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WHY THIS WATCH
Inspiration from the Past
Longines does a great job of doing remakes of vintage references that are very close in the look and feel of the original, while providing modern build quality and finish. The Legend Diver is part of the Heritage Collection, and is based on the original Legend Diver introduced in the 1950s, the reference 7042. This vintage reference utlilized a "Super Compressor" case for it's water resistance. The case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez SA (EPSA), patented the "Super Compressor" in 1956. The Super Compressor uses water pressure to expand the water resistance. The deeper the watch goes, the tighter the back seals against the gasket. Longines was not the only brand using the Super Compressor design. Jaeger-LeCoultre, Universal Genève, IWC, Longines and Wittnauer were all using this innovation. EPSA ceased production of the Super Compressor case in the 1970s.
Very Close to the Original
At 42mm in diameter, this watches dimensions are very close to the original. The hands, dial and crowns are also very close to the original. Notice the hash marks on the crowns, and the diver etched on the backside, design details borrowed from the 7042. Dial-Side we have a very clean black lacquered dial with patches of lume on the hour makers. One of the few areas where this watch departs from the original is the addition of a date window, which the 7042 did not have. This watch has two crowns, one of which rotates the internal diving bezel, the other is used to adjust the time and date.
Inside we a modified ETA caliber 2824-2 which is perhaps one of the most well-known and most recognized movements in the watch industry. It has been in production since 1982. The “-2” indicates that it is the 2nd generation of the movement. The 2824 is considered to be a “workhorse” movement by many watch enthusiasts.
On the wrist this watch wears smaller but looks larger than the 42mm would suggest. It wears a bit smaller due to the lug and case design, and looks larger due to the lack of a bezel outside of the inner diver ring. This is a great daily wearer with a clean simple design that can be enjoyed in a more formal setting or in the water.
THE LITTLE DETAILS
Watch is in excellent condition with wear from normal use. Case has some small scratches from normal wear, and is around 9/10. The leather band comes on the factory Longines deployment and has some wear on it, though it still has plenty of life left, around 7/10. Comes with the large Longines box and Longines book of Exploits only.
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