Longines Admiral Mystery Dial
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Recommendations for vintage dress watches are one of the most common inquiries we get at analog/shift HQ. While sports watches are generally understood by collectors and enthusiasts, dress pieces have been off their radar for some time. Now that smaller, more delicate timepieces are becoming popular again, choosing one that offers a good blend of looks, construction, history, and originality can be a daunting task. The good news is that there are lots of options!
The challenge lies (as with any vintage watch) in finding a good one. Years of neglect, damage, and over-restoration can make finding a suitable timepiece a burden. In our minds, there are few minimum requirements for a proper dress piece: svelte case design, clean looks,a solid movement, and originality.
Longines is a brand that needs no introduction. Now closely associated with Omega under the Swatch Group umbrella, the brand was a staple of the Swiss watchmaking industry throughout the 20th century. They are well-known for their broad assortment of lines and designs, as well as their close association with equestrian sports. Introduced around 1960, their luxury-focused Admiral line earned the manufacture a well deserved reputation for quality and value.
Featuring an elegant and slim gold-filled case, silver sunburst dial and gold highlights on the markers and hands, this peculiar model from the1960s checks all the boxes for a vintage dress piece, with an added element of fun: a so-called "Mystery Dial". This unusual complication utilizes an inner rotating dial element with a gold star-shaped marker to indicate the hour of the day, instead of a central hour hand. As the mechanics operating the inner dial are completely hidden, the motion is virtually undetectable to the human eye, making the appearance of the hour marker star in different places around the dial a "mystery" to wearers.
So there you have it, folks. If you're looking to round out your collection with a delightful vintage dress piece with a little bit of whimsy, look no further!
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Longines Admiral Mystery Dial