2021 has been the year of green-colored watches with dial colors ranging from olive to pine and every shade of green in between. We saw Patek Philippe draw quite an attention with the release of the stainless steel Nautilus in Green. It was followed by the simultaneous releases of green versions of the most iconic watches from brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Breitling, to name a few.
The last time a similar aesthetic trend dominated the watchmaking industry was when blue dials became a standard color, joining the ranks of gray, black, and white. Fast forward to the present, Swiss luxury brands have been attempting to replicate this success by introducing a range of dial colors and kickstarting a new movement. However, no other color seemed to have stuck like green.
Longines Adds to the Flood of Green Watches
Longines is relatively one of the latest brands to join the green dial movement. In May, the Swiss luxury brand refreshed its Spirit pilot’s watch line with a saturated olive green dial, which is in addition to the classic black, silver, and blue Longines Watches.
The update primarily concerns the color, but also the dial’s finishing. Whereas the previous versions sport either matte, sunray-brushed, or grained finish, the green version has a sandblasted dial that delivers an impressive metallic sheen. It has a retro vibe which is further emphasized by the light beige color of the Super-Luminova.
Aside from the color and finishing, the rest of the dial looks the same as the previous versions: the Arabic applied numerals, the sandblasted silver hands, applied logo and stars, and the raised minute track with a polished metal edge. There’s also the signature date window at 3 o’clock against a white background.
The case is available in either 40mm or 42mm and is enclosed by a domed sapphire crystal glass. It is still powered by the in-house-made Calibre L888.4 self-winding movement that comes equipped with interesting features like a COSC-certified chronometer, 72-hour power reserve, and an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring.
The Longines Spirit Green Dial models are shipped either on a beige leather strap that ends with a pin buckle or a three-link stainless steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp. Meanwhile, check out some other green dial watches from Longines.
Other Green Longines Watches to Love
Heritage Legend Diver Green Dial Bronze Titanium L37741502
The Longines Heritage is the perfect balance between the brand’s original aesthetics and the most modern watchmaking techniques. Except for its green dial, this Heritage Legend Diver isn’t much different than the other models from the line. The dial features the same Arabic numerals and luminous hands, all housed in a 42mm bronze and titanium case, and presented in a leather bracelet. It runs on the in-house Caliber L888 automatic movement with 300 meters of water resistance.
HydroConquest Automatic Green Dial L37824066
The Hydroquest is the brand’s modern diver’s watch line that was first introduced in 2007 in the form of color-coordinated dials and ceramic bezels. In 2018, it was redesigned and among the updates included this automatic green dial that provides a contrasting background to the black hands. It features a 43mm stainless steel case in a matching steel bracelet with 300 meters of water resistance. It is powered by the same Calibre L888 automatic movement with an impressive 64-hr power reserve.
HydroConquest Automatic Green Matt Dial L37824069
Under the HydroConquest collection, you’ll also find one with a green matte dial that is presented in a color-matching rubber strap. It combines functionality and elegance, something that you wouldn’t usually find in a diver’s watch. Other features include Arabic numeral indexes, snowflake hands, 43mm stainless steel case, 300m water resistance, and the Calibre L619/888 automatic movement with 64 hours of power reserve.
If these green watches aren’t any indication, Longines just knows how to rock the color. While they are merely an aesthetic update based on the brand’s most iconic watches, you are guaranteed that each is manufactured with the same level of skills, expertise, and engineering that went into any other Longines watches.
Why Green Dial Watches Are Here to Stay
From olive to mint and forest, the green wave continues to sweep through the world of luxury watchmaking and it’s likely here to stay for good. As watchmakers move away from conventions and break free from the long history of dark colors, we see a significant presence of attractive watches in lighter and more cheerful verdant colors.
We see more shades of green than any other color and we think that it’s because of its association with growth, renewal, and sustainability—words that we have been encountering more these days in light of the pandemic.
While green dials aren’t entirely new, the industry’s ability to produce some head-turners this year has renewed a sense of interest in these watches.
What are your thoughts about green dial watches? Will they likely stay for good? Let us know by leaving a comment.