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  • LONGINES - Vintage 1948 Coin-Edge Sector-Dial Calatrava-Style Watch - Cal.12.68 Z
    €1,190.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1948 Coin-Edge Sector-Dial Calatrava-Style Watch - Cal.12.68 Z

  • LONGINES -Original 1915 18kt. Gold Tank Tonneau Watch - Cal. 9.35
    €990.00

    LONGINES -Original 1915 18kt. Gold Tank Tonneau Watch - Cal. 9.35

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1927 Sterling Cushion Watch - Cal. 12.92
    €890.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1927 Sterling Cushion Watch - Cal. 12.92

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1949 Flyback Steel Chronograph - Cal. 30.CH
    €2,990.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1949 Flyback Steel Chronograph - Cal. 30.CH

  • LONGINES - Original 1914 Sterling Silver Hinged Case Enamel Dial Coaxial-Pusher Chronograph - Cal. 13.33 Z
    €5,890.00

    LONGINES - Original 1914 Sterling Silver Hinged Case Enamel Dial Coaxial-Pusher Chronograph - Cal. 13.33 Z

  • LONGINES - Coin Edge Calatrava 18 kt Red Gold Watch 37,3mm 1941 Watch - Cal. 23M
    €4,290.00

    LONGINES - Coin Edge Calatrava 18 kt Red Gold Watch 37,3mm 1941 Watch - Cal. 23M

  • LONGINES - Nonius Original 1969 Flyback Chronograph Ref.8225-2 Chocolate Dial - Cal 538 / 30.CH
    €4,990.00

    LONGINES - Nonius Original 1969 Flyback Chronograph Ref.8225-2 Chocolate Dial - Cal 538 / 30.CH

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1944 Coin Edge Watch - Special Tropical Dial - Cal.27M
    €1,290.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1944 Coin Edge Watch - Special Tropical Dial - Cal.27M

  • LONGINES - Tre Tacche Step-Case Original 1941 Steel Watch - Cal. 10L - Top Condition
    €1,890.00

    LONGINES - Tre Tacche Step-Case Original 1941 Steel Watch - Cal. 10L - Top Condition

  • LONGINES - Original 1957 Millerighe Dial 18kt. Pink Gold Watch - Cal. 27MS
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - Original 1957 Millerighe Dial 18kt. Pink Gold Watch - Cal. 27MS

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1954 9kt. Pink Gold Dennison Ref. 13322 Watch - Cal.12.68 ZS
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1954 9kt. Pink Gold Dennison Ref. 13322 Watch - Cal.12.68 ZS

  • LONGINES - Tre Tacche Original Black Glossy Dial 1942 30mm Watch - Cal.10L
    €1,490.00

    LONGINES - Tre Tacche Original Black Glossy Dial 1942 30mm Watch - Cal.10L

  • LONGINES - Sei Tacche 1943 Waterproof-Style Steel Watch - Cal.12.68 Z
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - Sei Tacche 1943 Waterproof-Style Steel Watch - Cal.12.68 Z

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1952- Ref. 7133 Honeycomb Dial Steel Watch - Cal. 12.68Z
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1952- Ref. 7133 Honeycomb Dial Steel Watch - Cal. 12.68Z

  • LONGINES - BullsEye Dial Ref. 6500 Vintage 1953 Automatic Watch - Cal.22AS
    €890.00

    LONGINES - BullsEye Dial Ref. 6500 Vintage 1953 Automatic Watch - Cal.22AS

  • LONGINES - Original Vintage 1916 Large 40mm Gun Metal Trench Watch - Cal. 15.26
    €1,890.00

    LONGINES - Original Vintage 1916 Large 40mm Gun Metal Trench Watch - Cal. 15.26

  • LONGINES - Tre Tacche Military-Style Step-Case Original Dial 1941 Watch - Cal. 12.68Z
    €2,190.00

    LONGINES - Tre Tacche Military-Style Step-Case Original Dial 1941 Watch - Cal. 12.68Z

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1926 Chilean Cushion Watch - Top condition - Cal. 13.34
    €890.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1926 Chilean Cushion Watch - Top condition - Cal. 13.34

  • LONGINES - Tre Tacche Military-Style Step-Case Original Black Glossy Dial 1942 Watch - Cal. 12.68Z
    €3,990.00

    LONGINES - Tre Tacche Military-Style Step-Case Original Black Glossy Dial 1942 Watch - Cal. 12.68Z

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1958 Flagship 18kt. Red Gold Ref. 2503 Automatic Watch - Cal.340
    €1,990.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1958 Flagship 18kt. Red Gold Ref. 2503 Automatic Watch - Cal.340

  • LONGINES - Vintage Sei Tacche 1951 Waterproof-Style Steel Watch - Cal.12.68 Z
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - Vintage Sei Tacche 1951 Waterproof-Style Steel Watch - Cal.12.68 Z

