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Longines Conquest Squaw Valley California Winter Olympics circa 1960

Previously undocumented Longines Conquest ref 9006 with a colorful enameled case back Olympics logo referencing  the 1960 winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. This is a great example of the classic Longines Conquest, a rival to the Omega Constellation of the era. Featuring a 35.5 X 42 mm robust design case with very nice original matte silvered dial with oversize applied faceted indexes, applied Longines winged hour glass logo, tapered sword hands, and original beaded water proof style crown. Powered by Longines caliber 19AS self winding movement with sweep seconds. With heavy screw back case featuring a gold tone plaque with red, white, and blue enameled logo with gold interlocking Olympic rings and reading “VIII Olympic Winter Games 1960 California.”

46194back 46194proR 46194proL 46194This watch has been recently serviced and left unpolished as found. It is guaranteed genuine and comes with a 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping. It is shown on a vintage style distressed leather strap, but is available with your choice of sporty or dressy style strap.

See Fratello.com for a recently published article on Olympic watches including the example offered here. As noted in the article, this model is previously undocumented, and it is unknown how many of these were produced and who they were presented to.  We found it interesting that the enameled logo referred to the California Winter Olympics, rather than the “Squaw Valley” winter Olympics. To our knowledge, Olympic venues are always referred to by the city in which they are held, not the state or the country. Those of us who were around in 1960, remember these as the “Squaw Valley Winter Olympics!” A couple of other interesting notes; according to our research, the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1960 Winter Olympics were produced by Walt Disney Company and marked the first Hollywood style production style of the Olympics. Additionally, many Hollywood celebrities were brought in to entertain the athletes in the Olympic village. This Olympics also mark the first use of instant replay video. (Additional information to be provided as it becomes available)

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