A Week On The Wrist: The Longines Legend Diver
The vintage Longines Diver reference 7042.
It is in light of these contemplations that I got the Longines Legend Diver and chosen to allow it a Week On The Wrist. Thus I did, yet with a curve: I wished to go past the shallow inquiry of likeness with the vintage model, and make this Longines face all the unpleasantness it was engineered to withstand. In this manner, I wore it for seven entire days adrift, where it got something reasonable of salt water and sun – with a little gathering of companions, cruising in the Caribbean.
Before jumping into the genuine feeling of wearing the watch, how about we comprehend the underlying foundations of “my” model, the Longines Legend Diver reference L3-674-4, otherwise called the “LLD” among its various devotees. Everything began in the last part of the 1950s with the Longines Nautilus Skin Diver. The name is quite plain as day, and shows that Longines was at that point handling the quickly growing business sector for plunge watches. They immediately multiplied down in the mid 1960s with the arrival of a greater jump watch – the reference 7042 presented previously. Similar as the Universal Geneve Polerouter Sub, this watch was worked by the Super Compressor rule, a patent held by the casemaker Ervin Piquerez. The case depended on the expanded pressing factor submerged, to additional seal the case back and guarantee its water opposition. A few companies bounced on this smart component, which clarifies why you can locate the trademark cross-brought forth crowns ordinary of Super Compressor cases on a wide range of vintage pieces.
Left, reference 7042; center, Legend Diver first form (no date); right, Legend Diver current model.
The source of the Legend Diver is clear: the reference 7042 is basically its motivation, with the exception of the handset, which is acquired from reference 7594, from the last part of the 1960s. The Legend Diver’s 42 mm case, case-back etching, and two brought forth crowns are more than suggestive of its predecessors, the references 7042, 7150, 7494, and 7594. In a little admission to advancement, a date window has been added (albeit the primary arrangement of the cutting edge Legend Diver didn’t convey this sign). Note that both present day adaptations went for safer screw-down crowns, versus non-screwed down crowns of the first model.
Now that the authentic bases are covered, we can zero in on how the Legend Diver really feels on the wrist. At the point when I initially tied on the LLD, its 42 mm size hit me. All things considered, I am more used to wearing 35 mm-ish dress watches, so this was a significant bounce. However, I immediately became acclimated to it, and a few hours didn’t mull over it. Furthermore, this may likewise be clarified by another factor: outwardly, the dial is in accordance with my vintage tendencies, as the inward bezel takes up a decent lump of the case. The carries are additionally descending calculated, so they wrap pleasantly around the wrist. The gave lash probably won’t be the prettiest, yet it is profoundly practical as it adapts well to submerged use while looking less obviously specialized than some conceivable alternatives.
I didn’t open the watch, so I can’t comment on the programmed development ETA 2824-2 stylishly, yet it dependably did the work as the week progressed, and – reward point – comes with a quickset date. This is the sort of little detail that completely bodes well when you wear a watch in pivot, and need to save yourself some drawn-out crown-going to set the date. I ended up regularly turning the watch around to take a gander at the engraved jumper, an exceptionally flawless element of the watch. Not being a jumper myself, I was unable to test the 300 meter water protection from its cutoff, however that said the watch was totally fine with the swimming, shallow scuba plunging, and incidental hopping into the ocean, which is the thing that I expect 99.99% of its potential proprietors would request of it.
I was truly dazzled with the clarity of the dial, which is obviously a compliment to the first model. There is no conceivable disarray between the hands, and they pop successfully against the dark polished dial. The lume is sensibly solid, albeit a long way from the commended glaring sparkle of Seiko jumpers, which actually hold the title on that front. The lumed triangle on the bezel is additionally an exceptionally brilliant element, as I wound up frequently alluding back to it. While an inward turning bezel bodes well for timing a plunge (similar as the external bezel of a Rolex Submariner), it likewise demonstrates profoundly convenient in regular daily existence, working like brief chronograph and permitting to get pleasantly cooked eggs – an unremarkable errand that is one of uncommon events when you truly need a chronograph, in the event that you are not a dashing driver from the 1960s.
After seven days, the Legend Diver seemed well and good on my wrist, and I wished my proprietorship – and the voyage I was on – could last more. In the same way as other Longines, this model is a genuine offer, retailing underneath $2,500. At precisely $2,300 it is elusive any competition, aside from possibly the Oris Divers Sixty Five that we explored here ; both the Nomos Ahoi and the Tudor Pelagos sell for practically twofold that cost point.
Price contemplations aside, the Legend Diver demonstrated an exceptional companion adrift, and an extraordinary ordinary watch on firm ground, demonstrating that beneficial things should be possible with old plans. Also, indeed, the colored Super Luminova won’t ever supplant the beguiling patina of vintage lume, however yet I had no faltering in taking the Longines Legend Diver into the water, where I would have never under any circumstance brought the vintage model.
Note: Thanks to the vendor Vesper & Co. for giving the two different instances of this jumper; the vintage one can be found there .