What's so special about the watch?
It's a tragic story, this one. Longines had been the official time keeper for the first Olympics held in Germany after the second World War. The games were touted to be a hopeful affair, with messaging emphasizing on joy and new beginnings. This all went south after terrorists targeted the games and took lives in what is now known as the 'Munich Massacre'.
What are the functions of the watch?
Time only, with a monopusher chronographer measuring up to 30 minutes.
Let me tell you about the case...
The watch was made to commemorate Longines' appointment as official timekeeper for the 1974 Olymic Games, and the design cues on this watch's case show hints of its intent - the large round case is solidly built with emphasis on the dial, thin smooth bezel encircling and protruding outwards from the lugs.
Its lugs are designed to stick out strongly from the case, mimicking the bolted ends of a pocketwatch conversion and giving the watch an overall mechanical feel to it. This version has a notch down the middle to separate the ends of the lugs; there is also another variant that has flushed, straight lugs that support strap and nato wear better.
The pusher sticks out at 2, eagerly inviting itself to be pressed down to activate the chronograph. A large crown with deep coin edge accompanies the pusher along the thin edge of the watch's right side.
The casback is engraved with the Olympics hallmark, and text staking Longines' claim as official timer. The serial number of the watch is pressed down onto the other engravings almost as an afterthought - something I feel could have been improved on.
And now the dial...
The navy blue dial (this watch also comes in white and a brighter blue) has a sandy surface to it - the kind that I really like on a vintage watch. The design traits of an Olympic timekeeper continues on the dial with a thick minute track allowing for accurate tracking of elapsed seconds and minutes. The Tachymetre markings are also given prominance and more breathing space as compared to markings on other chronographs.
The hour indices are large rectangular blocks slathered with tritium lume, which in this watch's case has matured / patina'd into a dark milk tea tint. Delicious, and don't take my word for it - the photos will tell. Printed in white on the dial are also the Longines and Conquest branding.
While the large 30-minute register takes up real estate, the watch dial is peculiarly balanced in nature, thanks to the lack of the cursed date window.
Let's not forget the hands...
A bright orange chronograph hand (it's a little aged on this example) keeps your eye where it's supposed to. But if you're looking to tell the time with this watch, Longines makes it easy with broad white hands which a thin slit of lume.
"Scruffy" - 1972 Longines Conquest Monopusher Ref.8612-1
This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; 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.
- Hour and minute hands with orange center sweep chronogaph hands and 30-minute sub-register
- Blue matte dial
- 36mm stainless steel case
- 42mm lug-to-lug
- 18mm lug width
- Longines Manual Winding Calibra 334
- Acrylic crystal
- Watch is delivered with its original bracelet, not featured in photos
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