Part of the heritage collection is the Longines Heritage diver 1967. This Is a vintage-styled design with modern parts and components. The Heritage diver 1967 is based on the original piece from 1967. The piece features the same black and crème dial, with the red bezel. The watch has a 42mm polished steel case with 22mm lugs. The case and crown displays the Longines name and logo engraved in it, with 3 pushers. The stem is a screw down type, and the two pushers are found on the right side of the case and work the chronograph, while the other pusher changes the date.
The date mechanism is built into the case so a special tool is needed to use it. The chronograph pushers are stiff and requires effort to push, which allows them to be more resistant to starting/resetting the chronograph when bumped. The stem is also tight and requires effort to wind and tighten. The tightness of the stem makes it easy to get accurate with the minutes on the dial. While this piece does maintain a vintage look, its sleek slants and angles make for a modern design. On the case back you will find an engraved diver, as well as serial number, water resistance, sapphire glass, and the model name.
For a diving watch a rotating bezel is a must. The piece has a red aluminum bezel which contrasts nicely with the polished steel case and crème color sub dials. The bezel has multiple cut outs which make for an optimal amount of grip for rotation. The bezel has a 60 click unidirectional adjustment. Featured you will find a dive scale with a 12-hour scale adjacent to the numbers. Both of these scales are painted in silver. This scale can be used for dual times. My only dislike about the 12-hour scale would be it is small and hard to read. At second glance, all of the numbers in the sub dials as well as the tachymeter are also hard to read. At the top of the bezel you will find your normal arrow pointing towards twelve. In this arrow, you will find a lumen dot.
The dial has a very strong resemblance to the design from the original diver. As stated above there is a black dial, with a ring of crème white around it. In this ring, you will find the tachymeter. Just like the 12-hour scale, the tachymeter is also very small and hard to read. On the actual dial, you will find 3 sub dials. These are the 60 second dial, The 30-minute dial and the 12-hour dial. The 60-second and 30-minute sub dials are the same crème white as the surrounding ring. The 12-hour dial is the same color black as the actual dial. The 60-second and 30-minute dials are found at 3oclock and 9oclock. The 30-minute and 60-second dials are not the same size which throws off the symmetry of the watch. Between 4 and 5oclock you will find your date. This date has a black background and crème numbers. You will find marks at every hour except for 3oclock and 9oclock due to the overlapping sub dials.
Each of the hands are made of polished steel. You will only find lumen on the hour and minute hands. Covering the dial, you will find a domed sapphire crystal. The crystal really helps complement the vintage look of the watch. Although this piece is classified as a diving watch, I would consider it more of a racing casual styled watch
The watch features an automatic chronograph. The movement is made by ETA but is limited to usage only by Longines. The movement runs at 4HZ, which is very smooth and has a power reserve of 53 hours.
This watch is available with a steel bracelet with a diving extension, a black leather alligator strap which features a crème colored stitching as well as well as a buckle with the longines logo engraved on, or a black rubber strap which features a folding clasp as well as a divers extension. I like the leather alligator strap. This strap is extremely comfortable and flexible once broken it. The black color of the strap really compliments the black of the dial. The watch comes packaged in a special edition box.
Pricing & opinions
Pricing starts at $3150 for this watch, which places it in a highly competitive range. This watch features a good movement with a chronograph, a 53-hour reserve, various choices for bands and straps, and a retro inspired look.
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