Like its predecessors, the first of which hit the market in 2012, the newest version of the brown leather strap fake Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 pays homage to a model ordered by the U.S. Air Force in 1935 (we review a previously released model here) and engineered to meet rigorous specifications in terms of aesthetics, durability and precision.
The black dial, shifted 40 degrees to the right, is a nod to the pilots who would wear the watch on the inside of their wrist over thick gloves to read the time quickly and easily without having to release the aircraft’s control yoke. The big, fluted crown at 12 o’clock, enabled the wearer to control the Swiss movement Longines fake watch’s chronograph functions by simply pressing the single push-piece inserted in its center. Inside the 41-mm steel case is a column-wheel chronograph-equipped movement, Caliber L788.2, based on the reliable ETA Valgranges A08.L11 and developed exclusively for Longines.
IWC replica extended its partnership with the U.S. Naval Aviation community in 2018 with the development of its first “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor” watch, which was awarded exclusively to graduates of the Navy Fighter Weapons School “Top Gun” program. This year, the brand unveiled a version of the “SFTI” for the rest of us — with a matte black dial, tactical-look case and an in-house-made chronograph caliber.
The 44 mm IWC Pilot’s replica watch uses a combination of materials: black zirconium oxide ceramic for the bezel and case middle and Ceratanium for its caseback and chronograph pushers. The black dial’s central chronograph seconds hand has a jet-shaped counterweight. Behind the Ceratanium caseback, engraved with a Top Gun logo, is IWC’s manufacture Caliber 69380, whose double-sided pawl winding system, an IWC technical hallmark, enables it to amass a power reserve of 46 hours.
Offering well-designed watches from a reputed Swiss company at reasonable prices seems to be a winning strategy for cheap fake Longines. Introduced in 2019, the Longines Master Collection Moonphase watch continues this story, with a policy of keeping Longines in the price segment that it dominates (700 to 3,500 Swiss francs) – even with complications. Available in two sizes (40mm and 42mm), the moon phase model come with a range of different dials, including one with diamond indices. Today, we’ll be looking at the 42mm replica Longines Master Collection Moonphase with a handsome blue sunray dial, the most contemporary-looking of the lot with its on-trend colour scheme and simple but elegant dial.
The Swiss made fake Longines Master Collection was launched in 2005, a collection of elegant classics with various complications ranging in complexity. Unlike the extremely popular Heritage Collection that references specific vintage models and revisits them with an earnest respect for the past, the Master Collection references traditional watchmaking codes with casual, elegant good looks. After all, not everybody wants a retro remake or a vintage-inspired watch. For many buyers, a simple classic watch for daily wear from a reputable watchmaker with a small complication and an affordable price tag is just what the watch doctor ordered.
The moon phase models joined the repertoire in 2019 adding to the existing line-up of three-hand-and-date, day/date, power reserve, chronographs, annual calendar models all the way up to sophisticated calendar chronograph combinations.
MOON PHASE AND POINTER DATE
The dial is blue with a lovely sunray finish emanating its subtle rays from the centre. Sunray or sunburst means dials with a texture similar to brushed metal, which is known for its chameleonic ability to catch the light. A moon phase complication is not an essential feature for daily life; it is more of a poetic reminder of the waxing and waning of our neighbouring satellite. The golden moon and accompanying stars appear in an aperture at 6 o’clock, a traditional location for this kind of complication.The feature I most enjoy about this model is the pointer date. Instead of disrupting the dial with an aperture for the date, this simplest of complications is handled in the simplest and most discreet way possible and arranged around the moon phase counter. The numbers 1 – 31 are picked out in white and indicated by a silver hand.
The fact that this model does not rely on Roman hour numerals gives it a more contemporary air. The dial features long baton-style applied indices with a slightly thicker marker at 12 o’clock, and time is read with elegant silvery feuille or leaf-style hour and minute hands. The minutes are relayed on an inclined flange which gives the dial additional depth. The brand’s traditional winged hourglass logo is applied to the dial below the brand name at noon. In keeping with its classic spirit, there is not a trace of lume on the dial.
The automatic movement was developed exclusively for Longines by sister company ETA, both part of Swatch Group’s empire. The calibre L899 (based on ETA A31.L91) was upgraded for cheap copy Longines with a slightly reduced frequency of 25,200 vibrations/hour and a longer power reserve of 64 hours. The movement can be seen through the sapphire caseback with its signed Longines rotor and a cut-out area shaped like the brand’s winged hourglass logo. The Côtes de Genève on the rotor and the perlage on the mainplate might be machine-made, but add a satisfying touch to the movement.
Despite being an important pillar of the brand today, the cheap fake Longines Record is sometimes overlooked by the collector community. In its most refined form, the Record Collection represents the clean classicism that is so beautifully embodied by the brand, and offers a breadth of watches tailored for everyday wear. This year Longines replica have continued to develop what the Record Collection can be, with the Longines Record Australian Limited Edition adding a luxurious twist to what is on offer.
Offering the simple, yet elegantly designed profile of the 38.5mm steel case, the bezel is set with 52 internally flawless VVS diamonds weighing a combined 0.624 carats. A further 13 diamonds are set as hour markers into the single piece of white mother-of-pearl dial. Simple, luxurious and tastefully considered.
Powering the new blue hands fake Longines Record Australian Limited Edition is the Longines caliber L888.4, a COSC certified chronometer that offers an impressive 62 hours of power reserve. It is visible through the sapphire caseback that also records the limited edition number that your watch is in the series.
Another exciting feature of this quietly gem-set Longines is the strap options that the watch arrives with. After receiving it, you will find the three different alligator leather straps, dyed purple, white, and black, all of which are secured with a double folding clasp for comfort and security. All of these straps can be swapped without the use of tools, thanks to Longines’ simple adjustment mechanism that can be found at the rear of the lugs.
Price and availability:
The diamonds bezel copy Longines Record Australian Limited Edition has an Australian RRP of $6995 and is limited to 35 pieces. For more details, visit Longines right here.