Vintage Longines Super Compressor Diver ref.7494-2 c.1966.

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The Watch
 
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There were countless tool watches developed by Longines for specialized purposes in the 1960s and '70s and this Longines 7494-2 Diver is the most iconic of them all.
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In order to guarantee an extraordinary water resistance, Longines powered this reference with the new 42mm “Super Compressor” case patented by the case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez. Through this innovative case, the deeper the watch went the tighter the case back sealed against the gasket. The two hatched crowns are a sign that the super-compressor cases used to guarantee its water-resistance, initially up to 200 meters deep 

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Longines recently re-launched this dive watch, initially introduced in 1959; the "new" Legend Diver remained faithful to the original in terms of size and design. Here, you get one of the original models, an example from 1966.  Its 42 mm size makes it extremely relevant nowadays and it looks fantastic on the dark green NATO style strap.

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The watch itself is in very nice, honest condition. We decided to keep the original crystal with scratches, as it gives the watch a nice character and keeps the Originality true. 

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View this Diver in a video: here 

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The Specs


Age: c.1966.
Reference: 7494-2.
Movement: Automatic with Centre seconds.
Calibre: 290.
Timekeeping: Very Good.
Service History: Fully Professionally Serviced April 2023.
Dial: Original Longines Factory Tritium Dial.
Case: Stainless Steel.
Measurements:  without/with Crown: 42mm/44.2mm End to End: 52mm
Bezel: Inner Rotating Bezel, controlled by top crown.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original.
Crystal: Original.
Crown: Original Hatched Crown.
Strap/Bracelet: On a new 22mm Green NATO Style Strap with Gun Metal features.
Lug Width: 22mm


Getting Acquainted

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Bits that stand out:
- Legendary Diver.
- Fantastic quality Movement.
- All Original.(bar strap).
- Large Steel 42mm Case.
-Hatched Crowns.

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Nitty Gritty:
-Scratches to the Original Crystal.
-Scratches throughout the Case.

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Overall this Longines is in very nice honest condition.
The Dial is in very nice condition.
The Steel Case is in good condition with scratches throughout.
The Caseback Diver Icon is in good shape.
Original Crown.
Crystal is Original and is scratched throughout.
Original Hands are in good nick.