The UK Swiss Fake Longines Legend Diver, Now With Gradient Blue or Brown Dial

The brand with the Winged Hourglass has many emblematic models in its collection, most of them being found in the praised Heritage line. Yet, few can rival the longevity and beauty of the cheap fake Longines Legend Diver, one of the watches that defined the vintage-inspired collection of the brand and that is still a strong pillar in the portfolio. Since its introduction in 2007, this compressor-inspired watch has undergone several updates, visual or mechanical, and even went bronze, full black-coated or gold recently. For 2021, the collection is enlarged with colourful dials. We go hands-on with the new Longines Legend Diver with Gradient Blue or Gradient Brown dials.

The top quality replica Longines Legend Diver, or LLD for its fans, has been modelled after an important vintage watch that Longines created back in the late 1960s, when professional and recreational dive watches were a growing trend, and when this specific type of case architecture was seen as a great alternative to the standard construction for dive watches. The LLD is a faithful recreation of a dive watch created by Longines in 1959, the Ref. 7042. This watch was typical of the compressor concept, with twin crowns and an internal rotating bezel, but also an oversized case and an elegant black dial with painted Arabic numerals and elongated minute markers.
In 2007, Longines relied on this handsome design to create a watch that will become one of the most important models in its ever-growing Heritage collection, the Longines Legend Diver. First a no-date watch, it featured a glossy black dial that was almost a 1:1 reproduction Longines watch, a 42mm steel case with 300m water-resistance, the same compressor architecture with internal rotating bezel and overall, a design that will be immediately seen as a success. In 2012, Longines decided to add a date to its LLD, which made the no-date model even more appealing. Several variations around the concept have been introduced, such as 36mm editions or a black PVD-coated model with a textured rubber strap. Also, the standard ETA movement has been upgraded with more modern mechanics, with anti-magnetic properties and extended power reserve.
THE NEW GRADIENT LONGINES LEGEND DIVER
As of now, the Swiss movement copy Longines Legend Diver is a watch that we’ve mostly seen in black – whether in classic steel or with a PVD-coated case. The brand has done, however, several attempts for colourful editions, with a tobacco brown or a white mother-of-pearl version of the downsized 36mm model. Also, the recent bronze edition paved the way for colours, featuring a (handsome yet relatively discreet) gradient green dial. But as for the 42mm stainless steel version, it was until recently black… or black.
Things change, as the Longines Legend Diver collection is enlarged this year with two new watches, part of the permanent portfolio (non-limited editions), with colourful gradient dials in blue – a classic of the dive watch world – and a bolder but still rather relevant brown option.
First, what remains. The case for these new gradient LLDs is untouched. This means a fairly large watch with a 42mm diameter, made of polished stainless steel. The LLD is a watch with a true personality, due to the special architecture of its case. Framing an ultra-domed sapphire crystal is a thin bezel, making this an elegant and restrained diver’s watch, due to the absence of an external bezel. The right side of the Longines copy watch for sale is equipped with two crowns, both with a grid pattern, one actuating the rotating bezel and the other one used to adjust the movement. Proportions of the watch are to be taken into account, as the height is substantial at 13.5mm and the lug-to-lug measurement, well over 50mm, can’t go unnoticed. Still, the case is cleverly constructed, with most of the height absorbed by the domed caseback and crystal, and the caseband remaining fairly thin.


No evolutions regarding the specifications. Thanks to the screw-down crowns and caseback, the watch is water-resistant to 300m and offers strong diving credentials – even though the compressor architecture isn’t the most practical of them all and is today more a design statement (a very nice design for sure…) The back is decorated with a diver’s emblem. Despite the large case, the vintage feeling is strong and the watch exudes this unique 1960s feeling that has always been the main argument of the LLD. The overall built quality is, as you’d expect from Longines, fully satisfying.
What really matters for these 2021 editions are the dials. As for the basics, no major evolutions. All the elements – fonts, tracks, markers, logos and hands – are identical to the classic black-and-steel model, and so is the glossy surface of the dial and its internal bezel – not the most practical in real life, as it brings quite some reflections, but still it does look quite cool. Also, and maybe sadly for some, the date window is still present. The bronze model, which got rid of the date, gave us some hope. But these new colourful steel editions stick to the time-and-date display. For the rest, we find back the elongated markers, the 12-6-9 Arabic numerals and the typical hands, with arrow hour and baton minute hands. The amount of SLN is quite limited on this dial though, once again confirming the casual, and not professional vocation of the LLD.
Inside the case of these new 1:1 fake Longines Legend Diver models is the proprietary calibre L888.5 (base ETA A31.L11). This time-and-date automatic movement is based on the architecture of the ETA 2892, however, the brand has applied multiple upgrades. While the frequency is now 3.5Hz, the power reserve has been extended to 64 hours. Also, the regulating organ is fitted with a silicon balance spring offering anti-magnetic properties and long-term accuracy. This allows the brand to offer a 5-year warranty.
To complement the dials, these new Longines Legend Diver are worn on matching straps – both 22mm in width. The blue edition comes on a blue structured leather strap with steel pin buckle. The gradient brown edition is fitted with a vintage light brown leather strap with steel pin buckle.

