The 30-second summary.
Vintage Longines watches have got to be the epitome of the classic dress watch. Risen from the ashes is their Heritage line of watches, but the keen collector knows to search where the stream starts - high up in the alpen heights of the Conquest models from the 1950s and 1960s.
What's so special about the watch?
The Conquest line of watches represent a respectable series of dress watches. Fitted with the best that Longines had to offer in terms of movement and design, the slim watches must be the most impressive dress watches you can find at an affordable price point.
This particular watch has two things that make it stand out - the unusual date at 12'O, and the inner "railroad" ring.
What are the functions of the watch?
Time and date.
Let me tell you about the case...
The gold capped case has slim slender lugs that sits itself comfortably on the wrist, nothing like the chunky pseudo dress watches of the modern era. The slim lugs carry onto the slim bezel, which is a good things because it leaves so much room for us to admire the dial.
This particular watch has a case that's very well taken care of. It's free of major scratches; one would find it hard pressed to see any visible scratch or dink in this one. I've also always preferred gold capped cases to gold filled ones - solid gold really retains that shine and heft regardless of age (AU doesn't tarnish).
So the excellent condition of the case allows you to see the bevels on the lugs and bezel - nice angular edges that play with the light. And on the caseback is the iconic medallion with the enamel. The one on this watch is a green fish, which signifies a gold-capped or gold-filled case. Solid gold cases have blue enamel.
And now the dial...
Freckles, rings, and all things pristine. With applied markers that bling in the sun. This dial has got to be one of the most visually captivating ones you'll see.
The thin bezel is replicated on the dial with a railroad that links all the long stick indices and has its terminal at the date window at 12'O. Small hash marks are printed on the outside of the ring to enable accurate time reading, with the same dark grey print used for the Longies name and Conquest branding at 6'O.
One interesting detail that's sometimes overlooked are the three rectangular lume blocks at 3, 6, and 9'O. With them and the different types of finishes - vertical brushes down the gold tone dial, a polished inner ring with applied indices - make this dial something people will gawk at.
Let's not forget the hands...
The Conquest line of watches is signified by a pair of syringe hands, straight long blocks with long slender needles. The one on the hour hand scrapes the end of each hour index while the one on the minute hand extends as far as the outer ring of the railroad. OCD-approved. The sweeping seconds hand is in the same gold as the other hands, and is the same length as the minute hashes. Very cool.
"Shane" - 1960s Longines Conquest Ref. 9026 "Railroad"
- Central sweeping hour, minute and seconds
- Freckled linen brushed sector dial with applied gold markers
- Longines cal.19ASD automatic movement @ 21,000vph
- 34mm gold-capped stainless steel case
- 43mm lug-to-lug
- 18mm lug width
- Acrylic crystal with cyclops window at 12'O
- Signed crown
- Screw-on case back with factory engraving and enamel gold medallion
- Aftermarket green lizard 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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