If there’s one current Longines that had me with a colossal effect, it is the Longines Legend Diver . Ideally the adaptation without date, however CEO Walter von Känel chose in any case a couple of years prior and suspended the non-date model. This year, Longines added some variety to the Legend Diver, with this all black form. Meet the Longines Legend Diver in Black.
This Longines Legend Diver in Black (reference L3.7220.127.116.11) is much the same as the other Legend Divers, part of the legacy assortment. An assortment that is just a little bit of Longines yearly creation of an expected 1.3 million pieces. An immense number, yet the quantity of various references from Longines is likewise very noteworthy. The legacy assortment is primarily focused on devotees and authorities, that is one reason why our Longines inclusion is basically founded on those watches.
Longines Legend Diver in Black
Respecting its legacy, Longines utilized the 42mm super compressor case as in the past. In any case, presently, with a black covering utilizing PVD strategy. Some case that PVD isn’t as ‘intense’ as DLC or effectively scratches, yet that all relies upon the base material and how it has been done. The instance of the Longines Legend Diver in Black is made of steel. From the start sight, the lash resembles a wristband, yet it is really an elastic tie with a lattice theme. A truly comfortable elastic lash with a PVD covered collapsing catch. The collapsing catch is made of titanium. All things considered, I figure the Longines Legend Diver in Black would look amazing on a NATO lash in olive green or anthracite, and I am not so much as a NATO fellow. I simply feel it will give the watch a touch more punch.
If you investigate the dial side, you will see that the internal plunging bezel with hour long scale and focus dial nearly appear as though one dial. A subsequent look will show the changed layers. As you can see on the pictures that Bert took, the moment markers, hour markers and different prints have this vintage yellow-caramel tone. The Super-LumiNova guarantees that you can peruse the time (and jumping bezel) in low-light conditions. Cleaned silver shaded hands give sufficient differentiation on the black dial that time is not difficult to peruse. The dial is covered with a domed sapphire precious stone, obviously. The screw-down case back and two screw-in crowns, one for winding and setting and the other one for the inside plunging bezel, guarantee that the watch is water impervious to 30 ATM (~300M).
The Longines Legend Diver in Black uses the Longines type L888.2 development, which depends on the ETA A31.L01 development. This development ticks at 25,200vph, which is a fairly irregular recurrence, yet Omega’s Co-Axial types likewise utilize this speed for instance. The development has a force save of 64 hours. This ETA A31.L01 depends on the notable and much adulated ETA 2892-A2 development that you’re most presumably acquainted with. They hindered the beat pace of this development, and expanded the force save. This ETA A31.L01 is solely made and delivered for Longines, to be utilized as their L888.2 development. Since 1984 or thereabouts, Longines doesn’t create developments in-house any longer and everything is being provided by ETA (that simply like Longines additionally has a place with Swatch Group). Despite the fact that Longines is really clear ( read our meeting with CEO Walter von Känel here ) that they don’t mean to become a maker of developments once more, yet rather center around having the option to offer reasonable (mechanical) watches, it is very intriguing that they do appear to move towards the utilization of developments only created for them. Their presentation of the VHP developments and the chronometer affirmed Record assortment additionally shows that Longines feels it has become more significant for the customer that a development ought to be something special.
Although I am not an enthusiast of every black watch, some are truly worth contemplating. My first watch that had a black case was the Sinn 142 St.S with Lemania 5100 development, eventually, I lamented to sell it, however I additionally feel I would have kept it when it was the typical tempered steel rendition. The Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is consistently on my list of things to get, however every time I set something aside for one, a Moonwatch variety sprung up that I needed more. In the no so distant past I purchased the Seiko SRPC49K1 , which is the black form of the turtle diver, which I wear consistently. In spite of the fact that you probably won’t concur with me, I am still of the assessment that I am uncertain about whether black covered watches – or earthenware watches – are until the end of time. Obviously, they don’t need to be perpetually, however when you put in a couple thousands, I generally inquire as to whether I will in any case extravagant this watch in a couple of years from now. The Longines Legend Diver in Black is one of those watches that is estimated genuinely sufficient that I would pose myself this inquiry, however then again, the plan depends on a particularly exemplary (Super Compressor) diver model, that the covering doesn’t actually impact its immortality. On the off chance that that sounds good to you. Obviously, there’s consistently the tempered steel model of this watch in the assortment. As composed above, I think I’d wear the Longines Legend Diver in Black on an olive green NATO, for instance, to make it a smidgen more colourful.
That said the Longines Legend Diver in Black ref. L3.718.104.22.168 offers a great deal of value for the money. A traditionally planned divers watch with a WR of 300 meters and a strong programmed development. The retail cost will be €2.360 ($2700USD) and the watch will be conveyed after the Summer. A pity, as this watch would be a pleasant companion for a decent occasion at the ocean (or pool).
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