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Date/Report Number …..120111.Y'I0.04 Item: 1950 WITTNAUER ALL STAINLESS STEEL RED SWEEP SECONDS
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1950 WITTNAUER ALL STAINLESS STEEL RED SWEEP SECONDS RAISED LUME NUMBERS 24 HR DIALED 11ES MOD 1081 ETA WITH TRENCH ART AND NATO STYLE G-18 GREEN NYLON MILITARY STRAP WITH KEEPERS. CONDITION IS FINE.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 599.00


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VINTAGE
1950'S
WITTNAUER
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
RED SWEEP SECONDS
RAISED LUME NUMBERS
24 HR DIALED
11ES
MOD 1081 ETA
WITH
TRENCH ART
AND
NATO STYLE G-18 GREEN NYLON
MILITARY STRAP
WITH KEEPERS

32.35 X 39.31 MM

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Albert Wittnauer, 16 Years of age,  came to America from Switzerland in 1872 to work with his brother-in-law's watch importing business. Eventually, Albert and family members took over Alberts business and renamed it WITTNAUER. WITTNAUER eventually discovered an opening for a less-expensive Swiss pocket watch under the A Wittnauer name. While Wittnauer got its start with an economy model, it quickly moved into creating highly sophisticated chronometers. In  1907, Wittnauer supplied a pair of watches to the Navy for testing its aviation capabilities. Wittnauer watches would be worn by such notable explorers as Roald Amundsen and Richard E. Byrd, as well as aviators from Amelia Earhart to Wiley Post. After Albert’s death in 1916, his sister, Martha, took the firm’s reins and began supplying  new military wristwatches and precision navigational devices to American Expeditionary Forces and an aircraft clock to the forerunner of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I, Wittnauer supplied . Around the same time, Wittnauer introduced its All-Proof wristwatch—the anti-magnetic watch was water and shock proof—to the U.S. market.

The 1920s saw Wittnauer produce the most amazing wristwatches with sleek futuristic designs and a craftsmanship unparalleled in components     finish. Wittnauer watches had come a long way in 45 years. Wittnauer    wristwatches were technologically advanced as well as aesthetically beautiful. From the lugs of Wittnauer wristwatches to the shapes and styles of the faces which varied from squares and rectangles to circles and hexagons, and all manners of intricate dial colors and styles. Every detail was examined BY Wittnauer's designers whom spent time and energy designing watches just like this rare find in this offer.

A prime focus in 1927 were Aviation watches Wittnauer and Longines both worked with a U.S. Navy officer named Philip Van Horn Weems, whose design for a Second Setting Watch included an inner, rotating dial. The aviator would move the dial until he heard a time-tone on his radio, thus capturing any deviations from Greenwich Civil Time.

Another influence on Wittnauer timepieces of this era was Wittnauer watchmaker John Heinmuller, who was the official timekeeper of the U.S. National Aeronautical Association and became one of the country’s leading authorities on U.S. air mail stamps. Because of all this attention to navigation wristwatches and devices, Clarence D. Chamberlin and Charles A. Levine used Wittnauer chronometers for their 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and Charles Collyer and John Henry Mears used two Wittnauers in 1928 when they famously raced the moon around the earth—they did it in 24 days, beating the moon by 72 hours. Howard Hughes wore Wittnauers in the 1930s/ The depression was the cause of the sale in 1936.

Longines-Wittnauer  provided Wittnauer with contracts for Weems wristwatches, as well as compasses and timers, during World War II.

In the 1950s, Wittnauer produced the famous all steel es11 24hr watch in time for the Korean war. These same watches where also utilized in Vietnam from the 1950's through the 1960's.

Wittnauer aldo turned to fashionable dress wristwatches. As in years past, the lugs of Wittnauer wristwatches such as the Revue were almost as important to the design as the face. By now the company was offering slimmer self-winding watches than it had in the past, and in 1957 it released its first electric wristwatch.

Westinghouse bought Longines-Wittnauer in 1969, in 1994 Longines was sold to Omega owner SMH, and in 2001 Wittnauer was sold again to Bulova

 

LONGINES TECHNOLOGY

Official supplier since 1919 to the International Aeronautics Federation (FAI), Longines has provided the watches required to set and then certify numerous world flight records – not least Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 first nonstop solo crossing of the North Atlantic. Instruments designed and built by Longines have thus helped world explorers and trailblazers of the skies.

