Longines has just announced another collection within their Heritage watch line, which consists of remakes of historic models. These models are very faithful to the originals, like this one. The Longines Heritage Dive Chronograph, for example, is similar to the original, except where the vintage Valjoux 72 powered timepiece had a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, the new model has a date in its place. Also it now says “Swiss Made” as opposed to “T-Swiss-T.” And, it has a modern ETA automatic movement in place of the manually wound Valjoux 72.
The new Longines Heritage Diver is available in two versions – one with three hands and the other a chronograph. The 1970s model had a cushion-shaped steel case that was 43 mm in diameter (which was huge for the time period) and the new versions, are the same size.
The three hand model has a crown at 2 o’clock which controls the graduated inner bezel that is marked 0-60 and allows you to synchronize the minute hand to calculate how long you have been underwater. The chronograph is slightly different. It has a bi-directional bezel, like the three-hand version, but the crown is at 10 ‘clock instead of 2, and most notably, the inner bezel is reversed and so the flange scale reads 60-0, which makes it a 60-minute countdown timer (this is true to the original).
According to Longines, “The black, satin-finish dial elegantly combines red highlights and details coated with Super-LumiNova®, recalling the characteristic design of the original creations.”
Both versions have screw-down crowns, bezels and case backs and 300 meter water-resistance. The Longines Heritage Divers come with your choice of a black rubber or black synthetic dive strap. The three-hand will be available for $2,550 and the chronograph will be available for $3,750.