By Jovan Krstevski

 

Longines pays tribute to the watches intended for use by divers produced in the 1970s, with their new The Longines Heritage Diver line. The collection consist of  two versions – one with three hands and the other a chronograph. The cushion-shaped steel case comes in the same size as the original model and is water-resistant to 300 metres.

The black, satin-finish dial combines red highlights and details coated with Super-LumiNova, recalling the characteristic design of the original model. Both versions feature a bidirectional rotating inner bezel. Like the original 70s models, the two new models have a diameter of 43 mm. The case back, crown and bezel are screwed in, to ensure water-resistance to 300 metres. The cushion-shaped steel case is satin-brushed on the upper surface and is polished on the sides. The case back is engraved with the figure of a diver, a tribute to the first diving watches produced by Longines.

The model with 3 hands is set off by the black dial, one red hand and red minute zones, touches of Super-LumiNova coating and grey rhodium plating. The graduated scale from 0 up to 60 is designed to calculate how long the diver has been underwater by synchronising the 12 o’clock hour marker with the minute hand. The inner bezel is activated using the crown at 2 o’clock. The chronograph version boasts the same colour scheme, but the graduated scale on the bezel goes from 60 down to 0. This enables the diver to calculate the remaining time, for example to allow for decompression when returning to the surface, by synchronising a given point with the minute hand. 

The Heritage Diver three-hand houses the automatic movement Calibre L633.5 (based on the  ETA 2824-2), and the Diver Chronograph has a Longines Caliber L651.3 (based on the  ETA 2894-2) column-wheel automatic chronograph movement, both comes with a 38-hour power reserve.

The new The Longines Heritage Diver watches are fitted on a black synthetic or rubber strap. The price for the Longines Heritage Diver three-hand will land on US$2,550 while the chronograph version will retail for US$3,750. For more info, please visit longines.com

 

Jovan

Jovan Krstevski – Founder, Owner & Executive Editor

Watch collector, aficionado and a Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’  His passion jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications.

P.S: He is also a huge fan of The Man of Steel/Superman.