JuDiver's watches have maintained a consistent level of popularity over the years. Specifically designed for underwater use, these watches are known for their durability, water resistance, and specialised features meant for diving activities. Furthermore, these watches are built to withstand the harsh conditions of an underwater environment. Although they are designed for diving, these watches are worn as everyday timepieces as well. Their rugged construction and sporty design make them suitable for all kinds of activities. To cater to diverse needs, Longines has now unveiled its new Legend Diver watch with a compact case, suitable for all wearers. It has two new dial colours — blue (Ref. L3.722.214.171.124/6) and black (Ref. L3.7126.96.36.199/6) lacquer.
The new novelty is based on Ref. 7042 that was unveiled in 1959. Let us go back in time and take a closer look at the timepiece for a while. This particular diver’s watch came in a 42 mm stainless steel case with water resistance of up to 120 metres. Powering the watch was a self-winding mechanical Longines movement, calibre 19AS. The manufacturer also introduced an internal bidirectional rotating bezel that graduated over 60 minutes. What’s more, the timepiece had, among other things, a matte black brass dial with index hour markers, a minute track, a winged hourglass logo, and Arabic numerals at 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 9 o'clock, and 12 o'clock, and two squares for remaining numerals.
The modern 2023 novelty, based on the vintage watch, now comes in a compact 39 mm stainless steel case with either a blue or black dial option. The dial doesn’t have any date window while the hour markers are a combination of Arabic numerals for 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. The remaining indexes are interspersed with Super-LumiNova® squares.
The timepiece still maintains a dual crown set-up: the crown at 2 o’clock is used to adjust the dial colour matching the inner 60-minute bezel that also acts as a dive counter while the crown at 4 o’clock is used to set the time. A domed box-shaped sapphire crystal covers the dial. Both the hour markers and the rhodium-plated hour, minute, and second hands are coated with Super-LumiNova®. Longines seems to have redesigned the hands to closely resemble the ones on the vintage model.
Powering the diver’s watch is the self-winding mechanical Calibre L888.6 with the COSC-certified chronometer offering a power reserve of up to 72 hours. Turning the watch over showcases the closed stainless steel caseback with a stamped image of a diver. This new Longines Legend Diver watch is presented on a stainless steel bracelet with a double-safety folding clasp or a choice of straps.
The black dial is available with a vintage-style brown leather strap with a steel pin buckle while the blue dial variation can be worn on a blue NATO-style textile strap with a steel pin buckle. Being a diver’s watch, the water resistance offered is 300 metres.