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Longines Caliber L844.4

Longines Caliber L844.4

Brand Longines
Caliber Number L844.4
Base Caliber
ETA A31.411 (A31411)
Movement Type Automatic, self-winding mechanical
Lignes 11.5”’
Power Reserve ~72 hours
Lift Angle 51 degrees (unconfirmed!)
Beat Rate/Frequency
25,200 vph, 3.5Hz
Balance Spring
Monocrystalline silicon
Shock System Nivashock
Rotor Ball bearing system
Rotor Winding Direction Bi-directional
Manual Winding Direction
Features Central hours; central minutes; central sweeping seconds; central GMT hand; date at 6:00
Hacking Seconds?
Country of Manufacture Switzerland, Swiss made
Known Models Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39 (Refs: L3.802.4.53.2, L3.802.4.53.6, L3.802.4.63.2, L3.802.4.63.6, L3.802.4.93.2, L3.802.4.93.6), Longines Spirit Zulu Time 42 (Refs: L3.812.4.53.2, L3.812.4.53.6, L3.812.4.63.2, L3.812.4.63.6, L3.812.4.93.2, L3.812.4.93.6), Longines Master Collection GMT  (Add your watch in the comments below…)

The Longines caliber L844.4 is 4-hand automatic GMT watch movement based on the ETA caliber A31.411. It is a Swiss made with 21 jewels, produced by ETA (Swatch Group).

GMT Complication:

Watches with the L844.4 are considered to be “true” GMT or “traveler’s” GMT thanks to its independently adjustable 12 hour hand – allowing for quick adjustment of time zones while maintaining your home time with the GMT hand.

ETA for Longines:

You may see some of the watch blogs and reviewers taut this movement as an ETA based movement “made exclusively” for Longines. That may be true (for now), but keep in mind that it’s just a fancy marketing way of dealing with the fact that ETA and Longines are both part of the Swatch Group conglomerate of watch companies, and the movements made by the ETA division are technically not “in-house”. For some unsuspecting enthusiasts, marketing jargon such as “exclusive” might have a similar effect as “in-house”. It’s not good or bad one way or the other, but it’s interesting to see the way brands handle marketing, and even more so the way some blogs handle the way they present a brand’s product to the market.

Caliber number location:

The L844.4 has the Longines caliber designation on the rotor and the ETA base movement engraving under the balance wheel. This movement is also marked with “V8” which you can learn more about here.

Longines Calibre L844.4 VS L844.5:

There is a similar caliber L844.5 that was announced in August 2023 as part of the new Longines Hydroconquest GMT models.

Both calibers have 21 jewels, GMT complication with independent hour hand setting, beat rate of 25,200bph, 72 hours of runtime and the silicon hairspring.

The main difference between the two movements seems to be that the L844.5 is not a chronometer spec movement certified by COSC. If there is anything else that was missed here, please add it to the comments below…

Video Instruction Manual:

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12 days ago

The only difference between the Zulu Time release and the Hydroconquest GMT release was that Longines state 600Gauss magnetic resistance for the Hydroconquest but not for the earlier Zulu Time release. So I wonder if there is more to it than just the COSC certification and they have a few more non-magnetic parts that some articles mention without being too specific.

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