Wittnauer Exotic Dial Chronograph
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Wittnauer Exotic Dial Chronograph

Albert Wittnauer immigrated to New York City in the 1870s, 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. In 1885, at the age of only thirty-one, he established the A. Wittnauer Company in 1885. Soon after the company's establishment, Wittnauer became the distributor for Longines watches in the United States.

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. 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.

This watch, the ref. 3256-228T, has everything you could want in a vintage chronograph. Perhaps the most interesting and unique feature of this watch is the dial, in a distinctive, exotic color scheme that just screams 70s, with elegant tapered lugs to soften the strong retro vibe it exudes. It's also powered by a dependable movement, the 14Y, a modified Landeron 249 produced especially for Wittnauer. 

We've been touting Wittnauer chronographs for years, and for good reason. They combine sturdy steel cases with distinctive dials and a history that's just as reputable as other horological heavy-hitters like Universal Genève and Breitling. If you've been lusting after a vintage chronograph but want something a little off the beaten path, then look no further.

Details

Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Wittnauer Reference 3536-228T. 14-Y Manual-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in excellent condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Exotic dial has sharp printing and no signs of discoloration or hand drag. Luminescent elements on the hour markers and hands have gained a handsome even patina over time. Unsigned crown; unsigned screw case back bears engraving "WHR 6-15-75."

Includes one 18mm blue leather strap and two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle.

SKU: AS01514

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