So it seems that I blinked and somehow ten years have passed since Longines released their hugely successful Legend Diver 1960s reissue. Such was its popularity that for those around at the time will have probably have memories of either knowing someone who got one or knowing of someone who did, and of engaging in ‘date’ or ‘no date’ discussion about the two variants.
A decade later, and with the Legend Diver still looking fresh and attractive, Longines have decided to mark this anniversary with a retro Milanese mesh bracelet addition, which means that it is now available with three strap/ bracelet options, the others being rubber and cowhide.
Underneath the domed sapphire crystal is the familiar black lacquered dial, with indices and the polished rhodium-plated hands coated with Super-LumiNova. The internal divers bezel is bi-directional and operated by a screw-down crown.
Inside the 42mm stainless steel compressor case of the Legend Diver is the automatic Calibre L633 (ETA 2824/2) with a power reserve of 38 hours. The case is water resistant to 30bar (300m).
The Milanese bracelet with its folding clasp and integrated diving extension (also a feature of the rubber strap) may not be what one usually associates with a diving watch, but it’s of the period from whence the Legend Diver originated, and makes for an interesting new option. Next up, a no-date version with a Milanese, perhaps?
The Australian RRP for the Longines Legend Diver is $3,125.
[Photo credit : Longines]