As a watch collector, it’s funny how easy it is to say you’re ready to flip or trade a watch in your collection, but when it comes time to write the listing the doubt creeps in. You take more photos than you really need to, subconsciously collecting every last memento before you send it off in the mail and cross your fingers you made the right decision.

Oh, well. Let’s get this over with.

Longines Hydroconquest Automatic

Longines Hydroconquest Automatic

Up on the chopping block is my Longines Hydroconquest Automatic 41mm that I purchased at Tourneau Time Machine in New York City on November 20, 2010. For a year after, it was my daily wear, so it accumulated a fair amount of desk diving scratches. Functionally, however, it’s just as great as the day I bought it. Please look at the full gallery at the bottom of this post to get a feel for the condition. A few notes on the condition:

  • This is the 41mm automatic model with the black dial (L36424566)
  • The watch comes with all boxes, papers and extra links (including a half-link for a perfect fit).
  • As it was my daily watch, there are signs of wear. Intentionally, I took photos to really highlight the scratches, but the watch is about 88% in terms of TZ scale. Most scratches are on the bracelet and clasp, especially on the sides of the links near the clasp because I used to be terrible at sizing bracelets.
  • Please review the photos carefully and feel free to reach out with questions.
Longines Hydroconquest Automatic

Longines Hydroconquest Automatic

Why am I selling it?

I’m in love with another watch, of course. For a couple of years, I’ve wanted a Seiko MarineMaster 300mm (SBDX001), but for some reason I was unhappy about spending $2,000 on a Seiko because it lacked the cache and certain luxuries common to Swiss Made watches in even lower price ranges (sapphire crystal, signed crown). Having finally appreciated what you do get for the money and stopped caring what anyone thinks of my watches (in ten years in NYC, I’ve only received one comment about any of my watches from a stranger, and it was from a rube on the subway asking me what watch I was wearing–it was my Speedmaster), I can’t wait to finally own a MM300, and I’m selling this watch to fund the purchase because I have only worn the Hydroconquest a couple of times in the past few years.

Seiko MarineMaster 300m SBDX001 via forums.watchuseek.com

Seiko MarineMaster 300m SBDX001 via forums.watchuseek.com

Are you interested?

Get in touch with me via the contact page. I’ll be listing it on the forums in a couple of days but wanted to offer it on my site to my readers first and share my final photos of the watch with you all.

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