Longines Legend Diver Date
Ref. L3.618.104.22.168 | Cailbre Longines L633 automatic movement | 25 jewels | 42mm
For Longines it started with the Longines Nautilus Skin Diver (ref. 6921). Their answer to the rapidly expanding market for dive watches in the late 1950's. In the early 1960's followed by the Longines Compressor with reference 7042, a bigger dive watch that formed the heritage inspiration for the LLD (Longines Legend Diver).
This watch was build according to the Super Compressor priciple, a patent held by casemaker Ervin Piquerez, SA (EPSA). The case relied on the increased pressure under water, to further seal the case back and guarantee its water resistance. You can recognize these cases on their characteristic cross-hatched crowns which can be found on many different vintage dive watches.
The Longines Legend Diver was first released in 2007 without a date feature. In 2009 they added a version with a date complication as well. So in these years, you could choose between the two. In 2011/2012 they discontinued the no-date version. And you know what happens when you discontinue a model. It's becoming more popular!
My Longines Legend Diver is a date model from 2013, sold late 2012, with the depth rate of 30 Bar (300 meter) on the dial. This was a one year only version as Longines returned to the Automatic only dials the next year. The Legend Diver is still part of the Longines Heritage collection you can buy at the Longines Authorized Dealers.