Reviewing 42MM Replica Longines Spirit L3.820.4.93.0 Chronograph Watch UK

AAA perfect Longines introduced its Spirit collection last year, drawing its main inspiration from the timepieces that it produced in the early 20th century for pilots and explorers; Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, and Paul-Emile Victor were among the brand’s most famous wearers, along with Charles Lindbergh, who famously co-designed the Hour Angle, Longines’ most emblematic and enduring pilots’ watch. The Spirit models are not “pilots’ watches” in the strictest sense of the word, but rather can be described as “Pilot Style” timepieces, with a host of elements drawn from the past along with features that are definitively modern.

A while back, I had the opportunity to review the three-hand date fake model in steel and more recently I finally got my eager hands on the model that most caught my eye when the series was launched back in Spring 2020 — the Spirit Chronograph in a steel case with a sunburst blue dial. In just about every respect, the timepiece proved to be worth the wait.

Stainless Steel Fake Longines Spirit L3.820.4.93.0 Chronograph Watch

The watch’s 42-mm case sits large but not intimidatingly so on the wrist, and at a fairly thick 15 mm in profile, definitely makes its presence felt. Like its three-handed brethren in the high-quality replica Spirit collection, it sports a thin, dramatically angled bezel framing the dial, giving said dial an impressively wide presence. The sharply angled, faceted lugs are satin-brushed on their largest surfaces, and polished on their angled facets. The bezel ring has a shiny polish on its sloped sides and a brushed finish on its top surface; together the elements, along with the dramatically sunburst-finished dial, create gleaming effects under bright light — obviously, not what a pilot would necessarily want in a cockpit, but appealing in a dress watch.

The screw-down crown is sharply fluted and shaped in the “diamond” style of those on older pilots’ watches (though on those vintage models, it would have likely been much larger). The pump-style chronograph pushers surrounding it are also historically derived and a tactile pleasure to operate. On the opposite side of the case is a bonus, and one not found on very many pilot or pilot-style watches I’ve encountered; a push-button for a quick advancement of the date (in a window at 4:30), secured from accidental usage by a screw-locking ring. I confess that I wasn’t expecting this feature, and the materials I had initially read from Longines don’t really emphasize it — my first reaction was that it might be a helium release valve, which would have made little sense on a watch for a pilot — but it is an incredibly user-friendly feature that makes it that much easier to quickly set the correct date after the watch has been idle for a few days.

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The dial is in a classically designed, three-register style. It’s bordered by a white-printed railroad-style minute ring, whose slightly matte finish contrasts nicely with the main dial. The hour numerals are applied and executed in a large and legible Arabic font, with silvery outlines framing luminous-treated interiors. Each numeral — as well as the subdials that supplant the “3,” “6,” and “9” — is accompanied by a diamond index, with its own luminous center and aligned with the 10-minute marks on the outer track, presumably to ensure easier reading of the chronograph seconds. The pointed baton/sword hands are also luminous; in classical chronograph style, the minutes hand is substantially larger, so there’s no mistaking hours for minutes even at a glance.

The subdials are slightly indented, silver-framed like the hour numerals, and bear a subtle snailed texture that offers contrast with the shiny surface of the main dial on which they’re staged. The 30-minute chronograph counter is at 3 o’clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and the running seconds at 9 o’clock. These subdials’ functions are subtly but emphatically differentiated by the use of red-tipped, diamond-ended hands for the two chronograph readouts and a simple white stick hand for the seconds. The central chronograph seconds hand is designed in the same manner as the stopwatch subdial hands, albeit longer. The use of red not only ties the chronograph elements together in an aesthetically pleasing way; it also adds a splash of contrasting color to the blue-white-silver totality of the watch. The three subdials form a “V” shape that frames the stacked elements at the top: a classic Longines logo, the brand’s winged hourglass emblem, a white-printed “CHRONOMETER” notation, and the row of five applied stars that are a hallmark of the Spirit collection, used by Longines historically to denote the “five-star” quality of the watch’s movement.

Fake Longines Spirit L3.820.4.93.0 Chronograph Watch With Arabic Numerals

That movement is hidden inside the Spirit Chronograph, behind a steel caseback that is solid, slightly convex, affixed with six sunken screws, and decorated with an engraving of the Longines winged hourglass over a globe and an etched ring with various stats about the watch. To be totally honest, I would have preferred a sapphire caseback that displayed the movement, but Longines’ reasons for employing this type of more traditional caseback are valid, both to keep the price down as well as to call back those early 20th century aviators’ watches that inspired this modern collection.

The Longines Caliber L688.4 (based on the ETA A08.L01, and modified specially for Longines) thus does its job efficiently behind the scenes. As is indicated on the dial, this version of the self-winding movement boasts a COSC chronometer certification, ensuring its reliability and accuracy; a column-wheel architecture for the smooth operation of its integrated chronograph functions; and a 60-hour power reserve, which enables the wearer to pick up the watch after a weekend on the dresser and resume wearing it without winding it up. Also contributing to the timekeeping accuracy and long-tern stability is an antimagnetic silicon balance spring.

