The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

The Longines Heritage Diver

Over the past several years, the Longines Legend Diver has not only been the best selling watch in their Heritage Collection at Topper Fine Jewelers, it has also been the best selling watch in their entire collection. It is no surprise as this modern adaptation of the early 1960's Longines Super Compressor has been on some of the watch industry's most respected critics top 10 lists. While the Heritage Collection has featured many timepieces dedicated to Longines Military, Aviation, and formal themed pieces, the Legend Diver has stood alone in recent years as the only dive watch. At Basel in 2014, Longines introduced the Heritage Diver as a parallel offering. The Heritage Diver is similar to the Legend Diver, but draws on the later source material of the 1970's. This post will discuss Longines' second diver in the collection, the 2014 Heritage Diver.

The Heritage diver uses a cushion shape case, which causes it to wear bigger than a round watch of the same diameter. This is due to the extra surface area of the more square shape. Last year when the similarly "T.V." shaped 1973 Chronograph came out, we compared its 40mm case to the Legend Diver and they felt about the same size even though the diameter was smaller.

The 42mm Legend Diver (left), and the 40mm 1973 Chronograph (right).

Longines lists the The Heritage Diver diver as 43mm, and as would be expected the watch looks considerably larger in person than either the Legend Diver or the 1973 Chronograph.  Below are some photos comparing the three-hand model to the Legend Diver, and the chronograph to the 1973.

The 43mm Heritage Diver Chronograph (left) and the 40mm 1973 Chronograph (right).

The 43mm Heritage Diver Chronograph (left) and the 40mm 1973 Chronograph (right).

The 43mm Heritage Diver (left) and the 42mm Legend Diver Date (right).

The 43mm Heritage Diver (left) and the 42mm Legend Diver Date (right).

Aside from wearing much larger than the 1973 or the Legend Diver, there is a significant difference in the frame of the bezel and the shape of the crystal. Both the Legend Diver and 1973 feature a domed sapphire crystal that rises above the bezel giving a "halo" effect simulating the look of vintage acrylic. The Heritage Diver's crystal is also domed, but it appears much less three dimensional. This may be because the edges of the crystal are concealed by the multi-faceted bezel ring frame.

Other design attributes of the piece also draw on design cues from the 1970's. The soleil sunburst pattern on the case is similar to Longines own 70's pieces or the Omega Flightmaster cases. The font, markings, and red on the chapter ring can all be traced to late 60's and early 70's Longines watches. While this sunburst pattern is also on the Longines Heritage 1973, it's far more pronounced here due to the more expansive surfaces of the case. Its extremely short and thick lugs also help define it as a period piece.

As the Legend Diver was updated to feature a rubber strap option, the Heritage Diver's are available in either a sailcloth strap with a tang buckle, or a rubber strap with a deployant clasp. The rubber strap is significantly thicker and feels more "heavy duty" than the sailcloth strap.

The Heritage Diver strap clasp displays the same "crosshatch" pattern as on the tang buckle of the Legend Diver. It also features traditional dive features including three micro adjustments and a diver's extension. While you will need a tool to adjust the pin to your micro adjustment of choice, the small space between the three holes makes the strap very adjustable.

Mechanically the watches are consistent with the movements used in other Heritage models. The three hand model features the L633 Calibre. This is a movement based on the same elaborate grade ETA 2824-2 movement that is in the Legend Diver. The Chronograph model features the L651 Calibre which is a modular chronograph based on the ETA 2894. This makes it similar to the Heritage Military 1938 Chronograph which came out last year. Though Longines does feature a column wheel on many of their chronographs, such as the 1973 chronograph, this model features a standard CAM system.

The Chronograph model also features a rotating bezel that is operating by turning the crown at ten o'clock, the location used by Omega for a helium valve on 300m Seamasters and most Planet Ocean models.

The Heritage Diver is $2,550 on sailcloth and $2,800 on the rubber strap with deployant clasp. The Heritage Diver Chronograph is $3,500 on sailcloth and $3,750 on rubber strap. Both watches use standard spring bars, and the straps can switched with a strap changing system. Below are some additional pictures.

The Heritage Diver Chronograph.

The Heritage Diver Chronograph's minute totalizer of the chronograph

A look at the hands and three o'clock sub-dial of the Heritage Diver Chronograph

The relatively short lug of the Heritage Chronograph.

A look at the diver figure on the caseback, a call back to early Longines Dive watches of the 60s.

The lume signature of the Heritage Diver Chronograph.

A Close up of the Heritage Diver dial (right).

Close up of the Heritage Diver dial (left).

The relatively short lug of the Heritage Diver.

The lume signature of the Heritage Diver.

The Tang buckle of the sailcloth strap.

The rubber strap and deployant clasp with an open Diver's extension. Though shown here on a Legend Diver, it's identical on the Heritage models.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.