What's so special about the watch?
This watch is the poster boy of a vintage watch - solid yellow gold case, thick caseback with enamel, no date, a solid brand full of heritage, beautiful markers, and a dial with so much freckles. To die for.
To be honest, I have not seen a dial as awesome as this one. Away from the Pie Pans and DateJusts and Seikos, this freckled gentleman is honest and elegant at the same time. A solid gold watch definitely feels different on your wrist, and one with such a dial makes it a whole lot more awesome.
Match it with a light brown leather strap, a deep dressy black, or a shiny gold milanese like I did - you're going to enjoy it equally all the same.
What are the functions of the watch?
Let me tell you about the case...
The way this case was designed you'd think that Longines knew that the dial will age to be this marvellous art piece. The case sits larger than its 34mm width due to the thin bezel, and the choice of an 18mm lug width makes it all the more wider.
The lugs are not connected seamlessly to the bezel, leaving a slight decorative gap that seperates the short downward twists from the dome crystal, magnifying the dial even more.
The art continues at the back with the emblematic Longines wave and night sky in blue enamel. Not to stinge on the quality, Longines made this case with a generous amount of 18k yellow gold, lending it quite the amount of weight on your wrist.
And now the dial...
I'll come out and say it - I love freckles. They to me are the absolute symbol of genuineness - randomly developed spots of age sprinkled across a dial uniterrupted by date windows or needless embellishment. This guy is the world under a loupe, with so much to look at and appreciate.
Once you get past the freckles (take your time), you'll notice the gold outer ring, onto which the gold indices sit. Taped, faceted and oh so glorious is each index, with the 12, 3, 6, and 9 slightly pointed towards the dial center. Together with the sector ring, the indices catch and play with light, giving passerbys something to look at.
The minutes are marked with black digits, each 5-minute marker a thicker block compared to the thin dashes of the others. 12, 3, 6, and 9 again stand out, this time having their block markers painted on the outside.
The Longines wings are applied at 12'O, with Automatic and Conquest finely painted in the characteristic Longines cursive.
Let's not forget the hands...
A pair of dauphine hands, a thin strip of lume down the middle, circle the dial accompanied by a tapered sweeping seconds hands in the same yellow gold hue.
"Freckles" - 1960s 18KYG Longines Conquest 9001
- Central sweeping hour, minute and seconds
- Freckled sector dial with applied gold markers
- Longines cal.19AS automatic movement @ 21,000vph
- 34mm 18k solid yellow gold case
- 41mm lug-to-lug
- 18mm lug width
- Acrylic crystal
- Signed crown
- Screw-on case back with factory engraving
- Aftermarket gold plated milanese strap
This watch will be shipped via FedEx International Door-to-Door.
This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. Buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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