The Longines Legend Diver Date on the New Rubber Strap
One of the most anticipated watches of 2014 is actually an existing piece with a new strap option: The Longines Legend Diver Date. Since its introduction into the Heritage collection in the mid-2000's, all modern stainless steel versions of the Legend Diver had been equipped with a 22mm non-tapering sailcloth strap with a 22mm tang buckle. This year at Baselworld 2014, Longines introduced L3.6188.8.131.52, a Legend Diver Date model featuring a rubber strap which tapers to a 20mm deployant clasp.
The rubber strap and clasp make the piece feel more like a pure dive watch. The rubber strap is significantly thicker and feels more "heavy duty" than the sailcloth strap. This new rubber option also eliminates the floating keeper issue on the sailcloth strap. As with leather straps that feature tang buckles, the strap end can come loose from the keeper resulting in a free strap end.
While the clasp displays the the same heritage "crosshatch" pattern that is 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 the three holes makes the strap very adjustable.
This rubber strap provides an opportunity to appreciate many of the watches design attributes. It is extremely faithful to the design of the watch from the 1950's. Though that model of course did not feature a date, the hands, markers, and date wheel have all been given the kind of vintage treatment that resembles the patina that true vintage pieces from the 1950s and 1960s have endured from years of fading. The Legend Diver's crystal resembles old fashioned hesalite and though it is sapphire, it has considerable height in a similar manner to an Omega Moon Watch "Sapphire Sandwich". Like that iconic crystal, its shape is a near cylindrical cap with a pronounced "halo" effect at the edges. Unlike the original 1950's Longines, this watch features screw-down crowns and the widely used L633 movement which is based off of the (ETA 2824-2). Though 42mm, the watch wears considerably larger than its size would suggest due to its 52mm lug-to-lug length, 22mm lug width, and relatively large dial.
The Legend Diver Date is $2,650 on the new rubber strap with deployant clasp. The Legend Diver Date on sailcloth continues to be available at $2,300. For those that already own the sailcloth version of the watch, or just like this 22mm X 20mm option, the strap and clasp will be available for purchase once set up in the U.S. inventory system. Prices available shortly.
Below are photos of the Legend Diver Date on the new strap and clasp.
The 22mm tang buckle of the Legend Diver on sailcloth.
The new deployant clasp features a safety clasp with the same crosshatch pattern that appears on the tang buckle and the dual crowns.
Rather than form-fitting the case, the rubber strap retains the vintage straight-style strap fitment which allows open space to highlight the lines of the case.
Another shot of new deployant clasp highlighting the Legend Diver's dive watch standard of water resistance.
A view of the three micro adjustment holes of the new Legend Diver deployant clasp. In this photo the diver's extension is also in the open position.
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