Over the past few years, Longines has done a particularly fine job reviving its rather interesting past. As one can clearly see when watching the likes of a mega-collector Alfredo Paramico wax poetically about the brand, it is clear there is much to work with. This year at Basel, we saw some nice, reasonably priced and well designed classics brought back to life. Here is the Heritage Diver 1967.
This bordeaux-bezeled beauty takes inspiration from a watch initially produced and sold back in 1967, originally powered by the excellent caliber 30CH. Now, the diving chronograph is revived in 42 mm featuring the Calibre L688.2, a column-wheel chrono made by ETA exclusively for Longines. The 13¼ line caliber has a power reserve of 54 hours.
The case back features the masked man it did back in the late ’60s, and gives the piece a nice retro feel. The entirely steel watch is water resistant to 30 bar, or 300 meters, which means someone could indeed actually take this diving.
The 42 mm feels nice on the wrist, and pusher actuation is about what you’d expect for a piece at this price point – solid, and a little jerky, but in line with other, similarly priced chronos.
The watch is a little on the thick side, though considering this is an active tool watch and not something intended to be dressy in any way, we can forgive this.
One trait that I really like about this watch is the grained texture on the dial, as well as the oversized minute-counter register at 3 o’clock. The Longines Heritage Diver 1967 is available on a leather strap, rubber strap, or bracelet, and begins at $3,100. More here.