned Cyma for less than the cost of a late 90’s datejust. Win!

    • Sevenmack

      A $100 Seiko may not be as well made. But the SARG007 (and the SARG005)? A much-different story; the SARB, SARX, and SARG lines tend to be as well-made as any $1,000 Swiss counterpart (which, honestly, are overpriced anyway). Additionally, as one of the Seiko Alpinist lineup, the SARG007 is a more-sophisticated take on the field watch. So, yeah, people are right to bring up Seiko, especially the SARG007, in this discussion.

      The Longines is merely a higher-priced version of the Hamilton Khaki without any of the latter’s virtues.

      • Matt Smith-Johnson

        Sure thing, they are great value and Seiko offers various tiers of quality/luxury within their range. However, the SARG SARX and SARB all look quite different from this: If you wanted a Longines 2340 feeling on your wrist, none of those watches will get you any closer to that goal.

        I also disagree that Longines has none of the virtues of Hamilton. They are different companies each with their own history and highlights, and even though both have made good and bad products, it still isn’t apple to apples. The Khaki is iconic, and as a military-watch-guy I am a fan, but I have handled both the COSD and the Khaki and there is a definite noticeable difference in what you are getting. The Hamilton costs less, but you are getting just a bit less in the fit and finish IMHO.

        So overall, Seiko/Hamilton are great, they are just not a replacement for every watch that costs a bit more. Also, I feel that people wear watches for much more than the “bang-per-buck” value—heck, if we all wanted to save a whole lot of money we could just look at the time on our overpriced phones.

    • SuperStrapper

      I think people kep saying it because it is so immediately apparent. And the delta in quality won’t be commiserate with the delta in cost: this is certainly a better finished watch, but is it 200 times better? Not at all. No display back so the movement will be unfinished and will look just as spartan at the Japanese movements, so we are talking about style and case finishing here. Style is really artistic, and in the eye of the beholder, so let’s wash that out Is this watch case finished 200 times better than the South Pacific iterations in quetion? No one would responsibly argue that.

      • Matt Smith-Johnson

        Well, It isn’t exactly 200 times the cost of a $120 Seiko (that would make it $24,000) but we could really apply a metric like that to just about any watch. Is a steel Tudor 500 times better than a Seiko? A Patek 5000 times?
        To an extent, it’s personal preference that makes something feel “worth it”, but craftsmanship does count. Still, the COSD price isn’t really exorbitant, and I do think you are getting a good watch at a reasonable price.

        As far as seeing the movement goes, well personally I don’t always need/want a display back. Not sure what kind of finishing is applied inside the case here, but even if it was done to the same standard as say, the Black Bay, I’m not sure I would care to see it.

        • SuperStrapper

          That 200 was meant to be a 20, obviously! Both times. Guess I can’t really be forgiven for a double typo…

          But my point is still pointy. As is yours.

          • Matt Smith-Johnson

            It is a pointy point, and both points are pointing towards bonus points for pointing out the different viewpoints of enthusiasts.

  • Shinytoys

    What’s old is new again. Great review James. A super watch.

  • Larry Holmack

    I would rather own the original than this one. At least it would have some real history behind it. I can go to my local Target and pick up a Timex for $40 that looks just like and I won’t get teased by my buddies when I tell them it a Longines!! “Oh….look at the Big Guy wearing a girls watch!!”

    Sorry Longines…stick to making women’s watches…!!!

    • peter_byford

      So would I !
      I really don’t know how anyone can get any pride of ownership with these retro / hommage pieces…..one up from a fake IMHO. As Aurel Bacs says….” The whole point of chasing a vintage watch is to own a vintage watch ” Why buy modern retro when for the same or less money you can buy the genuine article ?

      • Larry Holmack

        Yep. I love vintage watches….as I have several of my late father’s watches, including one he wore while serving in the US Air Force in Korea in the early 1950’s. I also have a WWII era watch that my grandfather gave me as an 8 year old, which got me started on my love for watches. He gave it to me a week before he passed from heart damage caused by the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 and 1919, in March of 1966. ( Which, by the way, infected nearly 500 million people world wide and killed between 10 to 50 million people, 675,000 in the US alone. )

        • peter_byford

          Hi again.
          Well said, I hope you empathise with my views ! I’m afraid this site is littered with comments made by people where…’ a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ ……mostly ill informed knowledge too. This is a good youtube for you to watch. It resonates with me 100% , but may not with you to the same extent…..but I won’t deride you for your views lol ! BTW, had an idiot ask me what ‘ The Dirty Dozen’ ( Lee Marvin movie ) had to do with military watches of WWII….I despair, I really do lol !

          http://www.thewatches.tv/en/editorial/and-the-next-hot-vintage-watch-might-be/

          ” Beaten up Rolex or Patek Philippe “…………Sacre bleu lol l
          Note the comment re Longines chronograph movements.

  • Beefalope

    The case looks nice, but overall the watch looks plain and boring. One of the rare Longines offerings I don’t care for.

  • Bruce

    Skipped right to the price for this otherwise good looking pilot. Not bad!

  • funNactive

    With todays technology there’s no excuse for a field watch (rugged & durable) to not be at least 100M water resistant (if $50.00 watches can do this, so can $1,000+ watches).

    • iamcalledryan

      I guess so long as you stay in that ‘field’…

      • funNactive

        …Any watch

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    This watch is far above the heads of the average A Blog To Watch commentator. It is a Longines, for one. Secondly, it is well made. Thirdly, it is perfectly designed. Fourth, it is far too subtle in its details and nuances for the rabble to appreciate. Fifth, it represents actual value for money.

    I am so tired of the Great Unwashed referring to their Seiko garbage watches as somehow an alternative to Swiss watches. They are fools. This is why they populate the lower levels of horology hell. Their clueless and wilful denial keeps them there. Seiko has made a tiny handful of watches worth of respect (I count two) so they are not completely dismissed by the giants of horology such as myself, but to leverage this minor success against a vast ocean of discount basement garbage and claim Seiko as an alternative to this watch is preposterous. Yes, Longines is not what Longines once was, but it is recovering to a good level of Swiss watchmaking, and looking back to its greatness. What did Seiko do in World War 2? Have you never seen Bridge on the River Kwai? That’s who they supplied watches to.

    For those suggesting a Seiko over this decent piece, let’s put this simply: You are rabble. This elegant, elegant, simple watch is not in your league.

    • peter_byford

      Your ignorance & attitude shows you up for the undoubted arsehole you are !
      The broad arrow for a start represents WWII military issue to US & Britishsoldiers who laid their lives on the line, not some office boy to wear today. Putting it on this Longines is a travesty akin to people wearing medals they didn’t earn ! Shame on Longines ! Ah….maybe Lange will come out with a hommage to Nazism by putting a swastika on the dial ! Swiss = over priced, over hyped, over marketed & unfortunately .’ over here’ . Seiko trounced all-comers in observatory trials in the 70’s, 1st place & others in the top 10..the Swiss were so shit scared, they stopped such trialling overnight ! History repeats itself so we are told, & Seiko & others are showing the Swiss the way. My scuba diving buddy sold his Rolex Submariner & bought a Seiko diver with a Grand Seiko movement…” Should have sold the Sub’ years ago..the Seiko is better finished, has superior performance & doesn’t need it’s auto rotor tube or mainspring replaced at service time like the Rolex ‘……his words, not mine. QED

    • commentator bob

      Longines supplied watches to Nazi Germany and Seiko to Imperial Japan, so you are wasting your time bringing up the war.

      Comparing mid-range Swatch group and mid-range Seiko group watches (e.g. the SAR line) is legitimate. At every price point Seiko offers more value. If you think any mechanical Seiko is garbage you apparently have not seen a Sistem51, which has the nerve to cost more than a Seiko5.

      For a Longines purchase I recommend one of the column wheel chronographs, which I consider closer to the spirit of the brand. But anyone that buys this will like it.

      • peter_byford

        Yes, so did Junghans. They claim they were coerced into putting the swastika on their watches & torpedo stopwatches for the U-boat killing machines. Strange, after the war was over, you couldn’t find many staunch Nazis in Germany. Then of course we have Rolex ‘assisting’ Panerai during WWIi, the latter being an Axis power & the enemy.

    • SuperStrapper

      There is no point in attempting to logically counter this kid with real data. He has proven on many occasions that he actually doesn’t know anything about watches, and his posts (back to the skeleton days and beyond) are meant to troll only. Your first clue should be that he doesn’t even have his own personality.

