Longines gives new life to its first diver watch by introducing The Longines Skin Diver Watch
In homage to the watchmaking tradition it has carried on for more than 185 years, Longines has chosen to revisit the historical pieces that helped solidify its international reach. Now, the winged hourglass brand is bringing its first diver watch – a 1959 timepiece – back to life. The Longines Skin Diver Watch reflects the sleek aesthetic of the original model while offering high-performing, contemporary technical features. This new watch is an enthusiastic tribute to the timelessness of the Saint-Imier watchmaker’s creations and its ability to spotlight history through art and elegance.
The Longines historic collection regularly serves as the brand’s inspiration for the creation of new models, in particular its Heritage re-editions. Now, Longines is breathing new life into its first diver watch, a 1959 piece that was introduced at a time when water sports were becoming extremely popular. Reliable and elegant, the model would be a great success among diving enthusiasts. The Longines Skin Diver Watch derives its essence from this emblematic timepiece that made an important mark on the company’s history.
This new creation preserves the spirit and clean lines of the original model while benefiting from the brand’s watchmaking expertise. It features high-performing, contemporary technical characteristics, such as sapphire crystal, a screwed-in crown and back for water resistance up to 300 metres, and a highly reliable automatic L888 calibre, produced exclusively for Longines.
The Longines Skin Diver Watch features the sober aesthetic typical of diver watches. Its 42mm steel case is characterised by its striking unidirectional bezel coated in black PVD and enhanced with markers, including a luminescent triangle, which serves as the main indicator for calculating immersion time. Its grained black dial, topped with domed sapphire crystal, features indexes, Arabic numerals and hands covered in Super LumiNova to ensure optimal reading of time in line with the demands of the discipline. Like the original model, a stamped logo illustrating a diver adorns the back of this piece. Customers can choose between a black rubber strap with a criss-crossed finish, a Milanese-style steel bracelet or a natural brown leather strap to complete the look of this characterful watch.
The Longines Skin Diver Watch will delight fans of water sports who want to wear a high-performing timepiece but refuse to compromise on elegance.
Reference numbers L2.8188.8.131.52/6/9
Caliber Mechanical self-winding movement,
Calibre L888.2 (ETA A31.L01)
11½ lines, 21 jewels, 25’200 vibrations per hours
Power reserve: 64 hours
Functions Hours, minutes and seconds
Case Round, stainless steel, Æ 42 mm
Unidirectional rotating bezel with black PVD treatment enhanced with indexes, Arabic numerals and a luminescent triangle at 12 o’clock
Screw-down case back and screw-in crown
Embossed diver symbol on case back
Dial Domed grained black dial, 8 indices and 4 Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova®
Hands Polished rhodium-plated with Super-LumiNova®
Water-resistance To 30 bar (300 meters)
Crystal Domed sapphire with several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides
Strap Milanese stainless steel bracelet with triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism
Brown leather strap with diving buckle
Black rubber strap with diving buckle