Longines Conquest 1559-1 cal. 6952

I went a long time without purchasing a watch, but have broken the streak.

I went on a horological deep dive many months ago, which resulted in myself quickly attaining a modest collection of watches.
Enough to fill a 12 piece watch box.
Some were cheap, none were particularly expensive.
The cheapest was a Casio F-91W, and its big brother the A500W world timer.
Aside from those, there were two others that I bought new, with the rest being vintage.
One was the Dan Henry 1962 Panda chrono, which I still wear regularly.
The other was a Luch One Hand, a quirky Russian watch which only told time in five minute increments.
A couple of other Russians were in the mix, as they proved a good budget entry point into mechanical watches.
The crown of the collection was an Omega De Ville 111.0132 in solid gold.

After collecting those, my interest began to wane and I directed my money elsewhere.

Until recently, when a lockdown struck, and watches on eBay began calling my name…


One such lockdown purchase was the watch whose name titles this article.
I got a little excited in a bidding war and ended up with this lovely Longines piece.
1970s watches have some of my favourite horological styling, with a healthy dose of TV dials and many watches of the era sporting a somewhat squared case style with rounded edges.
It’s an aesthetic I’ve always appreciated, so it’s no surprise that this particular watch caught my eye.

Longines Conquest 1559-1 calibre 6952

The calibre 6952 movement is a manual wind with quickset date.
It’s the first timepiece I’ve owned that has the function; considering I have a few watches it’s considerably convenient for correcting the date to take a few seconds rather than a couple of minutes.
The outer presents quite well for something around half a century old.
It isn’t new, but it’s looking much better than I will be at 50.

The watch came on an aftermarket chocolate brown suede strap, which was quite a happy coincidence for me as it’ll pair itself nicely with my Crockett & Jones suede shoes in the same colour, and the cream toned dial is splendid.
I’m a big fan of markers in place of numerals, and this dial treads a happy balance between the two with the numeral font being an elegant one.
I’ve been wearing it almost daily since receiving it, and I can’t see that pattern stopping in the near future. It’s a design that can be worn at any level of dress.

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With content features ranging from occasional appearances on popular menswear hub social accounts (The Rake, Styleforum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is an enthusiast, designer and writer in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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