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1956 Flagship 18kt. Red Gold Ref. 501 Watch - Cal.30L
    €1,990.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1956 Flagship 18kt. Red Gold Ref. 501 Watch - Cal.30L

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1943 Coin Edge Sector Dial Watch - Cal.12.68 Z
    €1,190.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1943 Coin Edge Sector Dial Watch - Cal.12.68 Z

  • LONGINES - Ultra-Chron Automatic Ref. 7951 Brown Dial 1968 Watch - Cal. 431
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Ultra-Chron Automatic Ref. 7951 Brown Dial 1968 Watch - Cal. 431

  • LONGINES - All-Guard Automatic Ref. 9006 Original 1956 Steel Watch - Cal. 19AS
    €990.00

    LONGINES - All-Guard Automatic Ref. 9006 Original 1956 Steel Watch - Cal. 19AS

  • LONGINES - Large 38.2mm Ref. 5581 Vintage 1958 Steel Watch - Cal. 12.68 Z
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Large 38.2mm Ref. 5581 Vintage 1958 Steel Watch - Cal. 12.68 Z

  • LONGINES - 1944 Tank-Style 14kt. Gold Watch with Diamonds "Sertie" Dial and Bow Lugs - Cal. 9L
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - 1944 Tank-Style 14kt. Gold Watch with Diamonds "Sertie" Dial and Bow Lugs - Cal. 9L

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1951 Steel Watch Ref. 5356 - Light Brown "Tropical" Dial Cal. 12.68Z - ChronoService.Ch Guarantee
    €790.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1951 Steel Watch Ref. 5356 - Light Brown "Tropical" Dial Cal. 12.68Z - ChronoService.Ch Guarantee

  • LONGINES - Tempo 1925 Sterling Silver 0.875 Hinged Case XL Tank - Cal. 10.39
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Tempo 1925 Sterling Silver 0.875 Hinged Case XL Tank - Cal. 10.39

  • LONGINES - Olympian (Ultra-Chron) Super-Compressor Ref. 8221 Vintage 1969 Watch - Cal. 6652
    €1,990.00

    LONGINES - Olympian (Ultra-Chron) Super-Compressor Ref. 8221 Vintage 1969 Watch - Cal. 6652

  • LONGINES - Classic Vintage 1963 Steel Special Dial Watch - Ref. 2271 - Cal. 30L
    €1,290.00

    LONGINES - Classic Vintage 1963 Steel Special Dial Watch - Ref. 2271 - Cal. 30L

  • RECORD Watch Co. - Vintage 1930`s Original Steel Tank Curvex - Cal. 118
    €1,290.00

    RECORD Watch Co. - Vintage 1930`s Original Steel Tank Curvex - Cal. 118

  • LONGINES - Admiral Automatic Ref. 8581-2 Vintage Steel Watch- Cal. 431
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Admiral Automatic Ref. 8581-2 Vintage Steel Watch- Cal. 431

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1936 Solid Gold Tank - Cal. 25.17
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1936 Solid Gold Tank - Cal. 25.17

  • LONGINES - Tank Sertie Diamond Dial Vintage Steel Watch - Cal. 9L
    €1,090.00

    LONGINES - Tank Sertie Diamond Dial Vintage Steel Watch - Cal. 9L

  • LONGINES - Sport Chief Ref. 6263 Vintage 1956 Waterproof Steel watch - Cal.12.68 Z
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Sport Chief Ref. 6263 Vintage 1956 Waterproof Steel watch - Cal.12.68 Z

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1942 18 kt. Gold Chronograph - CAL. 13.ZN - Rare Raised Hourglass Dial + ChronoService.ch Guarantee
    €6,490.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1942 18 kt. Gold Chronograph - CAL. 13.ZN - Rare Raised Hourglass Dial + ChronoService.ch Guarantee

  • LONGINES - Vintage 1927 18kt Gold Cushion Watch - Top condition - ChronoService.Ch Guarantee
    €990.00

    LONGINES - Vintage 1927 18kt Gold Cushion Watch - Top condition - ChronoService.Ch Guarantee

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Longines Legend Diver Watch


A few weeks ago, we took a look at the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage watch, a vintage-inspired “super compressor” diving watch that has, along with a few other pieces in the brand’s growing collection, continued to garner Alpina a large amount of attention from media and consumers alike. And covering that piece got me to thinking about another brand’s “super compressor” that draws from similar heritage and still enjoys vast modern appeal among today’s vintage collectors’ markets. This week, we look at another piece in Longines’s vast Heritage collection, The Longines Legend Diver.

Longines Diver - Vintage

Super compressor dive watches, as a category, all draw their heritage from the same origin. Blancpain patented the very useful unidirectional outer bezel on diving watches, and in response to this, Ervin Piquerez SA (EPSA) developed its own system, the super compressor design, in the late 1950s. This development led Wittnauer, Enicar, Alpina, Longines, and many other brands to work in partnership with EPSA to produce unorthodox-looking diving watches to compete on the floors of watch boutiques. As time went on, and as Blancpain’s grip on the patent wore off, the super compressor design for the most part went out of style in the early 1970s in favor of more popular, traditional-looking diving watches. But, as Longines demonstrates here, the famously odd design is back in a heritage model, and possibly more popular than ever before.

