To fuse modern elements into essence of original models is a trend in watchmaking field. Classic models are injected into modern styles, resurgence and vitality. Swiss well-known brand, Longines is inspired by watch models in the last century. Longines Heritage Diver/Aviation/Racing arrives the market constantly. Longines Legend Diver L3.7220.127.116.11 is included in 2018’s eye-catching timepieces. It is called “LLD” (LONGINES Legend Diver) by collectors, featuring scales, rotating inner bezel and double crowns. It was once copied, and 2018 LLD L3.718.104.22.168 is copied twice. Comparing to the former model, the new design for black PVD watch case makes people feel fresh and modern.
Longines Legend Diver Black L3.722.214.171.124 is influenced and inspired by LONGINES Legend Diver Ref. 7042 in the 1960s. In fact, Longines launched Nautilus Skin Diver Ref. 6921 in 1959 first. As diving sport became popular, Skin Diver 6921 sold well. Then Longines designed the reference 7042. Reference 6921 had a low production at that time, so I think it will be talked and collected by watch collectors.
Come back to Longines Heritage L3.7126.96.36.199, and I have to say that it is loyal to the original model, reference 7042. At that time, 42mm watch case was oversized, and the replica edition copied its size. Black lacquer dial is divided into the outer diver ring and the inner ring. The inner ring bears 3-6-9-12, luminescent rectangle hour markers and slim minute scales. Bidirectional rotating diver ring is operated through the crown at 2 O’clock, and it bears dot&flat rectangle&15-30-45&hollow triangle scales. Hands, hour markers and flat scales are filled with Super-LuniNova materials. The faded yellow nightlight and box-style sapphire crystal produce vintage style. Screw-in case back in black PVD is engraved on an relievo of a diver. The embossment highlights the topic of the replica wristwatch. Milan-styled rubber bracelet with black PVD Titanium fold-over clasp is stylish and durable, and it is suitable to wear in summer.
It is equipped with L888.2 on basis of ETA A31.L01 that is a new face in ETA Group. I think it’s hard to remember the caliber, and it is like a license plate number. According to official data, L888.2 has excellent performance. L888.2, 25.6mm×3.6mm, 21 jewels, 25,200 vibration frequency per hour, more than 60 hours power reserve, free sprung balance and weight fine adjustment. PS: there are two weights. L888.2 has the same size as ETA2892, but vibration frequency of ETA2892 is 28,800 per hour. I read an article on comparison of L888.2 and ETA2892, and I agree with the view that ETA A31.L01 is a special edition of ETA2892, so actually, L888.2 is modified from ETA2892. In a word, Longines Legend Diver Black PVD L3.7188.8.131.52 is a nice choice in the daily use or during diving.