Longines essentially can’t make a terrible Heritage watch.

Out of all the Swatch Group brands, Longines is the one company that nails their vintage reeditions 99% of the time. They are likewise doing it with a little yet skilled plan group in house. I should know, I’ve met them in Basel a year ago (thank you Swatch Group Germany!). For a long time now the Longines Heritage models are the top picks of the press (first) and the lovers (when the pieces hit the stores). This was actually the case a year ago while during this previously mentioned visit the folks showed me one as well as two future-Heritage watches. The originally was the Military Pilot, which I audited in March . The second was this cool piece; the Longines Skin Diver. A watch that will most likely be as a very remarkable hit as a past Heritage model was. Would you be able to figure which one?

Longines Skin Diver

Of course, I’m discussing the Longines Legend Diver, another genius from the brand that – in a “revived” structure – is still important for the Heritage model line. No-nonsense fans may understand what I’m alluding to when I say, “invigorated”. It has something to do with the date. In any case, we’re here to discuss the Skin Diver and not the Legend Diver. Until further notice. The first Skin Diver was Longines first jump watch. It turned out in 1959 only a couple a long time after Omega delivered the Seamaster 300 . The watch was 40mm enormous, which was viewed as gigantic for the ’50s. It had a dark Bakelite plunging bezel, a material brands often utilized at that point. Bakelite bezels are really uncommon these days as they are extremely delicate, particularly as time passes by and they age. The Longines Skin Diver had no date or some other capacity. Much the same as its successor.

Vintage Longines Skin Diver unloaded by Phillips a year ago – photograph by Phillips

What is a skin diver?

If you have a PADI testament or your name is Jason Heaton, kindly proceed onward to the following sections. Something else, stay nearby and I could possibly clear the fog in your mind that encompasses different jumping articulations. You hear things like “swimming” or “skin jumping” maybe “free plunging” yet there’s a distinction between them. In the event that you have a tank on your back, you are scuba plunging, that is simple. Presently, swimming is a numerous thing of us have likely done previously. You utilize a snorkel, a veil, and blades, swim just beneath the water. Skin Diving is a term that is not being used a lot of nowadays. Fundamental a skin diver is a swimmer who, now and again, plunges further submerged with no breathing contraption and without a bodysuit subsequently the name skin jumping. Freediving is much more complex than skin diving.

Here, the diver is wearing a bodysuit yet no tank, rather they utilize their lung abilities to remain submerged for an extensive stretch of time. As you can figure by then when Longines concocted the name Skin Diver individuals who they had as a top priority were sporting divers. Individuals who do this as a diversion and not really dive too deep submerged. The vintage Longines Skin Diver had a profundity rating of 150m while the new Skin Diver is water safe down to 300m. much the same as the vintage form, the new Longines Skin Diver is likewise an extraordinary watch for leisure activity divers, even semi-professional ones. It wears extraordinary and looks decent, the extents are amazing the watch doesn’t feel head hefty by any means. I had it on an elastic lash however in the event that you extravagant steel a Milanese arm band is likewise an option.

Like father like son

When it comes to the general plan of the watch it looks precisely like the vintage rendition. Counting – counterfeit – patina. I know large numbers of you say, this would be the ideal watch in the event that it didn’t have fake lume on the dial. I hear you and maybe in a limited way, I even concur with you. Having said that, I think for this situation it assists with accomplishing a general vintage look and really coordinates the watch. To continue with matured feel, the Skin Diver had a dark grained dial. Some say it’s marvelous, others believe it’s to an extreme. I for one like it, of course, I like the entire watch. The dial is colossal, perfect and simple to peruse. The records, the numerals (at 3-6-9-12) even the sum and position of the writings are indistinguishable from the old version.

Case and crown

The new Longines Skin Diver is 42mm, 2mm bigger than the first one. Not too huge, but rather not a little watch all things considered. The case has long, straight carries (practically 10mm long), a major crown that sticks out of the case a lot and the immense dark bezel. The new bezel isn’t Bakelite any longer, it is made of covered steel and is unidirectional. While numerous vintage jump watches had a super-compressor case with 2 crowns and internal turning bezel, the first Longines Skin Diver (as so the enhanced one too) had an external bezel and just one crown. Notwithstanding, that is a compressor crown, implying that the more profound the diver dove the more tight it became shielding the watch from water getting into the case. The crowns on these cases had a crosshatch design. So the new Longines Skin Diver likewise got one, yet it’s just decoration.


The back has the diver theme that we can see on numerous vintage plunge watches. It is clearly a screw down back with the typical data you would discover on another watch. Stuff like the model name, water obstruction, or reference number. Under the case back you can discover the Longines L888.2 (ETA A31.L01) type, a self-twisting development with 21 gems and 64 hours of force save. The Vph of the watch is 25,200. It is a similar development as you can discover in the Longines Legend Diver PVD and the Longines Military also. A trusty development that tackles its work. Thank god for the planner at the company didn’t think if adding the date capacity to the watch. As they did with the reconsidered Legend Diver models. Much thanks to you Longines, you made the privilege decision.

Price and more

The Longines Skin Diver is accessible just in steel, with the dark dial and artificial patina. You can pick between 3 tie alternatives however. On the off chance that you extravagant the genuine diver look, the dark Tropic-style elastic (like the one I had) is the best approach. Be that as it may, the elastic tie gets build up without any problem. In the event that you need to go with the vintage look, an earthy colored calfskin lash with dark sewing is your alternative. It gives a matured look to the watch however clearly, you will not have the option to appreciate the Skin Diver submerged. Assuming, be that as it may, you are an arm band fellow you can get the Longines Skin Diver on a tempered steel Milanese-style wristband. Notwithstanding which choice you go with the retail cost is €2,460 so pick carefully. The cost is maybe the lone feeble purpose of the watch, it could’ve been a tiny bit less expensive in my opinion.

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