Product: Legend Diver 42MM PVD Automatic
Building on its rich history, Longines has chosen to revisit some of the historic timepieces upon which its reputation is founded. An iconic watch in the Swiss watchmaker’s Heritage line, The Longines Legend Diver Watch is the Swiss watchmaker's faithfully reimagined and reissued 1960s diving watch. Maintaining the style codes and design elements typical of the era, Longines has applied modern expertise to this contemporary edition of a classic timepiece, pulled from its vaults in Saint-Imier, to guarantee legibility, water-resistance and practicality. Longines presents this new version with black PVD coating that combines a modern look with traditional elegance and performance. The much-anticipated Legend Diver 42mm PVD Automatic model will arrive in U.S. stores in fall 2019.
Longines has long been associated with the high-profile adventures of pioneers in their quest to push their limitations, especially when it comes to discovering the undersea world. The Longines Legend Diver Watch, a reimagination of a diving watch from the 1960s – the heyday of undersea exploration and military and sports diving – remains true to the bold styling that made the original timepiece such a great success. The Swiss watchmaker is now offering a black version that is emblematic of the combination of sports and elegance and that integrates the exclusive L888 caliber.
The lines of the original watch have been preserved, including the boxed glass and the bidirectional internal turning diving bezel, which serve as reminders of the technical limitations of the era. While upholding the 1960s spirit of this legendary timepiece, Longines has also equipped it with contemporary and high-performance technical characteristics, including a black PVD coating for a resolutely modern design, a sapphire crystal, two crowns and a screw-down back to guarantee water-resistance to 30 bar. The bezel is activated and stopped by the crown located at 2 o’clock, allowing the wearer to determine the remaining dive time.
The indexes, numerals, and hands, adorned with Super LumiNova®, pop from the black lacquered dial for optimum legibility, which is further enhanced by the plain, clean typeface used for the numerals 6, 9 and 12. The steel case is coated with a 42 mm layer of black PVD, and contains an automatic mechanical movement that is exclusive to Longines, with the illustration of a diver engraved on the screw-down back. A Milanese-style black rubber strap equipped with a folding titanium clasp treated with black PVD and an integrated diving extension complete this timepiece.
Why should this product be considered?
With over 185 years of continuous watchmaking history, and as one of the world's top 3 watchmakers, Longines has solidified its reputation as the pre-eminent watchmaker of historic reproductions and heritage timepieces. Each year, the brand selects a few very special pieces from its vaults or even sourced from collectors to reissue and reimagine for its Heritage Collection. With fascinating back stories, authentic heritage, elegant appeal, and deftly executed reproductions, The Longines Heritage Collection has become the darling of watch lovers everywhere. Within the Heritage Collection, the best-selling model to-date has been the Legend Diver. The new black PVD retains the 60s design codes and modern functionality while adding an edge with its black PVD treatment and unique rubber band, which replicates the distinctive texture of the Legend Diver's Milanese style bracelet in black rubber. We feel that this classic Longines model's widespread appeal, sleek and subtly updated for 2019, makes it a great candidate for design award consideration.