The Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm is perfectly sized


The Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm is perfectly sized


Longines introduces the Spirit Zulu Time in a smaller 39mm case, along with a new two-tone variant featuring a luxurious color combination of gold and brown.
Having introduced the dual-time zone Spirit Zulu Time in a 42mm case last year, we now get its smaller counterpart, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm. Similar to last year’s release, the Zulu Time 39mm comes in three steel versions with accents available in blue, black, or green. Additionally, a fourth version has been unveiled, featuring an 18k yellow gold bezel accompanied by a ceramic bezel insert in dark brown.

The Low-Down

For those seeking a sporty and durable GMT watch, the original Spirit Zulu Time 42mm offers excellent value for the price. For the price, it provides a comprehensive package, including a reliable GMT movement with three days of power reserve, a beautifully finished case and dial, and a ceramic bezel insert that enhances its overall look. These specifications are highly desirable in a GMT watch, making the Zulu Time unparalleled in terms of value within its category.

The case is beautifully constructed with sharp facets at the end of the lugs and precisely finished with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces. The quality of the case speaks volumes about Longines’ value for money.

However, some watch enthusiasts, particularly those with a retro taste, find the 42mm case size too large. In response, they have unveiled a 39mm model that addresses this demand. With its versatile size, the 39mm version of the Spirit Zulu Time is perhaps the perfect fit for a variety of wrist sizes, personal preferences, and occasion. The only downside in terms of size is its thickness, which measures a substantial 13.5mm. However, this can be forgiven considering its nature as a GMT watch and its sporty design with a rotating bezel.
Similar to its larger counterparts, the new Zulu Time 39mm showcases a host of notable details, both inside and outside the case. Starting with the dial, the Zulu Time 39mm features an applied logo, star-shaped emblems, and hour markers that add depth to its appearance. In fact, the dial subtly consists of two levels, as seen in the sunken diamond-shaped markers positioned at every five minutes, where the two levels meet. These details contribute to its intricate design, making it one of the more elaborate dials available at its price point, though some may argue for a touch of restraint regarding the level of details. Paired with the domed sapphire crystal that allows light to easily shine through, the result is an attractive dial with a brilliant, high-end look.

Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39 mm

In addition to the original three color combinations introduced last year—blue, black, and green—the Zulu Time 39mm now also comes in a new two-tone variation. This latest version offers a more upscale appeal, featuring a solid 18k yellow gold bezel and crown, paired with a distinctive dark brown ceramic bezel insert. The result is a watch with a rich and warm appearance that enhances the elegance of the sporty pilot’s design, making it even more versatile for both formal and casual occasions.
Inside the watch is the brand’s L844.4 movement, the same movement found in its larger counterparts. That means it retains all the good features, including the independently adjustable hour hand, silicon hairspring for improved magnetism resistance, and a reassuring 72-hour running time.


The newest Spirit Zulu Time offers an amiable package that includes everything you would expect from a premium GMT watch: a reliable workhorse movement, a beautifully finished case and dial, and a sleek ceramic bezel insert. What’s more, it now comes in a more wrist-friendly case size of just 39 mm, all for just around USD 3,000, making it hard to find a competitor in this price range.

Tech Specs

Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm

Movement: L844.4; automatic; 72 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT, and date
Case: 39 x 13.5 mm; steel; water resistant to 100 m
Strap: Leather strap, NATO strap (two-tone version only), or steel bracelet