Wittnauer Breguet Dial Calatrava
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Wittnauer Breguet Dial Calatrava

At analog/shift, we believe that style is in execution, not accouterments; understatement versus overreach.

It is this definition of style that so often thrills us about vintage watches of the post-war era.  In the years following the Second World War,  major watch manufactures were dusting themselves off and beginning to reposition themselves for a new global market, transitioning away from the fulfillment of defense contracts and back to designing and building elegant timepieces for general consumption and civilian use.  

But the war left it's mark.  

The precious metals and ornate Art Deco styling of the pre-war years gave way to simpler, more industrial executions that echoed the soldier's and pilot's watches that were built during the conflict.  The result was a gorgeous new expression that melded simple, industrial production with understated dial and hand designs.  

This Wittnauer Calatrava-style watch is a perfect example of the post-war design language we so admire.  With a svelte 32.5mm stainless steel machined case, it immediately conjures visions of the spartan military watches produced by both sides throughout the War.  But the silver dial, now patinated to a gorgeous champagne color, is brilliantly embellished with Breguet numerals and a simple chapter ring track, instantly bringing a touch of elegance to an otherwise function-forward timepiece .  At 6:00 rests a simple subsidiary seconds register and printed alongside the applied numerals is a secondary marker, denoting 24-Hour time, again reminiscent of the military watches produced en masse only a few years before.       

Don't let its small size fool you - this beautiful Wittnauer is an elegant piece of horological history, resonates with a perfect understated style that suits the thoughtful, fashionable gentleman of today just as well as it did in the late 1940s.  Truly, truly beautiful!

For a great history on Wittnauer, head on over to Timepiece Chronicle, HERE.

Details

Steel case is approximately 32.5mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 11P Manually-Winding Movement. Circa late 1940s

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall, showing only light, normal signs of wear consistent with age and use, and devoid of noteworthy blemishes. Original dial is very clean overall, showing even signs of patination throughout. Original applied Arabic, Breguet-style hour markers and leaf hands. Crystal shows light scratching and crazing - replaceable upon request. Original case back. Unsigned crown.

Includes 18mm brown leather strap.

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