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INTRODUCING: Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm

Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm

The sleeper hit from the Saint-Imier watchmaker returns with a larger option.

Back in August last year, we covered the Longines HydroConquest GMT and opined that its appeal extends beyond attracting recreational divers, given its dual-time functionality. And it has indeed proven popular as the watch is already adding a new size option barely a year since its introduction. Launched with a 41mm case then, we naturally expected a sub-40mm follow-up in due time, as current watchmaking norms dictate, but trust the Saint-Imier company to buck the trend. Perhaps Longines knows its HydroConquest clientele better than we do, and it clearly knows what it’s doing here as the larger 43mm case size gives the watch’s ruggedly handsome build that little bit more oomph, resulting in a more commanding wrist presence.

Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm
The Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm is available with a green, black, or blue dial with a sunray finish.

Those who are concerned that the watch will be unnecessarily modified in this upsizing exercise can rest easy; Longines knows it has hit the design jackpot with this one and seems intent on not messing around with what isn’t broken in the first place. Other than increasing the stainless steel case by 2mm, the watch is practically unchanged. Like its predecessor, it is also offered with a green, black, or blue dial with a sunray finish. However, those looking for a brown-dialled version may be disappointed to learn that that remains exclusive to the 41mm forbear.

Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm
The Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm retains all of the winsome features of the 41mm original, albeit in a larger format.

Otherwise, we are happy to report that the watch retains the winsome features from the 2023 collection update. These include a unidirectional bezel with a ceramic insert and widened notches for durability and easy operation, respectively. The watch’s legibility is enhanced by a sapphire crystal with a multi-layer antireflective coating as well as Super-LumiNova accents on the indexes, hands, and bezel marked with a diving scale. The second time zone scale, on the other hand, encircles the periphery of the dial in two tones to indicate day and night.

Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm
The Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm is highly wearable, thanks to the smaller, rounded crown guards and shortened curved lugs.

Despite the larger case size, the watch is still highly wearable, thanks to the smaller, rounded crown guards and shortened, curved lugs. While the watch’s thickness has been maintained at 12.9mm, its lug-to-lug has been bumped up by 2.6mm to 52mm, so those with slender wrists may do better with the original version.

Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm
A screw-in crown and solid screw-down caseback protect the exclusive Longines GMT Calibre L844.5, ensuring the watch’s 300m water resistance.

A screw-in crown and solid screw-down caseback ensure the watch’s 300m water resistance, protecting the exclusive Longines GMT Calibre L844.5, which also drives the 41mm models. An ETA-based self-winding movement with an impressive three-day power reserve, it allows the arrow-shaped GMT hand to be independently adjusted, and is equipped with a silicon balance spring and innovative components in non-magnetic materials. In fact, the movement’s resistance to magnetic fields is more than ten times greater than the ISO 764 benchmark standard.

Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm
The Longines HydroConquest GMT 43mm is also available with a black or blue rubber strap.

Offered on a matching steel bracelet with H-shaped links, or blue or black rubber straps, all featuring a double-safety folding clasp with micro-adjustment, the watch also defies conventions in its pricing. Interestingly, the all-steel versions are priced exactly the same as the 41mm models at S$4,350 each, while the rubber-strapped options are going at S$4,040 each, which is lower than that of their smaller brethren. Literally giving us more bang for our buck, the HydroConquest GMT 43mm is undoubtedly an attractive value proposition we’re finding hard to resist.

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