Longines is a brand with impressive legitimacy when it comes to pilot’s instruments. Think Charles Lindbergh for instance, or the chronographs delivered to the US Army, the Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 (recently reissued). The brand’s savoir-faire in this field is undeniable. Today, we’ll review a watch that isn’t a faithful re-edition of a glorious past model, but instead a modern creation with classic aviation inspiration, a new and important collection for Longines that has been introduced a few months ago, the Spirit – slightly vintage but not “Heritage.” And since it is available in multiple variations, we’ve decided to compare them, so you’ll be able to decide which one is the best for you. Face to face, the Longines Spirit Time-and-Date 40mm and 42mm, with different colours and bracelets… And yes, these two are drastically different watches.
As explained in our introductory article, many explorers, pioneers and aviators of their own kind worn Longines watches. Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith or Howard Hughes all had Longines watches strapped around their wrist while flying. The new Spirit collection pays tribute to this rich history of aviation watches. But not with a Heritage style. Instead of recreating past watches, Longines designed a watch with classic features of an aviation piece, in a modern package. Sure, the Spirit is somehow old-school in its visual approach, but the execution, the details on the dials and cases, the colours and the movements are all very much contemporary.
While also existing in a more masculine and robust chronograph version, today we decided to focus on the two other models. On paper, we’re talking about relatively similar watches. Both are time-and-date models, both have the overall same design, both have the same movement. The main difference is about the diameter: 40mm on one side, 42mm on the other side. But when you start to dig into the collection, you’ll see that 3 dial colours are available, as well as options for leather straps or steel bracelets. Altogether 12 references to choose from.
Thus, we took the 40mm Longines Spirit in its most classic version – black dial on a brown leather strap – and the 42mm model in the most modern style – blue dial on a steel bracelet. And, as you’ll see in the video, these are two very different watches indeed.
So, what to choose? What model is better for you? What style do you want for your Longines Spirit? We tell you all about this collection, including our usual breakdown of the specifications and mechanics, in our latest video review on top of this article.
More details on the Longines Spirit collection here, at longines.com.
Technical specifications – Longines Spirit Time-and-Date
40mm or 42mm diameter – about 11mm in height – stainless steel case, brushed with polished bevels – sapphire crystal with A/R coating – solid steel back – screw-in crown – 100m water-resistant
Available in 3 colours: matte black, sunray-brushed blue, grained silver
luminous applied markers and hands
Date at 3 o’clock, with partial “3” marker on the 42mm version
Raised and bevelled outer minute track
calibre L888.4 (modified and improved ETA 2892) – automatic – COSC-certified – silicon balance spring – 21 jewels – 25,200 vibrations/hour – 64h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, date
Stainless steel bracelet, brushed and polished, folding buckle
Smooth calf leather strap, steel pin buckle
Now available at longines.com and at retailers
EUR 2,020 – all 40mm models
EUR 2,120 – all 42mm models