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Original steel buckle
Longines Conquest Ref. 9035
Longines is a Swiss luxury watchmaker founded in 1832, known for its elegant and timeless designs. The brand is renowned for its precision and accuracy in timekeeping, having served as the official timekeeper for various sports events. Longines’ collections range from classic dress watches to sporty chronographs, offering something for every style and occasion.
This specific Longines is truly something special. As it features a power reserve, which was quite uncommon at that time. The layout of the dial is very intriguing due to the mirror indices and minute track.
Executed in a very wearable 35mm and executed width a date complication making it also very practical. And to make things even better, it comes with the original box and clasp.
Come and experience this watch at Reestraat 3 Amsterdam
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It was back in 1832 in St. Imier that we find the roots of Longines. The house was founded by Auguste Agassiz and is currently under ownership of the Swatch Group. The brand would get its recognizable winged hour glass logo in 1889. It is the world’s oldest registered trademark.
Longines is currently very active in equestrian sports, but its heritage is predominantly in aviation. In 1927, the brand manufactured the 47mm Weems avigation (aviation navigation) watch in cooperation with Philip Van Horn Weems. Four years later, an hour angle watch for aerial navigation was developed in cooperation with Charles Lindbergh. A smaller Weems watch, measuring 33mm’s was introduced in 1937.
Note that this is long before the days of GPS or other automated navigation tools. Navigating your way through the sky was an extremely complex affair that required specialist tools like a Weems or Hour angle watch.
Throughout both world wars, Longines supplied military watches. They were one of the Dirty Dozen suppliers during late WWII. You will also find examples of the caged WWI trench watches in Longines’ archives.
Over the decades, Longines committed to many different genres of watches. From dress watches to chronographs and from pilot’s watches to divers. Today, its 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s dress watches are a a great entry point into vintage watch collecting. All the heritage and quality you could desire, but still relatively attainable. Once you get sucked into the brand though, there are all sorts of exotic and rare collectibles to be found.
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