This year Longines introduced a retro timepiece inspired by the company’s first diving watch that dates back to 1959.
The Skin Diver is part of the Longines Heritage collection and comes in a 42 mm steel case with a prominent screw-locked crown and water-resistance to 300 meters. As you can see in the photo above the dial has a black matte grained finish with a printed Explorer-style dial that mixes Arabic numerals with indices. A large silvered Arrow-shaped hand indicates the hours, a Sword-shaped hand points to minutes, and a steel baton hand sweeps the dial every 60-seconds. The dial, which is clean and free of a date display is protected by an appropriate vintage-style domed crystal.
Straight, non-beveled lugs with polished sides and case flanks, are contrasted by the satin-brushed surface on the top of the lugs and the black matte rotating unidirectional dive bezel, which has a PVD finish. The engraved dive scale is painted in the same color as the beige (faux lume) on the dial and hands.
Driving the hours, minutes, and seconds is an ETA caliber L888.2 which beats at an unusual 3.5Hz (25,200 vph) and has a power reserve of 64-hours, which is not visible to the wearer as it’s protected by a solid steel screwed caseback.
You can have the Skin Diver on the tropical style rubber strap (as shown), a medium brown contrasting black threaded two-stitch leather strap, or a steel Milanese mesh bracelet.
Retail is $2,600.