The 2014 Longines Heritage Diver
Longines announced the re-issue of two diver’s pieces from the 1970s — one with three hands and the other is a chronograph.
Just as the original models, their cushion-shaped brushed stainless steel case has a diameter or 43 mm and it is water-resistant to 300 m. The black, satin finished dial looks fantastic with the red highlights and the Super-Luminova coating.
We’re told that the case back is engraved with the figure of a diver, alluding to the first diver’s watches produced by Longines.
The three hands model differs from the chronograph with one red hand and red minute zone. The graduated scale from 0 up to 60 enables the diver to calculate how long he or she has been underwater by synchronizing the 12 o’clock hour symbol with the minute hand. The inner flange is activated using the crown at 2 o’clock.
The chronograph version boasts the same colour scheme, but in contrast the graduated scale on the flange goes from 60 down to 0. This enables the diver to calculate the remaining time, for example to allow for decompression when returning to the surface, by synchronizing a given point with the minute hand.
They’ll come on a black synthetic or rubber strap.
The chronograph is already available in Canada and retails for $3,550 CAD. We’ll get back to you later with the price for the three hands model.
Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph — Reference number L2.796.4.52.x
Self-winding mechanical movement with chronograph mechanism
Calibre L651.3 (ETA 2894-2)
12½ lines, 37 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
42-hour power reserve
Hours, minutes, seconds and date at 6 o’clock
60-second counter at 3 o’clock
30-minute counter at 9 o’clock
Cushion-shaped, Ø 43 mm, steel
Screw-in bezel, case back and crown
Scratch-resistant sapphire glass coated with several anti-reflection layers
To 30 bar (300 meters)
Black satin-finish, 9 applied hour symbols coated with Super-LumiNova®
Bidirectional rotating inner flange, graduated from 60 to 0 with minute zones indicated in red
Rhodium-plated and red (seconds), hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova®
Black synthetic strap with small diving buckle
Black rubber strap with diving folding clasp
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