Swiss luxury watch brand Longines presents a new evolution of its iconic Diver reference 7042. Introduced in the 1950s, this historic creation is immediately recognisable by its Super-Compressor case with two crowns and internal rotating bezel. Available with a black or blue dial, the new Longines Legend Diver watch features a 39mm diameter case.
The Saint-Imier based watch manufacturer has always associated its name with the world of sport and exploration. As early as 1937, the brand launched the very first chronograph with water-resistant push-pieces, which it patented in 1938, followed by its first underwater watch in 1958.
One year later, Longines developed a diver watch specifically designed for underwater exploration. This came with a revolutionary Super-Compressor case with internal rotating disc and two screw-down crowns.
Presented in a completely redesigned 39 mm case, the new Longines Legend Diver is certified as a Divers’ Watch (ISO 6425) with a water-resistance up to 30 bar / 300 metres. The entire watch is also chronometer-certified by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres).
Each timepiece houses an exclusive Longines L888.6 calibre equipped with a silicon balance spring and innovative components, offering a magnetic resistance ten times greater than the ISO 764 benchmark standard. This extremely precise self-winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of up to 72 hours.
The instantly recognisable dial has no date and is available in black or blue lacquer. It is topped by a domed sapphire crystal with black metal plating and multiple layers of anti-reflective protection on both sides. The hours are marked by elongated indexes and raised luminescent Arabic numerals.
The new rhodium-plated and polished arrow-hands, coated with Super-LumiNova®, mark the time with optimum visibility in all circumstances, day and night.
Another emblematic feature of this model is the internal bidirectional rotating bezel for measuring dive time. The bezel’s position inside the case protects it from handling and accidental shocks that could disrupt its settings.
The screw-down crown at 2 o’clock activates it on a graduated 60-minute scale, which is located on the case flange and capped at 12 o’clock with a luminescent triangle symbol.
The sleek new stainless-steel case features alternating polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The collection’s symbol, a diver, is stamped on the watch’s perfectly-angled screw-down case back.
The new Longines Legend Diver watch models are available with a brown leather strap, a blue NATO strap and a new stainless steel bracelet with a double-safety folding clasp.
Timeline of the Longines Legend Diver
1959: Longines Diver watch with Super-Compressor case, ref. 7042. Two-piece, 42 mm case with screw-down back; water-resistant up to a depth of up to 12 bar (120 m). Self-winding mechanical Longines movement, calibre 19AS. Internal bidirectional rotating bezel graduated over 60 minutes.
1963/65: Longines Diver watch with Super -Compressor case, ref. 7594. 42 mm case; water-resistant up to 12 bar (120 m), then 20 bar (200 m). Automatic winding, calibre 290, internal rotating bezel.
1971/72: Longines watch with Super -Compressor case designed for Royal Australian Navy divers. Water-resistance improved up to 30 bar (300 m). Automatic winding, calibre 633.1, date display, internal rotating bezel.
2007: Longines Legend Diver ref. L3.622.214.171.124. The iconic timepiece resurfaces under the name Longines Legend Diver. 42 mm case; water-resistant up to 30 bar (300 m). Automatic winding, calibre L633, internal rotating bezel.
2017: Longines Legend Diver ref L3.7126.96.36.199. The model is now adorned in bronze, while retaining the features that have made it such a success. 42 mm case; water-resistant up to 30 bar (300 m). Automatic winding, calibre L888.5, internal rotating bezel.
2023: The Longines Legend Diver line marks a return to its roots while benefiting from today’s technical and aesthetic advances. 39 mm case; water-resistant up to 30 bar (300 m). Automatic winding, exclusive Longines calibre L888.6, internal rotating bezel.
Model: Longines Legend Diver 39mm
L3.7188.8.131.52/6: Black dial
L3.7184.108.40.206/6: Blue dial
Self-winding mechanical movement
Exclusive Longines calibre L888.6
Entire watch officially COSC certified chronometer
11½ lines, 21 jewels, 25,200 vibrations per hour
Magnetically resistant, with silicon balance-spring (ISO 764)
Power reserve: up to 72 hours
Hours, minutes, seconds
Round, stainless steel case
Diameter: 39 mm
Thickness: 12.70 mm
Angled screw-down back and two screw-down crowns
Diver symbol stamped on the case back
Domed sapphire crystal (box) with black metal plating and multi-layer anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: Up to 30 bar (300 metres); tested with +25% overpressure (as required by ISO 6425)
Blue or black lacquer
Indexes interspersed with Super-LumiNova® squares
Raised Arabic numerals accentuated by luminescent rectangles
Internal bidirectional rotating dive bezel
Rhodium-plated and polished, with Super-LumiNova®
Bracelet and straps
Stainless steel with double-safety folding clasp
Blue NATO with steel tongue buckle on model L3.7220.127.116.11
Brown leather with steel tongue buckle on model L3.718.104.22.168