1 — Longines Chronograph Diver ref. 8229-1
Next on the list is a legendary Longines diver’s chronograph that was actuallyintroduced in 1969. But the majority of the Longines 8229-1 watches were soldin the 1970s. The watch featured a 41mm stainless steel case and came in twodifferent colors. The first is features a “normal” black Bakelite bezel, butthe absolute winner is the version with the bright orange Bakelite bezel. Imean, look at that glorious orange color, and a black version is never anoption.The only downside of Bakelite, as most of you will know, is that it crackseasily. It is why many of these watches had to go back for service, and therearen’t too many around in great condition. Additionally, Longines produced twoversions of the 8229, and there were slight differences in dial design. Sowhat you will see is that some of the 8229-1 models have replacement parts ofthe second generation. Most of the 8229-1 models currently on offer come witha leather strap. But the style of the original bracelet is worth checking out.The 8229-1 came on a Jubilee-style bracelet that gives the watch a greatpresence and makes it a vintage piece you could easily wear today in both sizeand looks.Image courtesy of Fred Mandelbaum
How much do Longines watches cost?
How much should you shell out for a Longines watch? Below is a table thatgives the approximate price tag of various Longines watches for men and women.Model| Price (approx.)| Features| Movement| Materials —|—|—|—|— Longines Heritage Avigation| $4,800 USD| Chronograph, Tachymeter| Automatic|Stainless steel Longines Master Collection Moonphase GMT| $3,900 USD| Moonphase, GMT|Automatic| Stainless steel Longines HydroConquest Automatic| $1,275 USD| Diving bezel, 300m waterresistance| Automatic| Stainless steel Longines Conquest Quartz| $1,479 USD| Chronograph| Quartz| Black PVD Coating Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch| $3,099 USD (discounted)| Hour anglesystem| Automatic| Stainless steel Longines Flagship Heritage| $1,629 USD| Date| Automatic| Stainless steel Longines DolceVita Quartz| $3,675 USD| Time only| Quartz| Stainless steel
10 Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Watch – $3,712
The Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Watch is a self-winding watch withcolumn wheel mechanism that measures 41 millimeters in diameter. It haspolished luminescent hands, chronograph complication, 30-minute counter and12-hour counter. The case is made of stainless steel with black ceramic bezeland crown. It has a screwed-down sapphire caseback with lateral protectioncrown. The watch is water-resistant up to a distance of 100 meters. It alsohas a black and gray strap.
8 Longines Admiral Chronograph Watch – $4,020
The Longines Admiral Chronograph Watch is a self-winding watch that measures42 millimeters in diameter. It has a superluminova luminescent display withpolished hands plated with rhodium. Complications include a chronograph,30-minute counter, small seconds and tachymeter. The case is made of stainlesssteel and screwed-down caseback and crown with grey ceramic bezel, crown andpush buttons. It is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The glass is made ofsapphire with anti-reflective coating. It has a stainless steel with triplefolding buckle.
Longines in the 1970s
Like so many other brands, Longines was hit hard by the quartz crisis. But itdidn’t mean the brand gave up. During the 1970s, the brand showed howinventive and great a brand they were. In 1977 Longines introduced the CalibreL990 that was the thinnest automatic movement featuring a date at just 2.95mm.It was the last completely in-house produced movement from the Longinesfactory in St. Imier, and it was an incredible movement that Lemania actuallycontinued producing under their own name as the Lemania 8810But the brand’s focus was not just on mechanical watches. The brand alsofocused on developing new quartz watches. The most spectacular came in 1979when Longines introduced the Longines Feuille d’Or or Gold Leaf in English.This spectacular rectangular gold watch was just 1.98mm thick and still looksspectacular. Unfortunately, not that many were produced, and a minimal numberactually survived the last 40 years.These are just two examples of Longines’ attempts to innovate and surviveeverything that was happening. Next to that, the brand continued to producesome amazing watches that combine handsomely good looks with fascinatingmovements. So let’s take a look at five of the best Longines watches from the1970s.Image courtesy of Hodinkee Shop
9. Longines Column wheel Chronograph watch -$3712
The Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Watch is a self-winding watch withcolumn wheel mechanism that measures 41 millimeters in diameter. It haspolished luminescent hands, chronograph complication, 30-minute counter and12-hour counter. The case is made of stainless steel with black ceramic bezeland crown.
4. Longines Pink Gold Column Wheel Chronograph Watch – $9,648
This beautiful watch has a white dial with a self winding automatic movement.It is solid polished with 18k Rose Gold case. It has a scratch resistantsapphire crystal and an Saphhire crystal exhibition case Back. It has a brownleather strap with crocodile pattern.”