This is the NEW Longines Heritage Skin Diver, a fitting tribute to one of the Swiss brand’s earliest dive watches (not the earliest, that accolade goes to the HS Watch), known as the Nautilus Skin Diver from the late 1950s.

For 2018, Longines have kinda’ updated the watch for the modern era; it’s not exactly cutting edge but then again if it was it would likely have lost some of its charm.

Interestingly the Skin Diver has generous 42mm diameter rather than being on-trend with a 40mm or below case size. 42mm is the optimum size in my opinion.

The Skin Diver is characterized by its solid black diver’s bezel. This was originally made from an early form of plastic such as Bakelite, but in this instance it has been upgraded to PVD coated Stainless steel.

Perhaps DLC would have been a better choice but it makes sense seeing as the Legend Diver BLACK also uses PVD. The bezel is a unidirectional type with a highly pronounced serrated-edge as per the Nautilus.

The dial remains pretty much faithful to the original watch – nothing has really changed from what I can see. We have of course modern SLN used for the hands and markers. I love the simplicity of the dial.

Unlike so many other tribute watches that have been based on early historical divers, the Skin Diver actually lives up to its name with a proper 300 meters of water-resistance and a multi-layered AR-treated Sapphire crystal.

It also has a screw-down case-back and crown. The case-back features a skin diver with a spear in hand along with the words ‘’ The Longines Skin Diver Watch’’.

Powering the Heritage Skin Diver is a Longines Caliber 619/888 with 28,000 vph and 64hrs of power-reserve.

The Heritage Skin Diver has an MSRP of circa 2775USD. It is available with three different looks. Ref. L2.822.4.45.2 comes on a vintage style brown leather strap.

Ref. L2.822.4.45.6 comes on a Stainless steel Milanese shark mesh bracelet while Ref. L2.822.4.45.9 is equipped with an old school tropic-style rubber diver’s strap.

Thoughts? It’s a little more expensive than I thought it would be. Love the size, but purists will likely wish it was 40mm as per the original. What do you think???


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