Review: Longines Conquest Classic

March 28, 2015, while in Vienna, my family stopped by a jeweller’s. We were there because I spotted a small dress Longines with white dial and Roman numerals (which I later found to be Les Grande Classique de Longines). I wanted this watch for my 18th birthday. After discovering that the watch is quartz, I was told its mechanical counterparts were all sold out. The young man at the shop then showed me watches from other collections. I had a hard time deciding which one to get between the Longines Conquest Classic and the Longines Hydroconquest. The finalist was the Conquest Classic that is less sporty yet more elegant. The CC is powered by ETA 2892a2 and the HC by ETA 2824-2. The Conquest classic is thinner with its movement that allows thinner case construction.

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The winner is Conquest Classic. It has a patterned dial and doesn’t feature crown guards present in normal Conquests.

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How the watch sits on my small wrist.

The watch was delivered on highly polished steel bracelet with satin-brushed center links.

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The watch in indoor light condition

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The workhorse of the watch is the Longines L619 or modified ETA2892A2.

The watch has 3-hand configuration and a date window. The date wheel is white, appearing to be a bit disturbing with black dial. I think a color matching date wheel would blend in better. The legibility of the dial is moderate in normal light condition. The lume is sufficiently applied and does glow in the dark, even at 3AM.

Conclusions: This very watch is overall a good watch with classic looking, sharp execution, and a reliable movement from a well percieved brand. Its name Conquest Classic suggests that it has its roots from Conquest watches from around the 60’s that were less sporty yet more elegant than normal Conquests today. This watch is the modern interpretion of Conquest of that time, when it was a direct competitor to Omega Constellation. It is Longines’ another attempt to revive its Conquest collection, but not a remake or homage.

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