Longines Legend Diver - side

The Longines Legend Diver Watch (Ref. L3.674.4.50.0) is, for the most part, a faithful re-edition of the EPSA-designed and Longines-interpreted Super Compressor model of 50 years ago. At 42-mm in stainless steel, with two screw down crowns at the 2 and 4 o’clock positions, and a decorated scuba diver caseback, the case alone — before taking a look at the movement or dial — is itself a very interesting component of the watch. The dial boasts a number of vintage-inspired elements, such as an all-black dial with slightly off-white and luminescent accents, and the Super-Compressor-specific, inner rotating 60-minute counter for diving. At the 3 o’clock position is a date indicator, followed by tick marks for most other hour and minute positions, with the exception of the remaining quarter-hour marks. Powering this piece is the automatic Longines Cal. L633, based on the popular ETA 2824 movement, which features about 38 hours of power reserve as well as a hacking seconds mechanism. If you are in the market for this interesting watch, many dealers offer it for somewhere around $1,600.

Longines Legend Diver - angle

Comparing it to vintage models of the Longines Super Compressor, there are naturally many shared traits, along with a few contemporary differences, between the watches. With respect to the general proportions and features of the modern watch, many of the qualities are meticulously similar — waffle design on the crowns, interesting Arabic numerals, and even the printed cursive word “Automatic” toward the 6 o’clock mark. The few modern differences are of overall benefit to the consumer, such as the slightly thicker case giving it a greater sense of sturdiness, modern finishing, a modern movement, and, finally, something not seen on the original Longines model: a date indicator. The date, which some might argue takes away from the clean look of the dial, is a feature seen in other super compressors (such as the those in the Longines-owned, vintage Wittnauer brand), and is a helpful feature for anyone planning to wear this watch daily, as the 38-hour power reserve of the movement seems to suggest.

Longines Legend Diver - back

In today’s world of horology, there is without a doubt a wide range of vintage-inspired timepieces available to consumers. The Longines Heritage collection alone boasts more than 30 distinct pieces, and plenty of other brands continue to churn out more and more fascinating re-creations and re-interpretations each year. But the Longines Legend Diver, in my opinion, stands out among that crowd. It is a watch that represents a fascinating era in the history of watches, and one that still offers plenty of modern functionality along with its unorthodox design. And in comparison to its vintage counterpart, which can often sell anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000, the modern watch is a steal at a much more accessible price point for the average vintage-watch enthusiast. To me, the watch represents a clear case of “having your cake and eating it, too.” And I ask you, who doesn’t like cake?

Longines Legend Diver - front

For our most recent article, in which I compare the modern Seiko Marinemaster Professional 1000m to its vintage counterpart, click here.

Caleb Anderson is a freelance writer for various publications. Since first learning about horology, he has garnered extensive knowledge on vintage watches, and spends much of his time sharing his opinions within the field. Currently located near New York City, he is a persistent student in all things historical, a writer on many topics, and a casual runner.

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  1. Eric Miller

    I have had this watch for about a year and wear it in rotation with my other watches. it is very sturdy and the only thing that is lacking is that the hands look cheap with the flat profile . I also have the longines 1935 and that has very nice and detailed hands. One way or another this is a great watch

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Vintage 1950s Longines-Wittnauer Asymmetric Watch

over 3 years ago
Price
$255.00
Brand
Longines
Seller
Mylesx66
Available on
WatchUSeek
Location
US
Description


Rare Longines-Wittnauer asymmetric case. A 1950s dress watch. From my own collection. I have only worn it occasionally since purchase. It is in very good condition and keeps very good time. It is only losing seconds a day. Which for a 1950s mechanical is about as good as you?d get.
Brand: Longines-Wittnauer.
Gender: Mens. (But certainly small enough for a woman too).
Movement: Mechanical ? Hand Winding. 17 Jewels.
Strap: New, Leather. 18mm. Gold effect matching buckle.
Warranty: None.
Case: Stainless Steel and stainless steel back. 10K Gold-filled bezel.
Case Dimensions: 27-22mm (w/o crown) x 35mm
Water Resistant: No.
Watch case condition ? very good condition. No scratches, dings, dents. Couple of the usual hardly noticeable polishing rubs on the rear of the case.
No box or papers.
PRICE: US $ 255 all in.
(including global courier shipment and delivery. I?m outside CONUS).
Payment - only by Paypal.
Please note: all sales are final. No returns.
I am not responsible for any customs or import fees. I will do my best to ship within 2-3 working days of payment.
If interested please PM me.
Many Thanks.

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