Movement : Automatic Wittnauer C11SR (AS 1701)
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : Circa. 1960s
Case Size : 34mm
Case Thickness : 10mm
Lug to Lug : 40mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Wittnauer box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with an 18mm strap. The watch is from Circa. 1960s and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall good condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Here we have a 1960s Wittnauer Automatic with a 34mm stainless steel case, the subtle curve of the case leads to finely tapered lugs with a lug-to-lug length of 40mm and a case thickness of 10mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right side, a signed crown, and a domed acrylic crystal sits above a striking silver dial, and applied baton and trapezoidal indexes have a raised pattern that plays with the light as you rotate your wrist, Tritium lume plots sit at 12, 3, 6 and 9 with a framed date window at 3 o'clock, elegant sword hands have a Tritium lume strip complemented by a tapered sweeping second hand, at 12 o'clock we have the Wittnauer motif, at 6 o'clock "Automatic" in a fancy font completes this interesting flamboyant dress watch. On the reverse a screw-down case back, inside an automatic Wittnauer C11SR, (AS 1701) 17 jewel beating at a leisurely 18,000 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on an 18mm tan-coloured leather strap.
This is one clean and original example with its signed crown, original hands and a dial which have a few marks here and there but overall are spectacular and the lume plots have developed a caramel tone which is truly wonderful! If you aren't ready to dive into the world of vintage with heavy patina and colouration, then start here as this will be the perfect gateway between clean modern and vintage beauty.
In 1872 at just sixteen years old, Albert Wittnauer moved from Switzerland to New York to work for his brother-in-law, Eugene Roberts. Eugene ran a watch-importing business that was focused on high-end pieces such as Vacheron & Constantin and Jaeger LeCoultre. Albert had a vision of creating his watch brand that would suit the American market: his idea was to create an affordable Swiss watch that was still of high quality but at a lower price. In 1880 the first Wittnauer watches were being made. In that same year, F. Eugene Roberts & Co became the exclusive seller for Longines in America, this partnership would last nearly 125 years. In 1890 Eugene honoured Albert by naming his new venture "A. Wittnauer Company''. The business was an instant success and attracted watchmakers from around the world to join them such as Ferdinand Haschka who became the head watchmaker for Tiffany & Co and Charles Johns who created a perpetual calendar chronometer that was shown to the world in the 1939 World fair. Sadly by 1916, the brothers had passed away and the company was left to their sister Martha. She became the first woman C.E.O of a watch company in America. She had no prior experience but still led the company for 20 years. In 1936 A. Wittnauer was sold to Hella Deltah, who was a pearl manufacturer. Building upon the long partnership and history with Longines, the company was renamed Longines-Wittnauer. In 1994 Longines-Wittnauer was bought by SMH which later became the Swatch Group. SMH soon took over the distribution of Longines in the US, and the 125-year association with Wittnauer was over. Renamed Wittnauer International Inc., they now refocused to build upon the Wittnauer name. Two years later Composite Resources LLC outbid Movado and Bulova to purchase Wittnauer for $28 million. This was not to last as in the first year the company made a loss of $5 million. In just 4 years the company had trade debts of over $24 million, it was then that Bulova bought them for $11.6 million. Bulova launched the “Nightlife” range of fashion watches under the Wittnauer brand.