longines heritage skin diver


Almost 60 years after the release of its first diving watch, the watchmakers from Saint-Imier have reissued a model that was a big success at the time. The new version has the same design as its predecessor, but with contemporary technology in line with the times.

As well as creating beautiful timepieces at very affordable prices and almost endless creativity, one of the great specialities of Longines is reissuing watches that have marked its 185-year history. These souvenirs of the past, with designs found in the archives of the Saint-Imier-based brand, have been redesigned with a new but respectful look and included in the Heritage collection. An example is the new Skin Diver Watch. The model has all the main design features of the brand’s first diving watch, released in 1959, while incorporating contemporary techniques. And almost 60 years later, if you place the original version side by side with the new, the similarity is striking!

longines heritage skin diver different strapsLike its predecessor, the Heritage Skin Diver Watch is cut out for diving. And it can now go down to 300m thanks to a robust 42mm-wide steel case and the screwed crown and caseback, helping to guarantee watertightness. The back of the watch is decorated with an embossed engraving showing the outline of a diver in a wetsuit with a mask, an oxygen bottle, swimfins, a harpoon… and, of course, a watch! To make a serene, deep-sea dive easier, the watch comes with a fluted, revolving, unidirectional bezel, coated in PVD and with a diving scale made up of sand-coloured markings and a luminescent triangular indicator.

longines heritage skin diver closeupThe curved dial has a delicately sanded surface with an hour rim combining stick-shaped hour markers and rounded Arabic numerals, which are also in a dark beige colour. In the centre, a trio of rhodium-plated hands, coated in Super-LumiNova® and powered by the self-winding calibre L888.2 based on an ETA movement, have the same design as on the original watch: a spear-shaped hour hand, a sword-shaped minute hand and a baton-style hand for the seconds.

longines heritage skin diver casebackThis new Longines watch can be worn with a steel Milanese mesh strap, a natural brown leather strap or a rubber strap with a checked texture, evoking a woven pattern.

Price: 2,460 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin


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