In 2017 we saw Longines reissue their “Legend Diver” model in a contemporary edition, featuring modern details that enhanced its reliability. This classic watch from their back catalog was originally introduced in the 1960’s. Now this model line is being expanded with the addition of two new color schemes, while preserving all the other main characteristics of this modern take on a vintage timepiece.The 42mm compressor case is made of stainless-steel with an overall polished finish, while mounted to the case is a thin narrow steel bezel. On the domed steel screw-down case back is the engraving of a “diver holding a spear”. It comes equipped with two large screw-down crowns adorned with a grid pattern on the right-side of the case. The upper crown at the 2 o’clock position serves to move the internal bidirectional rotating disc; while the lower crown is used for setting and winding the mechanical movement. These oversized crowns differ from the original vintage models circa 1960’s and 70’s that directly inspired this timepiece.Just as seen on previous editions of the “Legend Diver” this latest release also features its characteristic long lugs, which provide a comfortable wrist fit and a larger overall presence.All topped by an ultra-domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside. Water-resistance on these watches can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).Time is exhibited on either a blue or brown dial with stencil style Arabic numerals for the: 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions, while also providing thick rectangular hour index markers all around. Also accompanied by smaller rectangular and dotted minute index markers and larger Arabic numerals for the: 15, 30 and 45 minute positions.For many the grand appeal of this watch resides precisely in this vintage inspired design. A true classic that seems slightly revived with these new color options, which will undoubtedly widen its appeal to more horology enthusiasts. All in all a simple dial to read, even with the inclusion of an internal bezel, thanks in part to the differentiating font style for each section of the numerals. Beside these elements we also find the brand and hourglass logo under the 12 o’clock position, while the lower-half includes the ‘Automatic’ inscription with cursive text. The arrowhead silvered polished hands, Arabic numerals, plus index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Longines Legend Diver
This “Longines Legend Diver” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L888.5 with 21 jewels and 25,200 vph. It’s based on the original ETA A31.L11 mechanical movement and comes equipped with a silicon balance spring. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 64 hours, when fully wound.Unlike the unique stainless-steel Milanese loop bracelet seen on some of their previous editions, these 2021 models come mounted to leather straps. The brown dial version used a weathered vintage-style brown leather strap, while the blue dial version is on a blue structured leather strap; both of which are secured by a steel pin buckle. For more information visit the official Longines website here.