Thus, in 1927 Longines timed Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, which lasted 33 hours and 30 minutes. In the middle of the 20th century Longines was part of the rise of women's aviation, with Amelia Earhart who was another famous wearer of the brand.

This period also marked the appearance of the first in-house self-winding watches and the company won several prestigious awards. Among those awards there were four Diamonds-International Academy Awards and the Prix d'Honneur of Lausanne. In the mid 1930s Longines patented the flyback chronograph.

MILITARY

WITTNAUER PRODUCED TWO OF THE MOST UTILIZED WAR PIECES:

THE WWII WITTNAUER JUMP COMPASS
AND
THE WW11 24 HR DIAL WRIST WATCH
AND
WITH LONGINES AT THE HELM, THE KOREAN WAR 24HR DIAL WATCH.

 

Formula One Racing

Longines' mastery of advanced technologies[vague] moved it also to approach Formula One racing,[citation needed] an experience that ultimately led to a partnership with Ferrari of Italy.

Sports Timing

Longines gradually built a special relationship with the world of sport. Present in Athens in 1896, the company has been closely associated with the worldwide development of sport, timing Olympic Games fourteen times, beginning with Oslo in 1952. Its partnership drove the company to devise a variety of inventions and developments enabling it to determine and display winning times.

Gymnastics

After the great success of wristwatches at the beginning of the 20th century, the Longines factory underwent a massive reorganization of methods of production during the 1920s and 30s. In 1912 Longines began a close partnership with gymnastics as the official timekeeper for the 1912 Swiss Federal Gymnastics Meet in Basel. The result of this partnership was the introduction of automatic timing. In 1912 at the Swiss Federal Gymnastics Meet, it introduced the “broken wire” automatic timing system.

Equestrian Sports

In 1952, its Photogines was the first device to visualize the finish line as it measured times. By 1960, the Contifort combined moving images and timing functions. These and other inventive developments contributed to Longines’ sporting credentials. Longines started equestrian timekeeping in 1926 at the Concours Hippique International in Geneva. It has since then officiated at more than one hundred national and international show-jumping competitions in Europe and in North America,[citation needed] providing timing services at competitions including World Championships, European Championships, and Olympic Games along with many CSIO meets as well as, more recently, Arab League competitions.

 


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WITTNAUER
ALL STAINLESS
RED SWEEP SECONDS
RAISED LUME NUMBER
LUME HANDS
24HR
MILITARY
11ES
SIGNED
WITTNAUER
SWISS

32.35 X 39.31 MM

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BLACK MATTE FINISH DIAL
WHITE OUTER SECONDS CHAPTER RING
MARKED EVERY 5 SECONDS
WHITE OUTLINED NEWLY RELUMED NUMBERS
INNER WHITE 24HR MILITARY TIME

BLACK STEEL NEWLY CENTER WHITE LUMED HANDS
RED STEEL SWEEP SECONDS HAND

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THIS VINTAGE 1950-53 WITTNAUER
IS IN SUPER CONDITION

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ORIGINAL CROWN
NEW ACRYLIC CRYSTAL
GO THROUGH LUG HOLES
ORIGINAL ALL
STAINLESS STEEL CASE

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EVERY PORTION OF THIS
ALL STEEL CASE
IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

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THIS ORIGINAL
ALL STEEL CASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITIONS

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G-18 GREEN NYLON NATO STYLE
STRAP WITH KEEPERS

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ORIGINAL
NON-REFINISHED
SCREW DOWN CASE BACK

WITH
TRENCH ART

USA
JI
KOREA

WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE A MONTH COUNT

[NOTE: GSW RESTORES QUITE A FEW WAR ERA WATCHES
OF THE LAST TWENTY WITTY FROM THE FITTY WAR ERA MODELS THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND WITH TRENCH ART]


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WITTNAUER WATCH CO INC
SWISS
[HEIGHT OF LONGINES-WITTNAUER]
STAINLESS STEEL
45295

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CASE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
NEW ACRYLIC CRYSTAL
NEW LUME NUMBERS

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ALL STEEL CASE EXCELLENT CONDITION

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NEW LUME
HANDS & NUMERALS

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OVERHAULED
&
SERVICED

1950
WITTNAUER
11ES
MODIFIED
ETA 1081
BASE

EXCELLENT FINISH WORK

Features
manual wind
sweep second

Data
11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm
H= 4.15mm
15/17/19/21 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 42h