Longines Conquest Power Reserve Automatic Date ref. 9028-2 circa 1961

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Brand: Longines

Model: Conquest Power Reserve Automatic Date ref. 9028-2 (9032); Swiss Made; Serial #11,08X,XXX invoiced on July 11, 1961 to official Longines agent Athanas in Yemen according to the extract from the archives

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back and green enameled "fish" emblem is approximately 35mm excluding the unsigned winding crown; caseback bears the correct double reference "9032" for the general Conquest Power Reserve line and "9028-2" indicating the specific model variation within the Conquest Power Reserve line

Strap: 18mm handmade textured calfskin strap with contrast stitching and polished tang buckle

Movement: Longines cal. 294 self-winding automatic movement (24 jewels) with central power reserve complication and date at 12 o'clock; 19,800 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Beautiful original patinated dial with gold-tone accents and date display at 12 o'clock; matching original gold-tone handset; in-house Longines cal. 294 movement with innovative power reserve complication; 35mm solid stainless steel case with cool green enameled "fish" emblem on the caseback; domed acrylic crystal

Condition: Nice original condition overall with honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with razor-sharp edges and bevels; crisp caseback with gorgeous green enameled "fish" logo and some minor scratches; original dial exhibits light patina throughout; original matching gold-tone hands with all luminous material in tact; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: The Longines Conquest Power Reserve is one of those models that you just need to have when you see it for the first time - That's easier said than done though (translation: they're incredible rare). This particular example began its life in Yemen in 1961 according to the Longines extract from the archives. The general overall climate of Yemen can be described as a subtropical dry/hot desert climate, which is the probable cause of the unique patina that has developed on the dial over time. Speaking of the dial, it features two independent rotating discs in the center to display the movement's remaining power reserve in real time. As the mainspring is wound up, the outer disc with numbers rotates clockwise to show an increased reserve. The black rectangular "box" on the inner disc points to and tracks the remaining reserve (in number of hours) at any given time. This inner disc with the black rectangular "box" rotates clockwise as the mainspring runs down to show a reduced reserve while the watch runs out of power. How cool is that? The Longines 294 movement clearly represents an important advancement in watchmaking and is still our favorite way to display the power reserve on a dial. What a fantastic conversation piece!

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