    • Marius

      My esteemed colleague,

      The Seiko fetisch that is evident in some comments reminds me of the great Jean de La Fontaine. His fable “The Fox and the Grapes” is an extremely good example for showing how some people rationalize their decisions, and convince themselves that if something is too expensive for them it is not good. I am also a little amused by this idea that Seiko is the greatest, the most reliable, the better finished, etc, etc.

      • TrevorXM

        I don’t know what Dink-O will say, but your analogy of The Fox and the Grapes is actually very good!

      • peter_byford

        You are ‘amused’, by the same token others take it more seriously & think Seiko are better. People who can’t ‘take it’, shouldn’t ‘give it’. Opinions are all subjective
        anyway.

      • commentator bob

        “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a much more appropriate fable with regard to the current watch market.

    • Larry Holmack

      All valid points…but I would still rather go on the hunt for an original, well used version of the watch. The fact that maybe I could find and purchase one that a WWII era British pilot wore in battle is what gives me the thrill.

      • TrevorXM

        I would certainly agree with that! Real history is always more exciting. It would send my imagination reeling to get a hold of one of those watches!

  • Marius

    Regardless of whether you like this watch or not, I don’t understand why so many people mention Seiko. Longines and Seiko play in completely different leagues. Longines is a Swiss, entry level prestige brand. People buy Longines because for around $1,600-$3,500 you can get a solid watch from a brand that has a good pedigree and heritage — in fact, before the quartz crisis, Longines was a very respected brand, on a similar level with Rolex and Omega.

    Seiko, on the other hand, produces very affordable watches that are largely used as tools. Nobody would consider a Seiko SKX-whatever to be a prestigious watch, whereas a Longines is a higher brand. Of course, nowadays Longines is not on the same level with Rolex and Omega; however, it’s still more prestigious and classy than any Seiko R2D2, 3CPO.

    • DanW94

      I suppose your right, if you’re that shallow and insecure about yourself that your watch choices are based on other people’s perception of prestige or worthiness.

      • Marius

        It’s not that I’m shallow and insecure — which I am, by the way –, the reality is that horology itself is about prestige and perception. Do you think that most Rolex owners are watch experts attracted by the technical specs? No, of course not. They like the prestige of this brand. Do you think that most Ferrari and Porsche owners are racing drivers and car enthusiasts? Of course not. They simply like the image that these brands reflect. So, according to you, most Rolex, Patek, Lange, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Gucci, etc. owners are shallow and insecure? Maybe. But one thing I can assure you is that they also are much richer than you.

        • DanW94

          Unlike your avatar, I don’t make sweeping generalizations and assumptions about entire groups of people. I’m sure some owners of those “prestigious” watch and car brands you mentioned are attracted by the image of the product, and some by the quality of the product itself. And yes, I’m sure most of those Rolex and Patek owners are richer than me, but I’m okay with that, unlike you who has such deep seated inferiority issues you’ve created this pretend elitist online persona. Kinda sad….

          • Marius

            It’s very simple, DanW94. I don’t pretend to be an elitist — I am a watch snob. I only like prestigious brands, and I openly admit that besides the technical aspect, I also look at the pedigree and history of that brand. So please, don’t bother me with Seikos, shallowness, and other people`s perception. Now go. Go in peace.

          • DanW94

            I will go, but only because your watch elitist routine has grown as stale and tiresome as Dinky dick’s one-trick pony show….

          • TrevorXM

            I’ve been following these watch blogs for some time, and it’s more you than either of these highly entertaining characters whom has grown stale! They seem a lot more intelligent than you are — and virtual geniuses next to the dude who calls himself Ryan and assorted other characters on here. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is.

          • DanW94

            Hey, thanks for your two cents douchebag. I guess it’s nap time for the two ass-clowns so they sent you to fight their battles for them. Make sure they get some sleep so they’re ready for another round of “lets pretend we’re someone else” when they wake up.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            I hereby call upon A Blog To Watch to BAN THIS TROLL! He is calling people names, insulting them, and bullying. He has no place on this blog of yours.

