Hands-On: A Mighty Trio Of Vintage Watches From The Longines Museum

Hands-On: A Mighty Trio Of Vintage Watches From The Longines Museum

1910s Mono-Pusher Chronograph

In numerous ways, this piece from 1919 shows that the hour of pocket watches was not a distant memory. The carries are little and restricted, as they were on the originally changed over wristwatches. Notwithstanding, there is one component that demonstrates a full progress to wristwatches: the crown situation at three o’clock, rather than the 12 o’clock position utilized for pocket watches.

The crown accompanies one mystery, as it is the single control for the chronograph. Prior to Breitling concocted thought to utilize two separate pushers (start/stop for the first and reset for the second), this is the way chronographs all worked. On the off chance that the crown does everything identified with the chronograph, how might somebody set the time? This is the place where the little pusher set above strides in, as holding it down will change the crown to its setting function.

White polish dial with radium numerals.

Tiny setting pusher disguised close to the crown.

This sort of mono-pusher was not confined to Longines, and numerous comparative looking models from Eberhard, Universal Genève, and Vacheron Constantin can be found. The white lacquer dial and house of prayer hands are normal for the mid twentieth century, while the painted numerals are lumed with radium (this was approximately 40 years before the less perilous tritium advanced into watches). The 35mm case is made out of strong 18k gold and has an official’s caseback, which permits you to see the amazing chronograph type 13.33Z.

1960s Longines Conquest Automatic Ref. 9026

The 35mm case may be gold plated here, however no cost was saved in the assembling of the Conquest, which got the most developed programmed types ( type 290 without date , type 291 with date and type 292/294 with date and force save complication ) through the 1960s and furthermore included sumptuous casebacks. The applied lists carry a great deal of equilibrium to the two-tone dial, which shows an appealing reflected ring adjoining the moment track.

The date position at 12 o’clock of the current reference 9026 may be uncommon, yet it truly figures out how to protect the correct equilibrium of the plan, while the past age of Conquest Calendars ( the references 9004, 9005, 9007 and 9008 , all utilizing the type 19ASD ) showed a date window oddly situated close to the focal point of the dial, close to the file at three o’clock. The pinnacle state of the hands is additionally an eccentric component from the vintage Conquest Automatic.

Characteristic finish painting on the caseback.

Unusual date position at 12 o’clock.

The green finish painting on the back shows a treated steel or gold-plated case, while the cases in strong gold get a blue artistic creation of the ocean . This little detail shows the consideration brought to the Conquest line, quite possibly the best from Longines at that point. Along these lines, it comes as nothing unexpected that the Conquest is as yet created right up ’til the present time, and that Longines as of late brought back the vintage plan of the Conquest Calendar (which was even embraced by James Bond’s chief ).

1960s Longines Chronograph Ref. 7412

Longines is especially notable for the lovely chronograph types that it fabricated, and especially the type 13ZN and its development, the 30CH . From 1936 until the 1970s, the two types offered a flyback complication: this permits you to immediately reset the chronograph through a basic push on the lower pusher, rather than halting the chronograph first. While it appears to be a little working change, it is really a complex mechanical alteration, and a fundamental capacity for acquiring the most exact planning of progressive spans (significant in flying route, for instance).

The chronograph reference 7412 depends on the 30CH and was first delivered in the last part of the 1950s. It tends to be found in a few lists from Longines (for the German-talking , English-talking  and Italian-talking markets). There, it is reliably introduced close by the reference 7414, which was practically 40% more costly given its strong gold case (the reference 7412 consistently comes with a hardened steel case ). The square pushers safeguards its dressy picture while the bigger kin reference 7413 in steel shows sportier siphon pushers and a screw-down caseback. 

Very neat scales imprinted on the dial.

Smooth snap caseback, with reference and chronic number engraved on the inside.

As regularly seen on chronographs, the dial shows a few tracks to offer various translations of a deliberate time. The telemeter permits you to compute the separation from an occasion, in light of the speed of sound; it demonstrated exceptionally valuable on front lines to figure how far an ordnance battery was, from the distinction between the obvious glimmer of the cannon terminating, and the second one heard the sound. The Base 1,000 tachymeter has a more tranquil mission, as it serves to sort out the speed of a moving item between two set focuses. Consequently, in the event that you make one mile in 30 seconds, you can in a flash peruse your 100 mph speed on the watch. While this is plainly shrewd and helpful, Longines figured out how to make the intelligibility ideal in picking brilliant blue and red for these two outside scales.

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