The 10 Best Longines Watches For Men
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in July of 2018. With more than 175 years of watchmaking expertise, Longines has earned its reputation for fine Swiss craftsmanship. These watches for men make ideal companions at black tie affairs or can accompany you on deep sea dives and journeys through the skies while providing critical information. We've ranked our selection here by style, functionality, durability, and complications. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
December 18, 2020:
We overhauled certain portions of this ranking to ensure that the models here are in keeping with the offerings currently in Longines' catalogue. In some cases, models have been phased out, while in others there's just been an update, like with the capable and sporty HydroConquest Chronograph Automatic. The biggest visual difference between this and its predecessor is a simplification of the markings on the bezel. Some might argue that it makes counting elapsed time slightly harder underwater, but ultimately very few owners of dive watches actually go diving with them, and those who do rely first on a dive computer before turning to their wrist watch.
My personal favorite addition to the ranking is the Master Collection Date 36. It's one of those timepieces that's deceptively simple. It's a time-and-date model with elegant blued steel hands and a dial that you can only really appreciate when you see it up close. And then you flip it over and find one of the company's finest movements visible through its caseback. And they've gone to the trouble of making the rotor weight out of gold for an added bit of visual splendor.
A few other models we saved for our special honors section, in part because availability isn't great for some of them due to high demand. The one of the three that's particularly easy to get your hands on is so because it's a quartz movement. Now, I'm a big proponent of Longines' mechanical works, but the only GMT in their current lineup is quartz-powered, presumably to keep it from getting too thick. Time will tell if they come out with an automatic version.
September 06, 2019:
In revisiting this ranking, we found it necessary to remove only one model from our previous list — the Lingbergh Hour — mainly for availability concerns, but also because we found its bezel and dial to be a little too busy given its actual functionality. What we found to take its place immediately shot up to number one, thanks to both the unusual nature of its design, and its incredible movement, which offers more than 28,000 vibrations per minute.
We also saw fit to upgrade the previous HydroConquest model from a quartz option to a mechanical reference. While there's nothing inherently wrong with a quartz movement (it is more accurate, for example) it's undeniable that the average customer looking for a Longines watch isn't interested in quartz. Rather, they're more likely part of the relatively recent explosion of interest in automatic timepieces.
In reorganizing the list around our new additions, we prioritized things like reserve power, movement complications, water resistance, and style, while being on the lookout for important features like scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and dimensions that are both in line with current trends and suitable for the greatest number of wrist sizes.
Avigation Type A-7 1935 This company and Vacheron Constantin are probably the two best known for producing pieces like this one, so-called driving watches that are designed to be legible for drivers — or pilots for that matter — while their hands are glued to a steering wheel or throttle. The luminescent material on this particular model is dyed to look like it would after decades of aging. longines.com
Conquest V.H.P. GMT Thanks to this model's GMT function, you can keep track of more than one time zone at a given moment. A further innovation comes from the timepiece's energy saving mode. Since a great deal of a quartz watch's battery power is devoted to moving the hands, you can actually stop this part of the timekeeping by pulling the crown out to a certain position, though the watch will still be running otherwise. When you re-engage the crown, the hands will spring perfectly to whatever time it is, not matter how long has passed. longines.com
Heritage Classic Chronograph This model, often referred to as the "Tuxedo," features a silvertone dial that verges on cream, with a contrasting black hour track just within the broad tachymeter scale. At 40mm in diameter, it's an ideal size for most men and even some women, and its automatic movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Sadly, its caseback is solid, so that movement can't be enjoyed visually. longines.com