          • DanW94

            Dinky, be a big boy and stop relying on others to fight your battles for you. If ABTW doesn’t step in, maybe you can tell your mommy on me…..

          • TrevorXM

            Please do something about this name calling troll, Ariel. He’s really overstepped the line and is name calling and insulting and DanW94 has no place on a civil popular web board like A Blog To Watch’s comments section. I have flagged his comments as I am sure others have and he needs to be banned at this point. I encourage others to flag DanW94’s comments and we have him removed.

          • DanW94

            So the third stooge has chimed in again. But this time not to address me but to go crying to Ariel….nice. No worries, I ‘ll leave you alone. I should have suspected as soon as things got a bit ugly you’d go running with your tail between you legs.

          • TrevorXM

            Again I ask that DanW94 be banned from this blog. It’s not real life where I can reach out and put the touch on a bully like DanW94 as he fully deserves. He has no place on a civil webboard like this and I can only imagine how many others he has trolled and bullied and will continue to do so unless he is removed.

          • DanW94

            Dude, you make me laugh. “Reach out and put the touch on me”, What exactly does that mean? Are you going to hit me with your purse or something?

          • iamcalledryan

            Ouch.

            Well entertainment and intelligence and watch knowledge are three entirely independent dimensions. I don’t claim to being a genius but I will certainly step up to an argument when it’s misguided or at worst is deliberately contentious.

        • peter_byford

          As many argue…..’ Rolex are for people who know names, not watches ‘.
          Many think, rightly or wrongly, that Rolex are great at marketing but are mediocre at watch-making’. Where comments are OTT in my view is where personal opinions are foisted on the rest of us as if they were fact.
          ” One man’s meat is another man’s poison” I wouldn’t buy a new Bentley today , on the grounds that it has a German BMW engine in it, but wouldn’t presume to preach to others that they were no good.

          • TrevorXM

            First of all, Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne still uses the original Rolls-Royce independent era V8. Secondly, what is wrong with your head that you wouldn’t buy a car with a “German” engine in the Continentals? Where does this prejudice come from? Were you held in a concentration camp 78 years ago by people who have nothing to do with two generations later? Are you some kind of a nut?

          • peter_byford

            I was making the point that’s all. I own Junghans, Lange, Grundig, Leica, & many other German made products as I have other hobbies & interests outside of watches & my 100+ vintage collection. I couldn’t afford a Bentley anyway lol ! The point is, it appears everyone else can view their prejudices here, & I’m no different ! Don’t you have any then ? My father was a submariner in WWII & though hated his German enemy, respected them. How dare you align me & my ancestry in such a narrow-minded & vicious outpouring…..shame on you & your character !!

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            Pay no attention to this individual in future posts, Trevor XM. He is clearly a nut of some sort. I certainly will be ignoring him.

          • peter_byford

            Hi. I’m just as liable to ‘trolling’ as anyone, & am equally liable to a knee-jerk reaction as the next man……but really, I’m just as angry with myself as my dissenters sometimes.

          • commentator bob

            VW owns Bentley, BMW got Rolls. Nothing wrong with a VW engine in an Audi, but the brash, oversized pushrod V8 from the independent era is more appropriate for a Bentley. Otherwise just get an honest Audi instead of one with a Bentley grill (i.e a Continental).

          • peter_byford

            Yes, I first put Rolls-Royce before I changed it to Bentley lol ! In my defence I could claim the same confusion BMW / VW had at the time of the acquisitions lol ! Not as bad as the American who bought what he thought was London’s Tower Bridge , when in fact he bought London Bridge, a far less attractive & iconic landmark lol ! Thanks for pointing my error out.

    • TrevorXM

      I’m kind of baffled as to the Seiko references myself. Whenever I see a Seiko label on a watch I get this sort of unpleasant memories of small anonymous cities and strip malls and bland, boring people whom think Seiko is a “good name”. And then I think of more recent memories of all these dorks on web boards going on and on about their Seiko SKX…. on some smelly old NATO strap being more accurate than a Rolex after they’ve had it for 15 years and never washed it or anything. Of course they’re all talking out of their ass. I think it’s a shame really, because Seiko can certainly make a very good movement for a watch like this — but instead of regularly using it themselves, they license Soprod to make it as the A10-2 while Seiko carries on with their crappy movements for Joe Six-pack. Seiko has always aimed for the lowest common denominator for the vast bulk of their watches and that’s why I’d never buy one with that name on the dial.

