The partnership between Longines and the Commonwealth Games dates back to 1962, which continued in the years 2014 (Glasgow) and 2018 (Gold Coast) as well. With the signing of a new deal with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in 2020, the Swiss luxury watchmaker got the exclusive status as the ‘Inaugural Partner of the Commonwealth Sport Movement’, making it official partner and timekeeper for Birmingham 2022, and for the 2026 and 2030 Commonwealth Games editions. And as the momentum towards the games amps up, Longines had unveiled the HydroConquest XXII Commonwealth Games watch.
For the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games, Longines has unveiled a new timepiece, HydroConquest XXII Commonwealth Games, limited to 2022 pieces. This 41mm (Ref L3.7184.108.40.206) steel dive watch displays the array of the Commonwealth Games’ colours on the minute-track of its black sunray dial, same as the unidirectional rotating bezel featuring a ceramic insert. The case features a screw-fastened caseback and crown, while the dial uses dot hour markers with accompanying 12, 6, 9 Arabic numerals and hands that are coated with Super-LumiNova®; there is a date aperture at 3 o’clock. The glass is made of sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides. The watch has a water resistance of 300 metres. The caseback has an engraving of the event logo and 'Limited Edition', with the individual number featuring on it as well.
The watch is powered by a calibre L888 (ETA A31.L11) mechanical self-winding movement, which has a power reserve of up to 72 hours, and a 3.5Hz frequency.
The watch comes in a stainless steel bracelet with double security folding clasp and integrated diving extension. For its properties, improved precision and longevity of movement, this watch comes with a 5-year warranty.
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