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Why We Love It
We’ve carried numerous vintage Wittnauer timepieces before, but have never before offered one in such amazing condition!
What we have here is a Reference 228T Professional Chronograph that dates to the 1960s that remains in nearly-NOS (New Old Stock) condition. The case and dial remain absolutely pristine and untouched, with only the faintest signs of wear from careful handling - an absolute time capsule!
Featuring a 35mm stainless case and silver dial with applied indices and colorful printed scales, this chronograph is powered by a Calibre 14W manual wind movement with chronograph operation controlled by a pair of barrel pushers. A domed acrylic crystal and blued steel chronograph and subsidiary seconds hands round out a perfect package for the vintage enthusiast seeking something extraordinary!
Wittnauer chronographs are some of our favorite vintage designs, and its a true rarity to uncover them in such amazing condition!
The Wittnauer Story
The story of the A. Wittnauer Company--and the man who founded it--is so inspirational that it would make a great film by Ron Howard. Albert Wittnauer immigrated to New York City in the 1870s, a lad of sixteen with ambitions as wide as the Atlantic. He came to work for his brother-in-law, Eugene Robert, an importer of fine Swiss timepieces by brands such as Jaeger LeCoultre and Vacheron et Constantin. His experiences working for his brother-in-law inspired him to make watches of his own, with the reliability and craftsmanship of Swiss watches at a lower price point to appease the thrifty American public. He 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. Aviators such as Amelia Earhart piloted their planes with instruments made by Wittnauer, and daredevil aviator Jimmy Mattern wore a Wittnauer AllProof in his aborted flight around the world in 1933.
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.
Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 14W manually-winding chronograph movement. Wittnauer Reference 228T. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: This watch is in nearly NOS condition. The case is in near mint condition overall showing only light signs of wear from careful handling. Non-luminous silver dial is in excellent condition with applied indices and colorful outer tracks with matching handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes 18mm brown leather strap with steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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