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Longines Comet Ref. 8475
Mystery dials in the world of horology are something of an enigma. With the exception of Cartier’s fascination with them and the occasional piece from Maurice Lacroix, they remain a rare and elusive form of watchmaking, deliberately crafted to conceal the inner workings of the timepiece. The central concept revolves around hands that appear to float magically, leaving enthusiasts mystified as to the engineering behind this optical illusion.
However, what truly perplexes collectors is the Longines Comet, a timepiece that, in our humble opinion, deserves a place in every serious collector’s repertoire. Introduced in 1970, this watch boasts a distinctive retro cushion case and a selection of vibrant dials, including light blue, navy, yellow, and the exceedingly rare red variant. Longines hit the bullseye with this creation, combining an appealing aesthetic with unexpected complexity.
At first glance, the Longines Comet may seem like a whimsical design, but it conceals a surprising level of sophistication. It tells the time in a unique manner: a broad arrow central hand indicates the hours, while an orbiting dot, aptly named the “Comet,” tracks the minutes. These elements are ingeniously mounted on alternating colored discs positioned between the hour and minute tracks, creating the illusion of weightlessness. All of this is encased in a reasonably sized 40mm stainless steel cushion case.
Inside the Longines Comet ticks the Longines 702 movement, a testament to the brand’s golden era when they produced movements independently of the Swatch Group. While the movement itself is fundamentally in-house and straightforward, Longines added a few extra wheels to facilitate the rotation of the discs. Nonetheless, it remains reliable and, fortunately for collectors, relatively straightforward to service.
In conclusion, the Longines Comet is not just a watch; it’s a testament to the creativity and innovation that can emerge from the world of horology. Its distinctive design, vibrant dials, and intriguing time-telling mechanism make it a true gem for collectors who appreciate both form and function in their timepieces.
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