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Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In an effort to reign in the past while continuing to offer pieces that catch the eye of modern watch buyers, Longines has built up a legitimate offering through their Heritage Collection. Whether you’re looking for a diver or a Weems, there are quite a few choices that seem to be placed above the usual options you have when looking at the brand. Dive watches are popular. No shocker there. Vintage divers? Even more so. When a brand can breathe life into a vintage design and make it appealing to modern tastes, people notice. The Longines Heritage Diver is a superbly retro option for those seeking something a little outside the lines of popular choices while still getting a solid timekeeper.

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

When you first look at this watch you think, “Yep, this is a reissue.” Well, yes and no. Longines based this model off of the Valjoux 72/Longines 30CH chronograph. Those watches had three sub-dials and here it has been reigned in with a cleaner, two-sub-dial face. When you take into account the numerous models that countless brands have altered and morphed throughout the years it is nice to see a brand take an older design and touch it up while retaining the feel of the original. Like I said, this isn’t a pound-for-pound remake of an earlier model but there is enough here to let you know its roots, not only when looking at it but when wearing it on a daily basis like I did.

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

If I ask someone about Longines dive watches, they may mention the Hydroquest. If they are really a fan of the brand they may mention the Heritage or Legend divers. While there has been quite a lot written already about the Legend Diver, I’d like to submit the Heritage Diver Chronograph for consideration. It is unique not only in case shape, but design as well. Longines produces both a three-hand version and a chronograph which I cover here. Honestly, I would have to say I prefer the chronograph anyways. It has just the right amount of old-school vibe crossed with a legit sense of durability, and there wouldn’t be any reason this watch could not become your daily-diver.

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The stainless steel case measures in at 43mm and, with its cushion shape, fits nicely on an average-sized wrist like mine. The sapphire is anti-reflective treated and sits flush with the case, which has a nice solid feel to it. The design is a screw-down case back so don’t expect any pretty scenery here, but for a dive watch this is a non-issue. The crown is screw-in as well, as is the crown for the internal rotating bezel. This definitely makes it harder to adjust on the fly, but with its 300-meter water-resistance the Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph is ISO 6425 rated.

Some might argue that having one more crown to worry about water-proofing only leads to one more area for something to go wrong, and while that may be true, here you have the added benefit of not being able to knock around the bezel by accident should you decide to take this baby deep-sea diving. I took it out to a lake several times, and though I wasn’t ultra-deep, I had no problems.

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Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Speaking of all of this diving business, the absolute first thing you will notice when handling this watch is the strap. It is rubber and is sized very large to accommodate diving suits and other gear but has the ability to be cut down to size for proper adjustment. The rubber strap is great but this really feels like one that I would quickly attach a NATO to for maximum comfort. It is a dive watch, after all, and for me, it just cries out for a good NATO. The hands and indexes receive a generous coating of Super-LumiNova, and I had no trouble with night-time visibility. The dial is, of course, rather retro-looking but it works here and doesn’t feel forced as some reissues do. The color scheme is instantly ’70s and is something to consider when deciding whether or not this is the watch for you. Personally, I like to wear something a little different, so I found the red and tan touches to be a plus here.

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The movement is a Longines L651, which is an ETA 2892-2. The originals were powered by Valjoux Cal. 72, and while that is certainly hard to contend with, the L651 is no doubt a solid and reliable choice for this occasion. Beating at 28,800vbh, the L651 allows a 42-hour power reserve and should provide years of great use. The chronograph feature is certainly nice to have and worked like a charm. The pushers are a little mushy but still get the job done and at no point did I feel like I had a “value watch.” I feel that this Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph could carry its weight against several pieces a little above its price range.

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

A lot of people who are just on the cusp of really getting into watches come across the Longines brand, and I often hear comments that echo the sentiment that, yes, Longines can be sequestered into the “value” zone for Swiss watches but that for the price, they offer an awesome product with consistency. I am a big proponent of telling people that you can’t always know which piece is right for you until you try it on. It makes all the difference in the world. I have to admit that the Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph is one of those pieces that, had I not handled it and given it a chance, I may have just overlooked. As part of Heritage Collection, though, it stands out as something unique and different that feels a little more upscale than the Longines core collection. The Heritage Collection offers a lot of really interesting pieces like the Lindbergh Hour Angle and the Weems, so the Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph fits nicely into the line.

Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph Ref. L2.796.4.52.9 represents a good option for someone looking for something other than your average diver. If you like a little bit of flair on your wrist then this piece is definitely worth a second look. There are some great retro-divers around recently such as the Oris Divers Sixty Five for a bit less money, or the Tudor Heritage Black Bay if you feel like spending a little more. At the end of the day though, the Longines offers a great watch for the money.  Pricing is $3,750longines.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Longines
>Model: Heritage Diver Chronograph
>Price: $3,750
>Size: 43mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: For sure.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone that’s ok with an ETA-powered diver and wants something a little out of the ordinary and retro.
>Best characteristic of watch: The vintage styling.
>Worst characteristic of watch: The strap. You’re going to have to cut it to size, and even then you’ll probably want to swap it out for a NATO.

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  • WINKS

    Did you mean WRis rated at 300m instead of 30m? It’s a Diver after all.

  • ??????

    I like the watch, it balances between funny and serious and does it quite well. But the price seems too high for ETA-based timepiece with poor strap.

  • Ulysses31

    Superficially beautiful retro looks, but… the price is too high for a mere Longines. I know that it is a tactic in trying to move the brand perception upmarket just by whacking up the price, but i’m not sure it’s really enough. Aside from that, the inner rotatable ring is too thick, making the dial look shrunken and unpleasant. I also don’t like the superfluous dodecagon around the crystal. Who knows, maybe it is unscrewable and that is how the watch is constructed, but i’d prefer that these angular elements not interrupt the curvy overall look of the watch. It’s the Bulgari disease. Overall, despite those issues, it’s a handsome watch.

  • laup nomis

    Its okay. I like these cushion cases, though the squared off straight edges make it quite macho, compared to softer more rounded cushion cases. (For example, the Seiko srp775’s rounded cushion case, though it’s not in the same price band).
    Dial colours are okay-ish, but its proportions and internal bezel leave the hands looking short. And socket-set nut shape round the glass, again very macho, but also a little OTT.
    For a Longines ETA its pricey.
    But if you’re a diver looking for a back up tool watch, the only thing that matters is legibility and ruggedness.

  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t really get much of a ‘vintages’ vibe here, just a new watch that tries to force a feeling based on a case shape. The dial markings and colours look decidedly modern to me. This would have been infinitely more interesting with a vintage movement in it: v7733 or the like.

    Finally, it looks awkward and ungainly on the wrist.

  • Yojimbo

    It’s not for me, but it’s good for those that like it like that. It’d be nice if it came with multiple straps

  • For that price (although you can pick these up new on the net for about $2500) one might be better off buying an actual vintage Longines diver. Perhaps on a shark mesh or weathered leather strap. You end up with a better movement, and in many cases, with a diving bezel that isn’t backwards. I realize that the original reference they based this on also has a countdown bezel instead of a true dive bezel, but a modern update would have been the perfect opportunity to make the correct change.

    Just re-release the 1967 Heritage Chrono with no date, would you please, Longines?

  • Much the like the Doxa chronos, I feel that this design looks better with three hands.

  • CryptoReporter

    Body looks a lot like an Omega Speedmaster Mark II.

  • Omegaboy

    The Stowa 1938 Chronograph isn’t a diver, but has the same layout as the Longines, plus a Valjoux 7753, and is exactly HALF the price. And finishing, customer service, etc. on the Stowa is top notch. The Longines is way overpriced.

  • A_watches

    Not attractive, longines trying too hard here.

  • BNABOD

    I like it but I like different pieces like my Mark II racing dial. If they had offered this model w the l688 column wheel which is very smooth it would have tickled me to get one. But at the price and movement I am just not that interested even though the design is super cool.

  • Omegaboy

    Under the ‘Necessary Data’ section of these reviews there should be a bullet that asks, “Would reviewer buy this watch?”

  • NotoriousAPP

    Love it. Nailed the date window….so refreshing to see it done correctly.

  • I’m trying to decide whether I like the dodecagon thing or not… I’m leaning towards not…

  • Aditya

    That 4 grand price though. How does that make it a value watch? I’d rather have a mm300 and a pre owned or grey market heritage monopusher chronograph for almost the same amount of money.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Her’s the back. Almost as mind numbingly boring as the front.

  • The ETA 2892 is a 3 hand movement. So is this an 2892 with a chronograph module on the top of it (such as from Dubois-Depraz) or is it an ETA 2894 (based on the 2892 but with an integrated chronograph “module” on top)?

  • wickets

    hour hand is too short…you almost have to look twice to make sure youre reading the time correctly

  • wallymann

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