The 1970’s. Funk. Moving on from the psychedelic 60’s. In the watch world, it was time for some new shapes, away from boring round cases. And in 1972, the first Olympic Games of the decade.
The Official Timekeeper for the Games? None other than Longines, one of the great Swiss brands that, as we are sure you all know, dates back to 1832.
To commemorate their appointment as Official Timekeepers, Longines launched this special Longines Conquest Munich 1972 Olympic Games XX Mono Pusher Chronograph. (One sad footnote of the 1972 Munich Olympics was the death of the 13 members of the Isreali team who were were killed in a terrorist attack by the Black September Organization).
This is a very cool vintage Longines made even more interesting by the historical context around its creation.
Our example is in incredible condition for a watch that’s nearly 50 years old. It shows only the lightest signs of wear, the dial retains its beautiful matte blue hue the orange second chrono hand pops out from beneath the pristine crystal and the original steel bracelet is virtually unmarked.
This is a real find!
It has a tachymetre scale around the outside of the dial running from 60 to 500 and a 30 minute subdial at 3 o’clock. The outer white tachymetre track adds an additional dimension to the single-register dial layout.
It runs beautifully with both the orange chronograph second timer hand and the minute subdial both zeroing back to 12 when you push that mono pusher again.
Under the watch’s navy blue dial (the other two dial colours sold were a brighter blue and silver), lies an in-house, signed mono-pusher chronograph movement – Longines’ manual-winding chronograph caliber 334, based on the Valjoux caliber 236 – for a single 30-minute register. The dial retains its original tritium hour markers and its brilliant orange (this is the 1970s remember!) chronograph hand.
On the back of the brushed, screw backed case, it reads ‘Official timer at the Olympic Games’ in a circle of text. In the centre it has the Olympic symbol of five interlocking rings and the indication ‘XX Olympic Games’, ‘Munich 1972’, the brand mark of Longines, and the watch’s serial number.
A 36mm case, Longines signed crown, a thin 12mm, adjustable steel bracelet, make for a watch that’s comfortable, ergonomic, distinctive, unusual and in amazing condition. If you want early 1970’s style from one of the world’s greatest watch companies, you have found it with this beauty.