Longines Legend Diver

written by YWH team 14 August 2017
Longines Legend Diver L3.674.4.50
Quick specs Longines Legend Diver
Price: starting at € 1.870 | approx. $ 2,210 | approx. £ 1,700
Size: 42 mm
Reference: L3.674.4.50.0 (Cowhide) | L3.674.4.50.6 (Steel) | L3.674.4.50.9 (Rubber)
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Longines has quite a long tradition in making divers, which started in the late 1950s with the Nautilus Skin Diver. The Swiss brand also has the Longines Legend Diver Watch, a diving watch with a nice mix of heritage and modern watch making. This model was already introduced in 2007 and now the have updated it with… a new bracelet! It is now available with a Milanese mesh bracelet. Yes, it is summertime in Switzerland.

Still, let’s take a look at this Longines Legend Diver, which is a reissue of a diving watch from the 1960s. So we took a dive (hah!) in Longines’ past to find out where this Longines Legend Diver Watch comes from.

The Longines Legend Diver still has the inner rotating bezel

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After the Longines Nautilus Skin Diver in the 1950s, Longines launched the Longines Diver with reference 7042. That was in the early 1960s and it has a so called Super Compressor case. The Swiss case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez S.A. (or EPSA) designed a patented case sealing method in the 1950s that becomes more water tight the deeper a watch goes. Deeper means more pressure that applies to the case back. The principle was used until the 1970s, so you find them on many vintage divers.

The Longines Diver reference 7042 also features an internal turning diving bezel, operated by the upper crown. After the Reference 7042 more models followed, like the very interesting Longines Diver reference 7150-1 that was produced between 1961 and 1962. Look at these vintage pieces and you know where the inspiration for the Longines Legend Diver comes from. Hands, indices, the layout of the dial and of course, the domed crystal and the internal bezel. And the Legend Diver has a date indication.

The good thing about the Longines Legend Diver watches are the looks. But the best thing is the price. It’s hard to find a vintage looking diver with this presence and these specs for around 2k. Maybe this Tudor or this Oris. We would go for the Longines. And if you take a look at your favorite vintage watch market place you will find this Legend Diver for under 2k.

technical data Longines Legend Diver
L3.674.4.50.0 (Cowhide) | L3.674.4.50.6 (Steel) | L3.674.4.50.9 (Rubber)
Longines L633 (base ETA 2824-2) | Automatic | Diameter: 11½ lignes | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 25 | Hours, minutes, seconds | Power-reserve: 38 hours
Case & dial:
42 mm | Stainless steel | Internal turning diving bezel | Domed crystal | Screw-down case back with embossed diver symbol | Two screw-in crowns | Black lacquered dial | Indices coated with super-luminova | Polished rhodium-plated hands with super-luminova | Water-resistance: 30 ATM / 30 bar / 300 meters / 990 feet
Black matte cowhide with diving buckle or black rubber with double security folding clasp and integrated diving extension or steel Milanese mesh with double security folding clasp and integrated diving extension
Price Longines Legend Diver:
Starting at € 1.870 | approx. $ 2,210 | approx. £ 1,700

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