Longines trace their origins back to 1832, and the values of tradition, elegance and performance are key to the brands identity and design. This year, Longines are celebrating their 185th anniversary with the 'On This Day' campaign – to find out what happened, click here for the Longines' history. We are telling our favourite stories too, with the 'Longines Time Machine' video series.

6 watches that tell the history of Longines dive watches in the ’60s and ’70s

history of Longines dive watches

Longines is one of the more successful and storied Swiss watch manufacturers over its lengthy history, which dates all the way back to 1832. But when most of us think of vintage Longines, we think of beautifully proportioned dress watches from the 1950s and their critical contribution to pilots watches from the early ’30s. In short, we sometimes overlook the important history of Longines dive watches. In fact, several horological underwater firsts are attributed to the Saint-Imier based brand, including the original water resistant chronograph back in 1937. In that spirit, today we’ll be taking a closer look at a few important dive watches that tell this part of Longines history, showcasing several pieces that we were lucky enough to handle from the Longines Museum Collection, which focus around the golden age of the dive watch around the ’60s and ’70s. Super-Compressor Longines Diver’s watch, ref. 7042 First up, let’s take a look at the original watch that the contemporary Longines Legend Diver is based on: the Super-Compressor Longines Diver’s watch, ref. 7042. This 42mm watch was first produced in 1959 together with the case making firm Piquerez SA, which helped execute the double-crown design that is still closely linked… Read More

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VIDEO: A short history of Longines dive watches in the glorious ’60s

history of Longines dive watches

Longines is well known for producing important pilot’s watches in the 1930s and gorgeous dress watches in the ’50s. But one area that’s sometimes overlooked, is Longines’ impressive track record with dive watches. From as early as 1937, Longines was making strides in the race to make a functional and truly water-resistant watch when they developed the world’s first underwater chronograph, complete with flyback mechanism. A couple of decades later, they came up with another sub-aquatic innovation, releasing their first double-crown super compressor style case in 1959 with the reference 7042. This history continued over the ’60s and early ’70s, with many different references of diving chronographs and time-only divers that featured an array of different case manufacturing techniques as well as types of caliber within. This is a history that continues to this day with popular models such as the Longines Legend Diver and the more contemporary Longines Hydroconquest.  When it comes to diving watches, Longines are still making a big splash. Made in partnership with Longines. However, the opinions expressed in this article are our own in accordance with our Editorial Policy.

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There’s a new Tank in town: The Longines DolceVita adds sector dials to its range

Longines DolceVita

Earlier this year, Longines added two new Art Deco sector dialled automatic watches to their DolceVita Collection. The collection is the brand’s answer to a classically styled Tank-shaped watch. These new iterations translated the design of their Heritage Classic Sector Dial into the more dressy confines of a DolceVita. As the watches have started to hit boutiques and authorized dealers, I decided to take closer look at what Longines is offering here. After a few calls, I tracked down the new references to the Westfield World Trade Center Mall in New York City. Within its confines exists the Longines Boutique, which currently is the only location in the city that had the four references I was interested in viewing. Once inside, I got to spend a few minutes with each, trying to get a better sense of wearability and sizing. The Case First came the smaller version. L5.757.4.73.0 on a black leather strap and L5.757.4.73.6 on a bracelet. Coming in at a width of 27.7 mm and a lug-to-lug of 43.8 mm, I immediately realised the the watch wears closer to a long rectangle than a tank. Furthermore, when viewed from its side, you can see a continuous curve from… Read More

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6 watches that tell the history of Longines dive watches in the ’60s and ’70s

history of Longines dive watches

Longines is one of the more successful and storied Swiss watch manufacturers over its lengthy history, which dates all the way back to 1832. But when most of us think of vintage Longines, we think of beautifully proportioned dress watches from the 1950s and their critical contribution to pilots watches from the early ’30s. In short, we sometimes overlook the important history of Longines dive watches. In fact, several horological underwater firsts are attributed to the Saint-Imier based brand, including the original water resistant chronograph back in 1937. In that spirit, today we’ll be taking a closer look at a few important dive watches that tell this part of Longines history, showcasing several pieces that we were lucky enough to handle from the Longines Museum Collection, which focus around the golden age of the dive watch around the ’60s and ’70s. Super-Compressor Longines Diver’s watch, ref. 7042 First up, let’s take a look at the original watch that the contemporary Longines Legend Diver is based on: the Super-Compressor Longines Diver’s watch, ref. 7042. This 42mm watch was first produced in 1959 together with the case making firm Piquerez SA, which helped execute the double-crown design that is still closely linked… Read More

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The best 21st birthday watches for every budget

21st birthday watches

Twenty-first birthdays mean different things around the world. It could mean your first legal drink in America, graduating college, or even starting a new job or internship. The common thread is that you are full on adulting now, and at Time+Tide we believe part of being a grown-up is having a trusted wristwatch strapped to your wrist. We get it: watches are not something that anyone absolutely needs in the era of the modern pocket watch – the smartphone. But we also know that many of you still want one anyway, as they stir up a practical and emotional connection with their wearer – an artistic utility that serves as a form of expression on your wrist. At the age of 21, however, I believe the best avenue to travel down is what I call the “robust elegance” category. Sporty watches that have a bit or formal flair, which means they can be highly versatile and survive both foam and formal parties. Therefore we have assembled a list of 21st birthday watches that fit the bill, from least to most expensive, whether you want to gift one to a loved one or even gift one to yourself. Hamilton Khaki Field… Read More

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#Kixntix: Pack up your duffel bag and head on safari with the khaki green Longines Spirit

Longines Spirit

The term amalgamation is not particularly sexy, but nonetheless the recipe of success for the Longines Spirit collection. While the brand’s Hydroconquest range is all about cool modernity and the Heritage series revels in vintage delight, the Spirit offers an artful blend of past and present. On one hand there’s the perfectly sized 40mm steel case that’s brushed, with a swathe of sharp polished chamfer bringing a dynamic to the case sides and a proper twinkle in the sun. That same light-catching trick is repeated in the smooth bezel, and this frames  the aforementioned amalgamation of a dial. And believe me, in this case (sorry) that’s a compliment equivalent to the five stars above 6 o’clock. The three stylistic directions of pilot, field and military are inextricably linked in the Spirit, yet somehow brought together in a contemporary way. The exquisitely bevelled case with its broad lugs and big crown says field watch, while the white lacquered vintage hands brings a touch of a military or pilot’s tool. With its stepped design from detailed minute track to a smooth dial with applied numerals, and popping diamond indexes cut into the minute chapter ring, it speaks a refined language perfect for… Read More

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Public service announcement: How to buy a watch if you’re stuck in the Sydney lockdown

Much like the many-headed Hydra that Hercules was sent to kill in the Greek legends, the coronavirus pandemic is a beast that just won’t go away. Just when one head has been cut off, two more grow back in its place. As a result of this multifaceted challenge, greater Sydney (as well as several other capital cities around the country) has returned to a state of COVID restrictions, which means many businesses have been forced to shut, or only open with limited hours. So if you’re in the Sydney lockdown and you want to buy a watch in the free time you’re now saddled with, what’s the best way to go about it? We spoke to a few brands with boutiques in the Sydney CBD about what to do if you’re looking to add something new to the collection. TAG Heuer The TAG Heuer boutique is located in the centre of Sydney at the corner of Pitt and Market Streets. If you aren’t able to travel there, make sure you contact their customer care phone number at 0466 506 134 to discuss what you’re looking for, or alternatively purchase your watch through their online store. IWC Launched a couple of… Read More

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