      • egznyc

        Everyone is entitled to do what they please, but as for myself, I am not bothered that Seiko makes some pretty pedestrian watches. I don’t need to buy these run-of-the-mill products. I can choose to buy only Seiko’s better quality products. The fact that they make both does not make me want their better watches any less.

      • peter_byford

        Bloody Hell, & you have the nerve to label me ‘ a nut’ lol ! Better that than a big twat like you. Are you retarded mentally ? Please, give everyone a glimmer of hope in making allowances for you. BTW…twat = slang for vagina ha ha !

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          This monster needs to be banned from A Blog To Watch.

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        Well said, good sir!

  • egznyc

    There’s a lot of talk about how this is overpriced and how Seiko kicks butt over this offering. Well, I’m not going to defend the price for the Longines here, even though it’s not a bad-looking watch. But frankly, I’d prefer Stowa’s Partitio for this type of watch – and at a much fairer price. Funny: this Longines reminds me of the Halios Tropik B reviewed here not long ago – though that was actually a much more attractive watch to me (and water resistant). Sure, I know, apples and oranges …

  • peter_byford

    Back on topic everyone lol ! I own a Longines WWI trench watch, & envy my brother’s 18ct Admiral 5*. Granted they are vintage pieces, not to everyone’s liking or era. I have, ever since my teenage years had a respect for the brand. Longines had this aura of being ‘the gentleman’s wrist-watch’. The brand has moved with the times though, & offer a more sporty line-up of models. I keep looking at the Conquest , but have equally masculine daily wear pieces to choose from, both mechanical & quartz. IMHO Longines & a few other mainstream brands seem to be losing their way a little in the market place. Maybe it’s not so easy or economically viable nowadays to plough one’s own furrow, mighty Rolex etc can, but I think this piece shown here doesn’t put Longines in the best light….a pity.

    • peter_byford

      Hell, the Hydroconquest still look nice though lol !

  • commentator bob

    If you are considering this watch I would also take a close look at the Glycine Airman Base 22, either purist or GMT, both are about $1,500 online.

  • Yanko

    Any price over $ 100.00 for this watch should be defined as criminal activity.

    • peter_byford

      For $100 , I’d buy 10 of them & ebay lol !

  • Ariel Adams

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    With those policies in place anyone can let others know that they are engaging in conduct hat the community has agreed it doesn’t want, or so that people understand why aBlogtoWatch team members have removed or moderated their comments (when necessary).

    I firmly believe that everyone here loves watches and has important and intelligent things to say about the topics we cover. People however have various thresholds for attacks and hostile behavior. Conversations on aBlogtoWatch can be as heated as necessary, but under no circumstances will we tolerate personal attacks, hostile behavior, and vulgarity so severe that it would turn away a reasonable person from engaging in a discussion. Community members should be civil and fair, and not discourage other people from communicating. In other words, keep it classy and if you seen someone that says something you don’t like either respond diplomatically or inform the offending party that they may be breaching our policies. Thank you to everyone who chooses to spend their time and attention on aBlogtoWatch.

    • David Williams

      Ariel – yes, quite so!
      The tone of the discussion has suffered greatly from the disinhibition that occurs online, a well-known phenomenon whereby commenters feel that their apparent anonymity, and perceived distance from the target of their wrath, frees them to say things they would not say face-to-face. Maybe the wisest counsel is “if you can’t say something interesting, in a constructive and respectful way, say nothing!”.

  • Filippos

    The best place to have this watch tested,is at the beautiful island of Ithaka in Greece.Home of the epic adventurer and Homer’s hero,Odyssey. Two kinds of activities,will test this watches characteristics,spearfishing for the water pressure and clear face for keeping the time for the duration of the hunt and mountain hiking to test the humidity and roughness of the nato strap. Live your myth in Greece!

  • I still think Longines is one of the most underrated, best value brands out there, but they always seem to make tiny missteps that end up keeping them out of my watch case – like the polished case on this model, or the polished bezel on the Conquest GMT, or the crying shame that is that date window on the Heritage 1967 diver chrono.

    I want to love you, Longines. Let me love you.

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