Longines GMT Lindberg

Fairly new addition to my little Longines collection is this nice Longines Lindberg GMT World Timer model and it’s one that already I find myself wearing frequently.

Longines Lindberg GMT World Time

Longines Lindberg GMT World Time

At 38mm by 11mm depth it is a good size and fits me perfectly, but the feature that really makes me love this watch is the sheer quality of the entire watch.  In fact the closer you get to it, the better it becomes.

I particularly like the complete look of this model and whilst a neat size it does have a solid look to it, enhanced by the milled edge outer bi-directional brushed steel bezel with the World Time City zones around it.  The bezel does have a click position only at GMT London.  The watch case in  contrast is generally polished Stainless Steel with an exhibition back.  The Water Resistance is 3 atm.

Curve cut enamel date window with GMT disc wheel outer index

Bevel cut enamel date window with GMT disc wheel outer index

Looking closely at the dial you can see that the main numerals dial is enamel and the date window is beautifully cut and chamfered through the enamel.

The black numerals and blue GMT indexes are also perfectly and evenly applied and the very fine GMT chapter disc moves silently with the main hands indicating 24-hour time.  Using this in conjunction with the single click hour hand adjust, it’s simple to set your local time to the city required on the outer bezel.  Interestingly using when adjusting the time, the hands can be moved either way, hours, minutes, date and 24hr GMT indications can move forward or back.  If going back a day, the date simply clicks back one day. This is something I’ve personally not noticed on a mechanical movement before and is very useful.

This way your hands can be quickly adjusted to show local time and the 24-hour ring shows GMT – so a lovely and clever mechanical World Timer without electronics that sits snug on your wrist.

Comfortable on the wrist and a sensible size at 38mm diameter.

Comfortable on the wrist and a sensible size at 38mm diameter.

The crystal is Longines Sapphire with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale (by comparison Mineral glass is only 6.5) and on this model is subtly curved and quite invisible such is the quality of finish and a corresponding sapphire crystal back shows the very excellent 33 jewel Longines L635.3 Automatic movement (this is based on the ETA 2824/2 base calibre).

Longines L635.3 Swiss Automatic 33 Jewel movement

Longines L635.3 Swiss Automatic 33 Jewel movement

With a center seconds hand and a movement beating at 28,800AH it is very definitely a “sweep” hand and with the gold finely turned colored center giving a subtle contrast to the dark blue infill hands, this is a fine looking and well balanced watch.  It is really quite elegant.

Longines Lindberg GMT World Time with original slate/blue Croco strap

Longines Lindberg GMT World Time with original slate/blue Croco strap

A 3 position Onion crown is a nice size, well figured and easy to use and the strap is the original Longines Croco leather in a sort of slate blue, stamped and signed with a stainless milled buckle.

GMT Word Time City zones bezel - GMT rotating 24hr disc, Hour Numerals

GMT Word Time City zones bezel – GMT rotating 24-hour disc, Hour Numerals

Onion Crown with stainless bi-directional Zone bezel

Onion Crown with stainless bi-directional Zone bezel

Setting instructions (Longines) –Ashampoo_Snap_2013.06.10_11h36m27s_005_Ashampoo_Snap_2013.06.10_11h40m41s_007_Fortunately Longines have an excellent web site where this setting information and movement data is freely available, so even though I bought this pre-owned without instruction papers and so on. it was quite easy to download the relevant information as above.

http://www.longines.com/watches/instructions

http://www.longines.com/watches/technical-information

Their web site covers a wide range of models and is very useful – I have copied these to my Tech Info page as a permanent reference.

So, am I happy with my purchase?

Absolutely!  I have to say I’m delighted by it and the price does reflect the quality of the this model and in my opinion, well worth it.  I have seen pre-owned models for sale from £750 to £1400 dependent on condition.  This particular one is in MINT perfect condition and is absolutely in as new as you can get, so I’m well pleased and against the price range I quote here, I did VERY well on my recent trip in Europe.

I have 5 Longines models now and hoping next to perhaps increasing my Jaeger LeCoultre collection, so I’m looking.  But will I manage to procure one here in the UK at a decent price?  Well that is very debatable I have to say and becoming increasingly more difficult, so perhaps another trip is called for . . . . . . . . maybe.

Another contender

Yet another model I’ve seen that I find attractive is the German producer Dievas (pronounced “D-Ah-Vas”) who have an interesting and very affordable range of quite decent quality timepieces.  Modern diver or utilitarian style I suppose you could call them and the one I feature here is under their “tactical” series – the Voyageur GMT.

The Voyager GMT Dievas

The Voyageur GMT Dievas

And whilst this has a larger case than I usually go for at 45mm, that is offset a little as it measures only 11mm depth, which means it’s not too bulky at all for my smallish wrist.  It’s a 3 piece case made from Grade A 316L stainless steel.  It is also hand finished which is rare these days in watches of this price range and has undergone the Dievas 6Steel treatment, known as Dievas 6Steel™ and as a consequence is very resilient to scratches and knocks.

You will note the large clear dial face clearly visible under a thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside and clear Arabic numerals on the hours.  White coated hour & minutes hands, plus a center sweep second, also in bright white and an almost forgotten date window @3, which I would have preferred much larger, seeing as everything else is so clear.  The hands are treated with Super-LumiNova for great low light clarity, which for me is a plus.  The 3rd hand which is GMT (or second time zone if preferred) is a sort of “floating” one, with only the tip being noticed initially.  It is there of course but is colored black as the dial background but the tip is a bright red edged arrow with a Super-lumiNova centre.  The pointer points very precisely to the outer 24hr perimeter track which is excellent, though the large red GMT lettering, whilst eye catching, for me perhaps is just a bit OTT.

"hidden" GMT pointer with red Super-LumiNova arrow tip.

“floating” GMT pointer with red Super-LumiNova arrow tip.

This model features the ETA 2893-2 automatic movement, which additionally has Côtes de Genève on the rotor and plates, incabloc shock protection and a 42 hours power reserve.  A large 7mm crown means easy adjustments and finally it comes fitted with a rather solid 24mm red stitched leather strap and steel buckle.  Personally, having a small to medium wrist, I’m not a great fan of heavy leather straps, so I might fit a silicon deployment replacement strap, but this is a personal thing.

As said this model caters for night time use, unlike so many others out there, which is to my mind, considering the utilitarian/divers style market, should be an essential requirement.  And it does so rather well as shown in the last image courtesy of the Dievas web site which shows a typical night/low light image.

Voyager low light view - note the GMT arrow.

Voyager low light view – note the GMT arrow.

So pretty good on legibility at night, though with GMT arrow pointer clearly but the outer track not being lumed, you have to remember to x2 the visible numerals – in other words, this one is reading just after 9 hours.  I particularly like the second hand clarity as shown and hope it’s really that good in reality.

In conclusion a nice watch and a worthy contender for my collection and definitely a wearing watch, not just for the cabinet.

Good points? – The watch dimensions, the case finish and the dial clarity – can’t really fault it – excellent.

Bad points? – Well perhaps the date indicator could be larger especially as the Dievas philosophy is legibility and since the rest has excelled in that department.  And for me the strap is too heavy, but here I’m being very picky.

Overall – it is a fine watch at the end of the day – and this one is affordable and I’m sorely tempted!     Again!   😉