In watchmaking, when the word “complicated” is mentioned, people are bound to associate it with high prices. But today, I would like to talk to you about a complicated watch with complicated functions and a great brand, but at a very affordable price: the new Longines Master Collection Moonphase Automatic Chrono Blue Dial replica Ref. L2.6126.96.36.199, which is commonly known to players as the Longines “Eight Hands Moon Phase”. Longines eight hands moon phase is definitely an “oddball” (oddball is a positive word here), with the day, calendar, month, moon phase, 24-hour display, timing, a variety of functions in one.
Case & Dial
You see, Longines already make a Longines Master Collection replica with blue sunburst dial, but its stainless steel case measured a beefy 42mm. Now, however, Longines replica has seen fit to create the timepiece in a much more svelte and versatile 40mm case … and the change is dramatic. The classically rounded steel case, which retains it highly polished finish, now sits on my middling wrist with aplomb, with the nicely curved lugs stopping well short of the edge of my wrist – a feat that the 42mm example cannot achieve.
The case resizing isn’t the only drawcard of this watch though, because, for less than five big ones, this might be one of the best value-for-money watches on the market.
The radially brushed, sunburst navy blue dial is lovely, and the way it catches the light. But despite displaying hours, minutes, small seconds with a 24-hours indicator at 9 o’clock, date indicator around the circumference, a column wheel chronograph mechanism with central 60-seconds hand, moon phase display with 12-hours counter at 6 o’clock and 30-minutes counter with day and month display at 12 o’clock, the dial is cohesively well-judged.
It is said that the combination of these functions makes it seem chaotic, but it is the “chaos” that adds to the character of this Longines “Eight Hands Moon Phase” replica. In recent years, sports watches have become more and more popular. The reason for this is that sports watches are more stylish and eye-catching, and can be recognized from a distance. In this regard, the formal watches are at a disadvantage. The Longines “Eight Hands Moon Phase” is precisely because of the word “chaotic” on the dial, which gives it an advantage and increases the recognition of the watch. It allows people to recognize the watch immediately from the dial.
All these complications are possible thanks to Longines replica utilising the Caliber L687, which is the exact same movement that its larger 42mm brother uses. It’s nothing short of a great caliber, and is actually based on ETA’s powerful and somewhat bulletproof 7751 movement.
What’s even more of a boon is that the watch is capped on both the front and case back with sapphire crystal, which provides optimum levels of legibility and also allows you to admire the hard-working movement, replete with its blued steel column wheel.
The Longines L687/688 caliber is a deep improvement of the ETA 7750 movement, using a column wheel, oscillating gear clutch and “double T” shock absorbers (i.e. Nivachoc shock absorbers, which are also used by OMEGA). The oscillation frequency is 28,800 vibrations per hour, and the movement’s power has been increased to 54 hours. The new version, L687.5, has a silicon hairspring and improved anti-magnetic capacity. In terms of actual time, this one is 3 or 4 seconds faster every day, and it keeps good time.
The Longines replica comes with a navy blue alligator leather strap with contrasting white stitching and a stainless steel triple folding clasp with push-button mechanism. I think it’s important to reiterate that this Longines Master replica Collection has a suggested retail price of only $4675. Yes, I use the word “just” because I can’t think of another timepiece on the market that offers such complexity, beauty and practicality. More importantly, it is produced by a watchmaker with a long history of watchmaking tradition, more than any other watchmaker.
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