Longines Legend Diver, the underwater chamaleon

One of Longines icon watches is the Legend Diver, a must have piece for a diver type watchlover. This watch was first manufactured in 1965 and it was one of the first that had an internal turning bezel, the one used for measuring the time spent underwater, instead of having it in the outside.

In 2007, during the BaselWorld fair, Longines announced the re-edition of this iconic piece.  The new version had a round stainless steel case with a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside, to allow perfect readability. It was water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meter), which is not very much for a diver watch, but more than enough for me because I rarely get them in touch with the water, and the black lacquered dial had the indexes and silvered hands convered with green luminova. 

It carried the L633 self-winding mechanical movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and providing 38 hours of power reserve. You can check the detailed charactersitics in the LD page of the Longines on-line catalogue.

When I found out about this watch, there were 3 things that decided me to buy it:

  • the design is exactly the same as the original model , except for the date, that made it even better for me because the “datarium” is something I consider a must
  • the dial is very clean, therefor the watch appears to be bigger than it’s 42mm width.
  • it’s  very versatile, only changing the strap you put it with, the watch goes from classic, to sporty, to trendy, to xxx (you name it). That’s why I call it “the chameleon” because you can wear with a jacket+tie or with jeans or with a bathing suit in the beach.

I leave you a couple of examples in the post, some mine and some from friends on the web, so you can see all the posible flavours and let you judge by yourselves:

      

This is one of the pieces I’m more proud of and, for sure, one that will stay with me a lot of time. My favorite combination is with the black and beige nato stratp. What do you think about the watch? And about the straps?

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A watch for each time

At first sight, you could say that all watches are the same and maybe you’re right….”they show you what time is it ¿no?”.  But if you pay a closer atention to them and give a second look, it’s possible to identify many differences between them. Those differences are the ones that determine the type of watch you’re looking at.

Special jobs or activities require certain features within a watch, and because of that, form what I’ve read you can group the types of watches into five big categories:

DIVERS: specially designed to be used underwater. Main characteristics: water resistant, strong lumen to be seen in the darkness, special bezel to track the diving time and encarved drawing in the backside of the case. Maybe the two most famous ones, are the Rolex Sea Dweller Deep Sea (picture) or the Omega Seamaster, mainly for their appearance in the James Bond Movies, but that’s another story.

FLIGERS: specially designed to be used by pilots. Main characteristics: big clear dial, strong lumen to be seen in the darkness, long spades and a triangle instead of the 12 number. They got very famous after world war II. One of the clearest example is the IWC Mark XVI.

CHRONOGRAPHS: specially designed for exact time measuring. Main characteristics: 2 o 3 subdials for the tracking of seconds, minutes and hours (if they have a 3rd subdia), a  bezel with tachymeter for speed calculation and long thin spades. Some divers and fliger watches also include the chrono functionalities, but the “pure blood” are only chrono. 

Perfect example, are the famous “first watch on the moon”, the Omega Speedmaster (picture) or the Rolex Daytona.

WORLD TIME: specially designed for following the time, at least, 2 different time zones. This feature is also included in some of the other types to enhance their usage as timekeepers. Main characteristics are additional spade for the second time zone (called “GMT”) and numbered dial between 1 and 24. Maybe it`s not a very well known one, but the PAM63 (picture) is a good example.

COMPLICATIONS: this is how special features or complex manufactured elements on an automatic or hand-whelled watch are called. Many elements are included in this category like: the power reserve indicator, moonphase indicator, perpetual calendar or the most amazing one, that is the tourbillon. I don’t know how to explain it easily so I show you a video of a tourbillon at work and the definition in the wikipedia.

I personally have reduced this categorization to two types: 
– formal, watches I wear with a suit 
– informal, watches I wear when dressing casual. 

I believe that there’s a watch for each ocasion and I take my time, every day, to decide which one to choose depending on what I’m going to do and how I going to dress. In future posts I will introduce you to them but in the meantime let me ask you:

– Do you always wear the same watch?
– Did you know about the different types of watches?
– Do you have your own categorization?

!!Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!