LONGINES, DIVER, REF. 7042, FIRST SERIES, cross hatched crowns
ICONEEK price: 9’800.- CHF
Iconeek is proud to introduce here a highly rare and very attractive, oversized, 42 mm stainless steel automatic diver's wristwatch with sweep center seconds, black dial and rotating inner bezel: The Longines SuperCompressor Diver Automatic. Undoubtedly the creator of some of the most beautiful and coveted vintage chronographs, Longines also has a lesser known history in dive watches of which the present 7042 is a smashing example. The present reference 7042 from 1960 is one of Longines' earliest dive watches with inner rotating bezel. Produced only few years, the present watch paved the path to the success Longines encountered in dive watches.
Delivered in 1960, the present watch is from the first series of Longines' diver's wristwatch, fitted with the automatic cal. 19AS movement. Preserved in very good and original condition, the watch still retains its large crowns with grids. Under the thick plexiglass crystal, we find a highly attractive original black dial, signed « Swiss » at the bottom, with luminous hands, a sweep center second, painted luminous Arabic numerals, an inner revolving black disc with decompression time, calibrated for 60 units. The model has a two-body construction: a large 42 mm, water-resistant to 100m, SuperCompressor (EPSA) tonneau-shaped stainless steel case with large crown at 2 for inner revolving bezel, large winding crown at 4 in the band, screwed case back centered by the emblem of a diver holding a harpoon. The case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez SA (EPSA), patented in 1956, a so called “super compressor” case, whereby the deeper the watch went, the tighter the back sealed against the gasket. Dozens of other brands released dive watches with SuperCompressor cases, the most notable being Jaeger-LeCoultre, Universal Genève, and IWC. ESPA ceased production of the SuperCompressor case in the 1970s. The inner bezel is original and correct with 3 dots between 15 instead, see advertising, of 4 dots as observed on earlier bezels.
Inside ticks a caliber Longines 19AS, without date, nickel-finished, with straight line lever escapement, 20 jewels. Caliber 19A, 18000 bph, was launched in 1952, with 17 jewels / subdial seconds at 6:00. It was Longines’s first self-winding movement made in house. Two year later, in 1954, caliber 19AS appears with 18 jewels and an indirect center sweep seconds (driven by an additional wheel in the train). Caliber 290, 19800 bph, was launched in 1958. Dial, case and movement are signed. According to the Archives of Montres Longines Francillon SA, the present watch, with serial number 11’016’174, was invoiced to the company Joyerias which was the company's agent for Venezuela, on June, 21st 1960. A similar model, however fitted with cal. 290, is illustrated in Longines Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 298 & 299.
There are times when a collector should not hesitate when opportunity presents itself, and finding one of Longines’ rarest vintage timepieces in appealing condition is a chance that will not present itself often. The present Longines diver is, a great vintage diver from Longines, and it looks even better on the wrist. The SuperCompressor diver is perhaps one of the most sought-after vintage Longines.
Oversized, rare, desirable, impressive on the wrist, with nice condition gloss black dial, clear and distinct gilt printing, a truly great collectible vintage model
Condition: 8.5/10, extremely good vintage overall condition, without dings or dents, original cross hatched crowns, dial patinated, free of damaged, in working condition, overhaul recommended
Model: Diver, Automatic, First Generation
Reference: 7042, First Generation
Material: stainless steel, Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA) case
Movement no: 11’016’174
Case no.: -
Dial: matte black dial, luminous hands, painted Arabic numerals
Movement: cal. 19AS, automatic, 19 jewels
Bracelet: black Nato strap
Functions: self-winding, sweep center second
Water-resistant: at the time, 100m.
Dimensions: 42 mm diam, thickness 15.20 mm.
Accessories: Longines Extract from the Archives
Ref. ICO: 99-18-133