Introducing the Longines Spirit with Green Dial

The newest release from Longines isn’t really new, but it is a pleasant twist to an already popular line. The Longines Spirit is a modern take on a classically styled pilot’s watch. Already available with dials in black, silver and blue, Longines is adding a nice emerald green to the lineup.

The Spirit’s stainless steel case comes in two sizes, 40mm and 42mm. The Spirit is definitely more robust than your traditional pilot’s watch (see Zach’s review here), with nice thick lugs that have sharp, polished chamfers and a broad smooth bezel to match. One of my favorite features is the oversized, deeply knurled crown that screws down. This of course harkens back to the day when pilots had to wear thick gloves when flying and needed a large crown so they could grip it. Today the gloves won’t be necessary unless you’re in a dog fight with the Red Baron in your open cockpit bi-wing, but it is a staple of the classic pilot’s watch and a nice touch.


The dial for this new model is a beautiful sandblasted emerald green with applied Arabic numerals filled with faux patina Super-LumiNova. I know that the tinted lume is either a love it or hate it thing for people, but I like it and it really works with the green here. The sword hands are also lume filled, and the second hand has a lume filled red tip. All together this design makes for easy reading of the time, which is the point. There’s a frame-less date window at three, which isn’t too obtrusive, but if it were up to me I’d have left the date out altogether. The classic Longines winged hourglass logo and the five stars on the dial are applied steel, which looks great in my opinion.

The Spirit is powered by the self-winding 21 jewel Longines caliber L888.4, which is a COSC certified Chronometer. It has a silicon balance spring and a healthy power reserve of 72 hours. Not only do you have the choice of 40mm or 42mm size, there is the option for an old school looking beige leather strap or a steel bracelet. Longines has a long history of supplying watches to adventurers, and the Spirit continues that tradition with style. Longines

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Christoph (Instagram’s @vintagediver) is a long time collector and lover of all things vintage, starting with comic books when he was a kid (he still collects them). His passion for watches began in 1997 when he was gifted a family heirloom vintage Omega Genève by his step-father. That started him on the watch collecting path—buying and selling vintage watches of all sorts, with a special appreciation for vintage dive watches and Seiko.