Longines Olympian Supercompressor - Ultrachron - Ltd. Edition
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A very rare Longines Ultra-Chron, Super-Compressor special edition specifically for the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, West Germany. This has the much rarer dial configuration as it is marked "OLYMPIAN" instead of the usual "Ultra-Chron" marking.
Longines was the official timer for the Munich Olympics in 1972. They bid to be official timekeeper again, but despite offering to do the work for free, they still had to share the responsibility with local company Junghans is what we have learned whilst doing our research on this particular piece.
Case and Crowns
Housed in a large brushed stainless steel cushion shaped case with a 14 sided, fixed bezel ring and screw in back. Topped off with Longines signed twin crowns which are a feature of most Super-Compressor cased watches. The top crown is used to turn the bezel housed under the glass for measuring diving times/decompression and the lower crown is for conventional winding, time and date altering. The case appears to retain its sharp edges and only shows signs of light polishing and wear as we suspect from the general condition of this watch it has not been used very much over the years since it was sold new in the 1970's.
“Super-Compressor” refers to a patented case sealing method developed by watch case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA). The design takes advantage of the water pressure the case is exposed to at depths which naturally presses the case back against an o-ring seal. More depth equals more water pressure equals greater seal. It's that simple yet so very effective.
Dial, Hands and Glass
The black Longines signed dial with brick shaped hour markers with Tritium inserts is in excellent condition. The Tritium inserts, both on the markers and the ones in the hour and minute hands have gone a nice and even yellowish colour. An inner bi-directional bezel with a distinctive orange circle and numbered in increments from 5 to 55 surrounds the dial and as already stated, is operated by the crown at the 2 o’clock position. The orange on both the bezel and the minute hand is still very bright unlike some watches we have seen over the years, again suggesting little use/exposure to sunlight. Date setting between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions with semi-quick change between 20:30 and 24:00hrs. Small steel hour hand with a luminous insert and a striking orange minute hand also with a luminous insert and white central seconds hand. The "Olympian" marking sits between the 6 o’clock position and the centre. There is also the all important "T-SWISS-T" marking under the "6" baton marker.
The glass on this watch is mineral rather than crystal and does have some light marks on it as can likely be seen some of the photo's. The glass can be replaced if you prefer!
Overall the dial, hands and glass are all in excellent condition with no visible dings or serious blemishes.
The watch has the Longines 6652 mechanical automatic movement with 17 jewels and when produced had a 40 hour power reserve which this watch is still good for! This quality movement is the "High Beat", which runs at 28,800 A/h and is adjusted to 3 positions and runs a micrometer regulator. It has a serial number in the 51 million range which is consistent with it being manufactured in 1972.
Although the watch is running strong and keeping good time it will receive a full strip down and service by our master watchmaker before delivery to you and then we will give it a 12 month warranty with confidence.
The watch come on a new waterproof black carbon fibre looking strap with steel pin buckle which looks great on the watch which we think would also look great on a milanese mesh bracelet.
- Model ref: 8221 Supercompressor Ultrachron
- Year: 1972
- Warranty length: 12 months
- Box and papers: No
- Movement type, calibre and jewels: Automatic Caliber 6652, 17 Jewels
- Case: Stainless steel cushion case
- Dial: Black w/ orange accents. Internal Supercompressor dive bezel
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal
- Bracelet: Black waterproof band
- Width (w/o crown): 43mm
- Height, lug to lug: 45mm
- Lug width: 22mm
- Wrist size: Adjustable - strap