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?