The Heritage Diver 1967
The Heritage series has consistently been my favorite part of the Longines collection for as long as I've been working at Topper. Though I appreciate the military pieces of the 1930s and the formal style of the 1950s (Conquest and Flagship models), I find the vintage divers to be their most intriguing offerings. While for years the Legend Diver (date and non date) stood alone as the only "Heritage Diver", the offerings have become more varied over the last few years. 2014 saw the first new offerings in years, including new rubber strap options for both the Legend Diver Date and the Heritage Diver models. This year, Longines has come out with another diver, the Heritage Diver 1967. This post will look at the alligator strap version of this new release which retails for $3,100.
Longines column wheel movements have been appearing in the Heritage line for the last several years, though they do not make it into every Heritage model. Perhaps to keep the cost down for the end consumer, many Heritage models (such as the 1938 Military chronograph) still feature cam systems. Movements with cam systems do not start and stop quite as precisely as column wheel movements. Fortunately, the Heritage Diver 1967 features the column wheel equipped Calibre L688.2 movement which also boasts a 54-hour power reserve.
These movement specs make the piece similar to the 2014 Heritage Diver Chronograph, but the Heritage Diver 1967 is a much more functional piece. While it maintains the color scheme of a bi-compax layout, it adds a subtle hour hand register at six o'clock that is the same matted black as the dial background. It should be noted that the three and nine o'clock subdials are not symmetrical. The chronograph minute hand subdial at three o'clock is much larger than the second hand subdial at three o'clock. Instead of featuring an internal bezel like prior Heritage Divers, the watch has a bold burgundy external bezel. External bezels can of course be quickly turned without having to take the time to unscrew them. There is also a slight racing theme to the piece as it features a tachymeter scale on the inside of the dial edge. Like the Omega Spectre, this watch features a twelve-hour scale on the bezel to track second time zone, but unlike that watch, this scale is in a small font and subordinate to the traditional 60-minute dive scale that dominates the bezel surface area.
There are also a lot of design elements from the Legend Diver that are also present in the Heritage Diver 1967. The sapphire box crystal has height simulating the look of old fashioned acrylic and the case back depicts the same relief of a diver image.
The 2014 Heritage Diver Chronograph differs from the Heritage Diver 1967 in its cushion shape case, internal bezel, and true bi-compax layout.
Note the asymmetry of the subdials at nine and three o’clock on the Heritage Diver 1967.
The sporty tachymeter scale of the Heritage Diver 1967.
The second hand subdial at nine o'clock of the Heritage Diver 1967.
The subtle hour hand register of the Heritage Diver 1967. Also note the red crosshairs at the center axis.
The angled lug horns and case thickness of the Heritage Diver 1967.
The crown, pushers, and raised sapphire crystal of the Heritage Diver 1967.
The alligator strap and tang buckle of the Heritage Diver 1967. There are also options for a steel bracelet or rubber strap.
The familiar diver relief of the case back of the Heritage Diver 1967.
The lume signature of the Heritage Diver 1967. The chronograph registers are not lumed.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.