By TLex For those that can’t get enough of re-editions, here’s another beautiful reproduction that remains faithful to the original while making one or two technical updates, and it shouldn’t break the bank either. I also think it's a much better looking watch than last year’s Heritage Diver AUTO & CHRONO models were, don't you think?!
Longines continues to explore its rich watchmaking history with an elegant new heritage model called the Heritage Diver 1967. With literally decades of diving heritage to draw upon, Longines newest divers model takes us back to the 60s, when scuba diving was still very much in its hay day. For reference, Longines produced the very first ever divers watch, known as the Longines Royal Navy watch from 1943.
With a design that dates back to 1967, the year that the original model was first produced (which btw currently resides in the Longines museum in Saint-Imier), the new Heritage Diver’s most prominent feature is its graduated divers bezel with its Bordeaux-red aluminum inlay, which contrasts so perfectly with its black opaline dial and silver-colored hour-markers.
As well as a timing bezel, the watch is also equipped with a tachymeter function, which can be read from the scale of the internal ring. It is used to calculate the speed of the diver: the chronograph must be triggered at the starting point and stopped once the distance of 1km is completed. Then the hand will indicate the divers average speed.
The Longines Heritage Diver 1967’s 42mm Stainless steel case houses an automatic L688.2 (ETA A08.231) chronograph movement that features a completely original design, reflecting the model that inspired it.
In keeping with the divers theme, the hands and hour markers are coated in SuperLumiNova while the caseback and crown are both screwed to ensure water resistance of up to 30 bar, the equivalent of 300 meters.
The watches are fitted with either, a Stainless steel bracelet, a black leather band or rubber divers strap. An engraving of a diver adorns the caseback as a reminder of the first divers watches produced by Longines.