Swiss Movement Fake Longines Spirit L3.820.4.93.0 Chronograph Watch

The 1:1 best replica Longines Spirit Chronograph watch that I had the pleasure of wearing and reviewing is mounted on a soft calfksin leather strap, in a shade of blue that complements the dial, enhanced with white contrast stitching. In this element again, we find a harmonious marriage of vintage and modern: an early 20th-century pilot would almost certainly have worn his (or her; props to Ms. Earhart) watch on this type of sturdy, stitched leather strap, but the use of blue rather than traditional brown or black makes its distinctly contemporary and dressy. The watch is also available on a steel link bracelet for an even more elegant overall look. It’s priced on the strap at a very tempting $3,100, so you don’t even need to dig too deep to soar to the pinnacle (in my view) of this high-flying collection.

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Among the many things that make modern living great (hot running water, antibiotics, fashionable sweatpants) the ability to get on a plane and fly anywhere in the world – travel restrictions notwithstanding – is a biggie. In the 1930s, however, air travel was still a highly experimental form of transportation, and the pioneers who flew those planes had more in common with old time-y explorers than they did with the airline pilots of today. In the days before GPS, an accurate watch was essential to this dangerous job, and Longines made some of the best ones on the market. Nearly a century later, Longines remains a heavy hitter in the watchmaking game, and they haven’t lost their connection to those early days of aviation. Their new Spirit collection pays homage to the great pilots of yore in these three watches, which combine classic skyfaring looks with 21st century Swiss mechanical movements. Shearling jacket is optional.

Black Dial Fake Longines Spirit L3.810.4.53.0 Watch
Longines Spirit L3.810.4.53.0 Replica

Watches have come a long way since the 1930s, but the best designs of that decade still carry a lot of weight. For proof, check out this edition of the Longines Spirit, a luxury Swiss timepiece whose details come directly from the greatest pilot watches of the swing era. This classic three-hand calendar watch features big white numerals, diamond hour markers and “baton” shaped hands against a matte black dial, a powerful but understated combination designed to go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. Subtler still are the pronounced step around the bezel, the vintage font and the red-tipped seconds hand, all of which you’ll appreciate more the longer you wear it. Inside the Spirit’s polished steel case (sized at a Goldilocks-approved 40mm) is a self-winding mechanical movement that, like every model in the Spirit lineup (and most of the best watches in the world), is chronometer certified by the COSC, the gatekeepers of Swiss watchmaking accuracy. Paired with a contrast-stitched brown calfskin strap, this watch is the definition of classic style-meets modern substance.

White Dial Fake Longines Spirit L3.811.4.73.9 Watch
Longines Spirit L3.811.4.73.9 Replica

Along with dark indigo denim, a slim navy blazer and a pair of minimalist white low-tops, few things in your wardrobe are going to work as hard for you as a three-hand steel watch on a steel bracelet. This edition of the Longines Spirit is such a watch, with dynamism that goes even further with two additional straps. The Prestige Edition includes an additional NATO strap as well as a leather strap that can easily be changed using Spirit’s quick-release mechanisms. All of this is packaged in an exclusive box that profoundly displays the Longines Spirit logo. Like all of the watches in the Spirit lineup, this one takes its styling cues from the iconic Longines pilot’s watches of the 1930s (the oversized screw-down winding crown, for one, is big enough to be operated with gloves on – perfect for unheated cockpits, but just as good for chilly winter streets.) At 42mm wide, this wears slightly larger than the 40mm model, giving you more room for the textured silver dial and vintage-inspired numerals to really pop. Like the 40mm model, this Spirit is powered by a self-winding automatic movement with a 64-hour power reserve, meaning you can keep it in a drawer for the weekend without having to reset the time. Not that you’d want to. Much like your favourite jeans and white kicks, this is a watch that’s made to be worn every day.

Blue Dial Fake Longines Spirit Chronograph L3.820.4.93.0 Watch
Longines Spirit Chronograph L3.820.4.93.0 Replica

Chronographs – that is, watches with built-in stopwatch timers – were essential navigation tools for pilots in the days of leather hats and goggles, but their appeal hasn’t faded one bit in the smartphone era. Looking at the Longines Spirit chronograph, it’s not hard to see why. With three subdials set symmetrically around Longines’ winged hourglass logo, a blue sunray dial and a trio of mechanical pushers at 10, 2 and 4, it looks every bit like the precision instrument it is. Powering this 21st century mechanical chronograph is an appropriately modern automatic movement. It’s equipped with a silicon balance spring, an extremely thin coil that ensures constant and precise timekeeping, whether you’re at the stick at 30,000 feet or dreaming of white sandy beaches at your desk. As sturdy and functional as it is, however, the Spirit’s details – silvered sandblasted hands coated in glowing SuperLuminova, a case that’s alternately polished and sandblasted for optimal visual impact – reveal it as the finely-crafted luxury item it is. Looks, performance and style? Check, check and check. You are now ready for takeoff.