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Longines Legend Diver Date Hands-On | FratellowatchesLongines am kind to lend us their Legend Diver Date timepiece for quite a while. Consequently I can wear it for quite a while and our photographer Bert might take his the perfect time to get plenty of proper photos on the watch.I've got a weak area for vintage replica watches, but I am not so attracted to having them serviced or repaired to often. When you buy an antique watch, you must have to consider that it'll require an overhaul sometime. And also the indisputable fact that not every part might be available anymore is not very attractive to me. Any time a watchmaker (or factory) may be out of parts, it means you happen to be that is left behind using a watch with 'issues'. Trust me, I had created my share of replica watches that needed parts that weren't around anymore. In the end, I managed to get them repaired or replaced, but also in certain cases, it took over Calendar year.Vintage Longines DiverSo, I am thinking about re-editions of vintage timepieces of certain eras, but it really should be well executed. Perhaps this too explains why certain replica watches never changed a whole lot, they are a brand's secret weapon to success. Take the AP Royal Oak 'Jumbo' or perhaps the Rolex Submariner.However replica watches europe , you'll be able to hardly point out that these replica watches are re-editions, because their production has practically never been cancelled. An illustration of this a properly executred re-edition is - in my opinion - the OMEGA Seamaster Ploprof 1200M.Another instance of a highly executed re-edition could be the Longines Legend Diver. Approximately Half a century ago, Longines had a much the same diver watch, with the automatic caliber 290 Longines movement inside. This 42mm Longines Diver watch had dimensions that are exactly like the current Longines Legend Diver watch. Longines did a nicely job re-desiging this icon from other own heritage.A rapid look on eBay tells me the vintage Longines Diver replica watches could go easily around $8,000.- USD (see photo above, captured from eBay).  So that you know willing to pay that or don't want to take the chance of what exactly I described above when purchasing an existing watch, you can always think of this as re-edition Legend Diver by Longines.Longines Legend Diver Date and no-DateLongines borrowed us the Legend Diver Date model. The Legend Diver was introduced in 2007, with no date feature. During the past year, Longines added a version having a date complication as well. I really enjoy seeing, Longines made a decision to prevent the production and delivery of the no-Date version in 2011/2012. Personally, I would not mind the version devoid of the date aperture, simply because it comes more detailed an original and yes it doesn't disturb the otherwise clean dial.I did a rapid operated with the watch consumer behavioural data of Chronolytics, and it appears that 52,45% (world wide) of such seeking a Longines Legend Divers want one without a date (ref. L3.674.4.56).  My guess is that there are purists who aim for the no-date version and people who need to have a little 'practicality' in the watch and like to start dating ? feature. A pity that Longines doesn't want to thrill both groups.Comfortable WearerAnyway, let's begin. The Longines Legend Diver Date may be on my small wrist for a couple of weeks and that i have to say that's a very comfortable wearer. The 42mm diameter is just perfect and matches the latest standard 'size' for timepieces. I am able to only think the original form of this should have been huge in early 1960s!  The reason why it's extremely comfortable is among the most synthetic strap that comes with the watch. Lack of with the synthetic strap features a lining of any felt-like material.  This ensures that the watch is not difficult for the wrist (no sweaty issues) which stays put.I know a well used looking stainless mesh bracelet would look cool as well, or a NATO strap crafted from leather.Two Crowns Plus a Super Compressor CaseThe two crowns, (the cheaper) one for setting time (and date) and (top of the) one for rotating the inner diving bezel. The crowns have a similar hobnail pattern as being the original Longines Diver replica watches and they are straightforward to grasp and operate.A (super) compressor case similar to this Longines Legend Diver an example may be not that uncommon, as we've seen similar ones from Jaeger-LeCoultre as an example. In past times, manufacturers like Universal Geneve (Polerouter Sub), LIP (Nautic Ski), Benrus and Fortis have owned them also.The Longines Legend Diver incorporates a super compressor case. Compressor refers to the seal construction which ensures water resistancy through pressure for the gaskets. Super Compressor is the same as compressor, but will also incorporates a screw-down caseback. diamond rolex A number of people think super compressor also offers something related to both crowns, nonetheless it doesn't.  More info about (super) compressor cases is available within the Scuba watch website.In the 42mm diameter watch case is usually a domed sapphire crystal. Although I wouldn't have mind a plexi crystal for this watch, I will understand the decision for a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.Although most buyers is going to be so-called desk divers, the watch are able to do coping with pressure of 30 bar (~ 300 meters).Legend Diver Date DialThe black lacquered dial of the Longines Legend Diver Date is only beautiful. It turned out what, together with the super compressor case and a couple crowns, which enables this watch. The painted luminous (Super Luminova) hour markers and hands undoubtedly are a bit yellow-ish, like patina. The lume on the dial is good and causes it to be an extremely readable dial at nighttime. The hands are polished and contrast well using the black lacquered dial, perfectly readable from all of angles.The things i enjoy concerning this watch is that it lacks all of the needless information about the dial. Exactly the Longines brand & logo and the fact it is an automatic watch. Other information, much like the water resistancy level, the reference number, the model name this guide it really is Swiss made is involved back.The biggest market of the truth back is undoubtedly an embossed emblem of an diver holding a harpoon.Longines Caliber L633Longines is part of the Swatch Group and something on the features of joining this group, is that you simply can use a movement from your ETA company. While others are more concerned about developing in-house movements for marketing reasons than for the sake of creating cool replica watches, Longines picked the ETA2824-2 because of their Legend Diver Date. I must say i do not think that the in-house developed movement is the fact that necessary for customers. In my opinion a reasonable price to get a watch is a bit more important than the origin of any movement. I have come across others double the price with the very same watch, but this time featuring an in-house movement. It doesn't be the better choice in my opinion. Also, the ETA 2824-2 (like a great many other ETA movements) have a very perfect reputation of being a solid and accurate movement.ConclusionAnd the prior paragraph raises the price of the watch.  Just like the Longines Saint-Imier Retrograde Moon Phases (read my review upon it here), the value is an extremely competitive aspect of this watch. This Longines Legend Diver Date has a retail price of 1540 EUR (within the Netherlands, including 21% VAT).To begin with, I could not believe that this can be the actual asking price. It is rather (very!) competitive to many other replica watches on the market.  Due to this form of money, you may be in a position to buy nice vintage at a lots of other brands, but there's always unique to take into account (chance of expensive repair or maintenance costs, very small diameter) when performing that. If you do not want to think or cherish these aspects and just would like a cool modern watch (with interesting heritage), this Longines Legend Diver Date might work for you.Pros- interesting heritage - competitive price - pretty dial - super compressor case - finish of dial an accidents - comfortable strapCons- date aperture disturbs dial design (you will find a No Date inside the pre-owned circuit)Longines Legend Diver Date L3.674.4.50.0 SpecificationsCase: Type: Super Compressor Diameter: 42mm Material: Stainless steel WR: 300 meters / 30 bar Crystal: dome sapphire with AR coatingDial: Black lacquered Polished hands Super Luminova on hour markers and handsStrap: Black synthetic fabric, felt-lining, steel buckle with Longines logoMovement: Longines caliber L633 (ETA2824-2), 28 watches .800 bph, 38 hours of power reserveFunctions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, inner diving bezelMore information: www.longines.com