Wittnauer was founded in America in 1885 by a swiss immigrant named Albert Wittnauer. Wittnauer enjoys a rich tradition in the watch world. They have strong ties to Longines, whom bought Wittnauer in 1950. Some of Wittnauer’s achievements include the creation of the first waterproof, shock-proof and anti-magnetic watch, and they even helped Commander Richard E. Byrd navigate the first flight over the North Pole in 1926.
The watch being offered today is a 40mm, Valjoux 7733 powered chronograph, bearing a reference 14-A, which is very similar to their Landeron-driven “Professional” Chronograph (reference 7004a). This watch has a cleaner, more-bare bones dial layout, and features straight, thick lume hands.
This example is mint condition. The case is unpolished and untouched. The dial is flawless, with no blemishes in sight. The original lume is still present in both the hands and dial, aging to a golden yellow. Further, this example comes equipped with its original, Wittnauer-signed bracelet. The winding crown is a replacement.