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Why We Love It
In the 1960s and 70s sporty chronographs were all the rage. The popularity of sports like race car driving and sailing meant that watch manufactures were churning out sporty chronographs, many of which followed the templates set by the Omega Speedmaster or Heuer Carrera, with large, sturdy steel cases and streamlined dials.
As the decade wore on, many other brands capitalized on the success of these watches by releasing versions of their own, capturing the spirit of 1960s design with a unique flair.
Though an old brand with a long-established lineage in aviation, it was during this period that Wittnauer truly flourished.
With its cherry red bezel, the particular Reference 7004A is perhaps their most easily recognizable chronograph. The large stainless steel case, capped by the bright rotating bezel, and the oversized "lollipop" chronograph hand is unmistakable and hard to miss. This particular example is in outstanding condition throughout, featuring a rich even patination across the Tritium elements, sharply defined lugs, and a superb and rarely seen multi-link bracelet with signed clasp.
Large without being bulky, stylish without being flashy, in our opinion the 7004A ranks among some of the finest chronographs of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
They are indicative of a time and place when watches were more than just accessories, but indispensable tools that you wouldn’t leave home without.
We’re sure you wouldn’t want to either.
From the brand's inception in the 1880s, Wittnauer gained a reputation for their excellent complicated watches. Aviators like Amelia Earhart piloted their planes with instruments made by Wittnauer. Daredevil aviator Jimmy Mattern wore a Wittnauer AllProof in his attempted 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. Despite this, their watches remain, and stand as a testament to their ingenuity and elegance.
We've been touting Wittnauer chronographs for years, and for good reason. Their Professional line, in particular, has become increasingly desirable as more and more collectors realize their inherent value.
They combine sturdy steel cases with distinctive dials and a history that's just as reputable as other horological heavy-hitters like Breitling, Omega, and Universal Genéve.
Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Landeron Calibre 248 manually winding chronograph movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: The case is in outstanding condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous matte black dial shows rich and even patination with matching handset. Signed crown. Caseback shows light tool marks.
Includes Kestenmade Bambi multi-link stainless steel bracelet with signed blade clasp.
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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