This Longines Conquest continued their VHP model range into the new millennium. Model reference L1.6188.8.131.52
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the warranty card, which matches the serial number on the case back, we can accurately date this watch to being sold in May 2001. We also have the watch photographed against a 2001 Wristwatch guidebook, showing the original price of $1,195
VHP? If you were not already aware, VHP is the abbreviation for Very High Precision. Just as mechanical watches can vary in operating tolerances, so can quartz. It is just that quartz watches, which already blow mechanical watches away with precision, these tolerances become smaller. Longines, along with Grand Seiko, have been pushing this technology for decades, getting the watches to an accuracy of a few seconds per month (A COSC chronometer mechanical watch is allowed to be in +6/-4 seconds per day). The calibre 546 fitted to this Longines also adds a perpetual calendar, meaning it knows when the month has 30 or 31 days (or 28 or 29 in February – it accounts for leap years!). Thankfully we have the instructions to set this up, and the 10 year long life battery means this doesn’t need doing very often. We will fit a new battery and set this watch up for your time zone before sending it out. The watch has been worn, and not polished, so there are various light marks across the case and bracelet, the worst being a mark on the fixed bezel at 5 and a ding near the back of the case at 1. The dial is good, as is the sapphire crystal. The bracelet is long, which is vital because the design of the lugs would not flatter a leather strap at all. This watch would make an interesting grab and go watch for someone with a larger collection, or would be a very easy quality watch to wear daily.
This watch will be supplied with the original presentation box, warranty papers and instructions, and our Certificate of Authenticity. The box, like many of this period, has flaking leatherette. The cushion is a different shade to the box too, which may be fading over time or it may be a different cushion.
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Width with crown 39.3 mm
Width without crown 36.7 mm
Lug to lug length 42.2 mm
Case Thickness 11.7 mm
Bracelet will fit a maximum wrist size of 196 mm. The bracelet can be sized for you if you give us your wrist size when placing the order.
All sizes are approximate.
Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses. If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries. Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.
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