Longines launches upgraded Legend Diver watch
The classic 1959 model has been reworked in a new size and cool colourways
With its two crowns and internal rotating bezel, the new Longines Legend Diver will be immediately recognisable to those who know the original 1959 model. The brand introduced its first civilian diver’s watch in 1958, with the original Legend Diver in 1959 coming in a 42mm case. This new version though has been somewhat downsized in scale, with a 39 mm diameter case which bears many of the hallmarks of the original but with some savvy updates. The new version for instance comes with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides.
The colours too have been more modernised to align with current cooler tones with the tool watch now available in a black or blue dial. Certified as a Divers' Watch with a water resistance of up to 30 bar/300 metres, the model is driven by an exclusive Longines L888.6 calibre resistant to magnetic fields and equipped with a silicon balance spring with a power reserve of up to 72 hours. The entire watch is chronometer-certified by COSC.
The hours are marked by elongated indexes and raised luminescent Arabic numerals. The rhodium-plated and polished arrow hands are coated with Super LumiNova®, giving them extra visibility even in the murkiest of waters. The collection's symbol, a diver, is stamped on the watch's screw-down case back.
Straps vary between stainless steel and leather option while a double-safety folding clasp has an integrated diving extension for fitting over suits.
The Longines Legend Diver comes in four variations of strap with blue and black dials. Price is €3,650, available from Weir & Sons and longines.com