What a Year! Reviewing the UK Swiss Fake Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar

In 2020, our extended test examined an annual calendar from fake Longines, a mix of elegance and superior functionality at a great price. Our test of the Annual Calendar from the Longines Master Collection took place over a period of several months.
Some people, due to superstition, regard leap years as catastrophic. Better to wait before building a house or getting married. For them, a leap year, like anything deviating from the norm, is unlucky. Some rogue, then, must have scheduled our photo shoot for the Annual Calendar from the Longines Master Collection, our test watch, for leap day — Feb. 29, 2020.

But a so-called “annual calendar” has nothing to do with a leap year and day. In contrast to a perpetual calendar, it does not recognize the length of the month of February in any year, whether it’s a leap year or not. But for the rest of the year — from March 1 to February 28 or 29, depending — it does everything right. So, it’s a practical and, not least of all, more economical alternative to a perpetual calendar.
The stainless steel case fake Longines Master L2.910.4.92.6 Annual Calendar is priced at $2,425. Omega’s Aqua Terra Annual Calendar is $8,400; IWC’s Portugieser Annual Calendar is $20,900; and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus with Annual Calendar can be had for $50,270. The most economical perpetual calendar appears to be the Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture from Frederique Constant at $8,795. Jaeger-LeCoultre offers its Master Ultra Thin Perpetual for $21,100 and other brands are more expensive.

The Annual Calendar Year Begins on March 1
It’s Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, and it’s not yet clear what this leap year might bring. It’s springtime in southern Italy. On this day — or no later than the next — an annual calendar needs manual correction. No problem at all with the copy Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar. Simply pull out the fluted crown to the middle position and turn the quick-date adjustment counterclockwise. When advancing the date from (non-existent) February 31 to March 1, the month indication will also advance automatically. This is surprisingly easy and convenient. If you’ve set aside the watch for a period of time and need to reset the calendar, the month can be adjusted independently of the date by pulling the crown to the middle position and turning it clockwise. This operation is simple and safe to do at any time.
The following month of March ends with us working from our home office. Unspectacular, but unforgettable in 2020. While the visible date change on the best quality replica Longines Master Annual Calendar begins about half an hour before midnight, the month disk begins moving only a few minutes before and then advances in tandem precisely at midnight.

One month later we dared go outside. The advancement of the blue dial copy Longines Annual Calendar from April 30 to May 1 was the first exciting thing to happen this year because the Annual Calendar knows the difference between a short month with 30 days and a long month with 31 days. Like every normal date shift, initially the date advances (with a brief start-up phase) close to midnight on (non-existent) April 31. Then, it looks like nothing is happening at all even though the calendar mechanism is most certainly active. But then — right after 3:00 a.m. — the month disk slowly begins to move, which is hard to see since the hour hand is directly over the month display.
Around 5:00 a.m. the month and date advance to the new position, May 1. As usual, the date disk begins its movement about 30 minutes beforehand.
There was no real need to touch the Swiss movement replica Longines Annual Calendar at the end of April, but we pulled out the crown to the hand-setting position anyway to adjust the watch to the exact second. Over the period of two months on the wrist, the watch gained around a minute, which translates to only about 1.2 seconds per day — exceptionally good, even without a chronometer certificate. The timing machine recorded deviations of even less than 1 minute per day, which confirmed the results of our wearing test.

The ETA automatic Caliber A31.L81, a version of the ETA 2892, provides these good rate results. It is produced exclusively for Longines and is known here as the L897.2. Its balance wheel oscillates at a rate of 25,200 beats per hour, equal to 3.5 Hz — a frequency that one now often sees from exclusive Swatch Group ETA designs since it provides an extended power reserve of more than 60 hours rather than the 48 hours seen with conventional ETA movements.
The movement is housed in a simply elegant stainless-steel case, for which the Longines brand and its Master Collection are known. The Swiss movement replica Longines Master was created in 2005 and combines the simple elegance of a dress watch with traditional watchmaking, which is expressed in various complications such as an annual calendar. In contrast to versions with barleycorn dials and Roman or Arabic numerals, the blue sunburst finish and indexes on the dial gave our test watch a truly updated look. Polished anodized hands and 12 angular applied hour markers provide a nice contrast and good legibility in different lighting conditions — but only during the day. There is no luminous material on the dial, which gives it a more elegant appearance.
A steep, narrow bezel further enhances the look and highlights the dial. It is part of a three-part polished case that is attached to a triple-link stainless-steel bracelet with fixed lugs — not a perfect transition. These components also scratched easily over the four months of our test. Otherwise, it should be easy to wear this best 1:1 copy Longines throughout the year. The annual calendar mechanism functions perfectly and if you wear the watch all the time, you shouldn’t need to correct it very often. It lies elegantly and comfortably on the wrist and like any dress watch, it will fit under a shirt cuff. To shorten the strap, there are screwed attachments at the end of the bracelet for adjustment and a sophisticated double folding clasp.