As we are already used to when it comes to the pieces from the Longines Heeitage series, the newcomer from the Saint-Imier workshops is yet another revived classic model. The latest novelty called Longines Heritage Diver Chrono recreates a successful diving watch from the 1970s and almost entirely replicates its appearance, namely its cushion-shaped steel casing which encloses an automatic mechanical chronograph movement. Moreover, new Heritage Diver Chrono has the same respectable waterproofness of 300 meters and a similar arrangement of accents and details on its black dial as the model it is based upon. It costs $3,750.
Longines has an admirable tradition when it comes to the creation of watches that are meant to tackle deep waters. For example, during the 1950s Longines created timekeepers for Bathyscaphe Trieste which later on set the record in underwater exploration when it reached the amazing depths of nearly 36,000 feet. The latest model which the Swiss brand is now reintroducing in its offer actually came a bit later, during the 1970s. Just like the novel one, the archetype model was placed inside a cushion-like stainless steel casing whose built secures water resistance to 300 meters. The screw-down rear side of new Heritage Diver Chrono is made from solid metal and it features an engraving of a diver which is another nod to the Longines diving watches of yesteryears. As it should be expected for a model with such high water resistance, its crown is screw-in.
There is another diving feature supported on the watch which includes a tad unusual solution. Most of the watches that are intended for underwater use feature a turnable bezel. This one, on the other hand, has its bezel fixed. However, it does the same thing in a slightly different manner sine it comes with a flange that can be rotated in both directions. When it comes to the construction of the case, we should also say that the watch includes a scratch resistant sapphire crystal with multiple layers glare-proof coating on the inner side, as it is quite common for Longines timekeepers.
The color scheme of the dial of the timepiece with the reference number L2.7126.96.36.199 features a black basis with satin-finish and semi-glossy appearance. The blackness of the basis is supplemented with several red accents on the dial (to be precise, its diving flange and seconds hand are red) and two chrono sub-counters in silver color. Two chrono indications at three and nine o’clock positions are used for small seconds and 30-minutes, respectively. There is also a date display aperture on the bottom of the face. The combination of the colors makes the watch appear colorful and sporty. Its visibility is enhanced with the addition of SuperLuminova coating on its applied hour markers and silver-polished hands.
Inside the cushion-shaped of Longines Heritage Diver Chrono lies self-winding mechanical L651 caliber (ETA 2892-2). It operates at the rate of 4 Hz and has a supported power reserve of 42 hours. The latest historic recreation by Longines is coupled with a black rubber strap which locks with a double security folding clasp and has an integrated diving extension that facilitates its use over a diving suit.
Three-Hand Cousin – Longines Heritage Diver
Along with the chronograph model, Longines is also launching a very similar three-hand diving model. It is almost exactly the same as the first model with the omission of the chrono function. Other slight notable slight differences are the coloring on the rotating diving flange, a minute hand in red color (instead of the second hand) and a black attachment made of synthetic which locks with a buckle. Three-handed Longines Heritage Diver features automatic caliber L633 which is also ETA produced, (in this case it is ETA 2824-2 caliber). The watch with the reference number L2.795.52.0 has a slightly shorter power storage of 38 hours) and the price of $2,550.