L2.818.104.22.168/4) utilizes a 41-mm brushed steel case, sitting prominently on the wrist and featuring two large pump pushers — all together giving it an extremely solid and durable look. Through every facet of the part there are obvious nods to some military style from the era, with a clear focal point of form following function from the utilitarian design. On its own black dial, the watch includes simple yet distinctive features throughout, using its fundamental black-white design and added green SuperLuminova hints running across the big Arabic numerals and hands, in addition to its own three sub-dials for jogging seconds at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. As you might expect from the name, exactly what makes these attributes really distinctive is your “BigEye” 30-minute subdial, but also the style of hands utilized during such as the sword design to get the hour and second hands, the counterbalance on the chronograph seconds hand, along with the unique layout for both 3 and 6 o’clock subdials.The last significant feature on the face is observed from the vintage-style Longines Watches Online Replica emblem, with the watch using a little “automatic” text under to account for the contemporary movement when compared with the historical hand-wound. The motion here is the automatic Caliber L688.2, which will be based on the ETA A08.L01. It’s effective at a 54-hour power book and concealed behind a specially engraved solid caseback. The brand new BigEye is priced by the newest at $2,625, and — likely due to demand — isn’t often found for much less at dealers.
Vintage looks with none of the drawbacks associated with old watches; that’s one of the factors that makes vintage-inspired watches so attractive to watch enthusiasts. And judging from what we saw at Baselworld this year, this trend seems to show little sign of slowing down. Of all the new vintage-inspired watches announced at Baselworld 2018, one of the most exciting and prettiest comes from Longines. This is your hands-on report of the new Longines Heritage Skin Diver.
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The Swatch Group has identified Longines Watch 99235 Replica to be the brand to spearhead the group’s efforts in the mainstream/affordable segment of the watch market. And to do so, Longines has embraced the trend of vintage-inspired watches. This makes sense since Longines is one of the oldest watch companies and has a rich history on which to draw inspiration from. So which watch from Longines’ history did the Heritage Skin Diver get its inspiration from? It is in fact based on the Nautilus 6921 from the late ’50s.
Though the Heritage Skin Diver is based on the Nautilus 6921, Longines Watches In Karachi Replica has updated its dimensions to give it a more contemporary look. The case is still made out of stainless steel but its diameter has been upsized from the 40mm of the original to 42mm. The larger case size coupled with the long straight and angled lugs means this watch wears large. Personally, I would have preferred if Longines kept the size at 40mm. After all, it is not as if the original Nautilus 6921 was 34mm or 36mm. That would probably be far too small for modern tastes.
Another distinct feature of the Longines Watches Usa Replica Heritage Skin Diver is the large crown. It stays faithful to the Nautilus 6921 by eschewing crown protectors. It is an interesting look, but the size of the crown means that it can be quite easy to snag it against something. The crown screws down, of course, and water resistance is a very adequate 300m. The Heritage Skin Diver comes with three strap choices: a brown leather strap, a stainless steel mesh bracelet, or a black rubber strap.
Like the original, the Heritage Skin Diver has a prominent black dive bezel, but the modern version is made out of black PVD steel. The vintage Nautilus 6921’s bezel was made out of delicate bakelite. The markings on the bezel are done in a faux patina color and the faux patina coloration extends to the dial as well. The hour and minute markers, as well as the hour and minute hands, are all done in faux patina-colored lume, and it provides a nice contrast to the black textured dial. Longines calls this Super-LumiNova ‘Old Radium.’ The Longines logo at 12 o’clock, as well as the ‘Automatic’ wording at 6 o’clock, are also painted in matching faux patina colors. There’s no date window, which is refreshing for a modern watch and also fitting since the Nautilus 6921 also did not have a date window.
Accentuating the aged look of the dial is the watch’s heavily domed sapphire crystal, which recalls the look of acrylic crystals found on vintage watches. It’s a masterful touch that completes the look of the watch. More importantly, it creates some distortion depending on the angle which makes the dial all the more fascinating to look at.
The movement is concealed behind a stainless steel screw down caseback that has an engraving of a diver with a spear. But rest assured that it’s a competent one. Specifically, it is the Longines Caliber L888, which is a fairly heavily modified version of the ETA 2892. Its beat rate has been adjusted from 28,800bph to 25,200bph, which consequently gives it a longer power reserve of 65 hours – a significant increase over the standard ETA 2892’s 42-hour power reserve.
My only gripe about the watch is its size. Keeping it at 40mm would definitely have been much preferred. As it is, I find the case a tad too large and the lugs far too long. Nevertheless, I still find this watch extremely attractive. Longines Watches Oxford Street Replica has got the tone of the faux patina lume and markings just right, and its refreshing to see a dial that’s so clean and well proportioned. The cherry on the cake has got to be its price. The Longines Heritage Skin Diver is priced at just $2,600 regardless of your choice of strap, which, in my opinion, makes it a real bargain. longines.com