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Longines Conquest ‘Munich’ Monopusher ref. 8612-1

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THE NITTY GRITTY

Maker: Longines
Model: Conquest Chronograph ‘Munich’  ref. 8612-1
Functions: Monopusher chronograph
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Width: 36.5mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Crystal: plexiglass
Lume: Yes, tritium
Lug Width: 18mm
Box/Papers: N/A
Year: 1972

CONDITION REPORT

Case is sharp and features a -hard to describe- finishing to the steel, which is reminiscent of a brushed finishing, but not quite. The dial, the true protagonist here, is in great original condition. Some marks can be seen around the “Conquest” lettering under magnification and are hard to appreciate on the wrist. It still maintains the original applied tritium on the markers, which glows under UV light and rapidly fades thereafter. The hands are white painted, which contrasts beautifully with the dark blue dial. This watch doens’t have any seconds hand, but only a chronograph hand which is fully lumed with matching tritium. At 3 we can see the 30 minute chronograph counter. The movement, a Longines cal. R.236 (produced by Valjoux and modified by Longines), is working perfectly and without any flaws; the bridge on the movement should’ve been signed Longines, which indicates that at some point it was replaced. The crown is not original. The chronograph works with only one pusher, the one at 3: push one time to start the chronograph, another one to stop it and a third time to reset it.

This watch has been seen in different variations of dials and casebacks. All of which are original, this one features the plain back and not the Munich Olympics signed one.

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Description

If this watch isn’t full of history, I don’t know what is. Longines launched this watch in 1972 to celebrate their achievement in becoming the official Olympic co-timekeepers (along with Junghans) -taking the spot from their direct competitors, Omega-.

The blue dial is simply amazing. The white lettering really contrasts with the colors chosen by Longines and the chronograph hand (which usually is more orange-ish colored) has turned into a deeper yellow that really meshes together the whole set of colors.

Wether you like chronographs or stopwatches, this watch does it all. Pop it on the wrist and you have an amazing monopusher movement. Take it off and put it in your hand and it’s ready to operate as a stopwatch!