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Albert Wittnauer established the A. Wittnauer Company in 1885, at the age of only thirty-one. Around that time, Wittnauer became the distributor for Longines watches in the United States, and would often house Longines movements in Wittnauer-branded cases. Together with Longines, Wittnauer gained a reputation for their excellent aviation instruments and chronographs.
Longines formally bought Wittnauer in the 1950s, and the brand continued to produce exceptional chronographs at a more competitive price point than their Swiss contemporaries. But like so many watch brands, Wittnauer folded in the face of budget crises in the mid-1980s, causing Longines to dissolve their relationship with Wittnauer. Their watches remain, a testament to their ingenuity and elegance.
Dating from the 1960s, this Reference 7004A Chronograph was marketed by Longines-Wittnauer as a professional-grade timepiece and fitted with the redoubtable Landeron 248 manual winding movement. The matte black dial features twin subsidiary registers (sweep seconds at 9:00, and a 30 Minute Counter at 3:00 with the 5 minutes countdown in red). The rotating outer bezel has aged over the years to a lovely mulberry hue.
The reference 7004A has everything you could want in a vintage chronograph. It captures the look of the classic 1960s chronographs like the Heuer Autavia, but without the price tag that usually comes with an Autavia. With great colors, terrific movements and large steel cases, you'd be hard-pressed to find a cooler vintage chronograph for the money.
Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). Ref. 7400A. Manual-winding Landeron 248 movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have minimal signs of use and wear in keeping with its age. Rotating bezel has some signs of age but is in otherwise very good condition. Dial is in very good condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Signed crown. Case back has some signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes one 20mm dark brown leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle