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Date/Report Number …..011213.FNT5HY.04 Item:  1920'S HISTORICAL WITTNAUR REVOLUTION
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1920'S HISTORICAL WITTNAUR REVOLUTIONARY WITTNAUER 1OK ROLLED ROSE GOLD PLATE HOOD LUG WITH ORIGINAL WITTNAUR DESIGNED AND SIGNED SWISS 15 JEWEL 5 BRIDGE MOVEMENT AND NEW TOP END HAND MADE IN ITALY GENUINE HONEY LIZARD STRAP WITH  CONDITION FINE.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $799.00


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VINTAGE
1920'S
HISTORICAL
WITTNAUR
REVOLUTIONARY
WITTNAUER
1OK ROLLED
ROSE GOLD PLATE
HOOD LUG
FANCY DIAL
PRESIDENT

25.39 X 30.82 MM

WITH
ORIGINAL
WITTNAUR
DESIGNED AND SIGNED
SWISS
15 JEWEL
5 BRIDGE
MOVEMENT

AND

NEW TOP END
HAND MADE IN ITALY
GENUINE
HONEY LIZARD STRAP

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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 alSo 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

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NOTE
PLEASE DISREGARD THE PIG-SKIN STRAP
WE JUST UPDATED THE STRAP TO A
LUXURY SKIN THAT MATCHES THE DIAL
THIS GENUINE HAND MADE HONEY LIZARD STRAP
CAN BE CHANGED TO BLACK IF YOU DESIRE
THE CHANGE OVER MAY CAUSE A TWO DAY DELIVERY HOLD-UP
IF WE DO NOT HAVE IT IN STOCK THE DAY YOU INVEST
OR
YOU MAY REQUEST THE THE PIG-SKIN STRAP  WE REMOVED  IF YOU DESIRE

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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.

 

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THIS IS AN AWESOME RARE & COLLECTIBLE
WITTNAUER-PRESIDENT

NOTICE THE
AWESOME
DIAL
AND
HOODED
LUGS


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WITH
THREE TONE DIAL
IN
COPPER CREAM & BLACK ENAMEL
AND
ORIGINAL
YELLOW GOLD
NUMERALS
BLACK 
MICRO-DETAILED
SUB SECONDS REGISTER

THIS METICULOUSLY RESTORED DIAL
IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING

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THE STRAP SHOWN IS NO LONGER
PART OF THE OFFER
(YOU MAY REQUEST IT IF YOU DESIRE)

IT SIMPLY DID NOT REFLECT THE WONDERFUL WORK OR
STUNNING BEAUTY OF THIS WITTANUER-PRESIDENT

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THE NEW STRAP ADDS THE PREFERRED BULK
AND
MATCHES THE BEAUTY AND SOLID DESIGN

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THIS GENUINE HONEY LIZARD STRAP
IS
16 MM TOP
14MM AT BUCKLE
AND
WILL FIT UP TO
SIZE 7.5

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WITH AN
ORIGINAL CROWN
AND
10K (41%) ROSE GOLD FILLED CASE
THAT IS STILL 90%!

10K ROSE GOLD PLATE MEANS SHEETS OF ROSE GOLD ARE PLACED ON TOP AND BOTTOM OF SHEET OF BASE METAL, THEN JOINED, THEN ROLLED THROUGH A ROLLING MILL TO FLATTEN THEN CASES AND/OR CASE PARTS ARE CUT AND/OR STAMPED AND ASSEMBLED. THE END RESULT ARE CASES ROLLED GOLD CASES THAT ARE NOT "PLATED IN GOLD"

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THIS GENUINE HONEY LIZARD STRAP
IS SIGNED
16 R
GENUINE LIZARD
AND
ELEGANTLY
DOUBLE
COLOR MATCHED STITCHED
AND
CENTER PADDED

NOTE THE PADDED CENTERS
AND
THE FLAT OUTER STITCH WIDTHS


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WE UTILIZED A NEW CRYSTAL
THAT WAS MADE FOR THIS CASE

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ORIGINAL GOLD PLATED
MINUTE AND HOUR HANDS
AND
BLACK STEEL SECOND HAND

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THE CROWN WAS LEFT AS-IS IT WAS
MATCHING THE NUMERALS AND HANDS

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THE NEW STRAP SIMPLY
ADDS LUXURY TO AN
ALREADY LUXURIOUS
ROARING TWENTIES WRIST WATCH

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LOOK AND FEEL ARE FANTASTIC
25.39 X 30.82 mm
W/O CROWN

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ORIGINAL
NON-REFINISHED
ROSE GOLD FILLED CASE
HAS A
SOLID PLATE
OF
10K ROSE GOLD

FINISH IS EXCELLENT

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WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LIZARD STRAP

LOOKS BETTER THEN IT DID
IN THE 1920'S
THE ROARING TWENTIES

I BET IF THIS COULD TALK
IT WOULD HAVE NEARLY
A CENTURY OF MEMORIES!

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CASE IN SUPERFINE CONDITION

THOUGH MAGNIFIED BY CLOSE SHOTS
IT HAS NONE OF THOSE VINTAGE
SCRATCHES NICKS BUMPS SEPARATIONS LOSS OF GOLD
FOUND ON MOST WATCHES FROM THE 1920'S

ONLY MIN0R CASE CLOSING EDGE WEAR
AND THAT
MY FRIENDS
IS MAGNIFIED BY THE
"HD-TV"
  MAGNIFIED CLOSE UP  SHOTS
BY THE CAMERA

IN REAL LIFE IT IS HARD TO TELL
IF THERE IS ANY WEAR!

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CASE BACK EXCELLENT
ORIGINAL CONDITION

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CASED & TIMED
IN USA
BY WITTNAUER
10KT ROLLED GOLD PLATE
446964
SERVICE MARKS

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15 JEWEL
FALSE THREE FINGER BRIDGE
10T

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DIAL RESTORED EXACTLY AS IT WAS
CASE CLEANED
READY TO ASSEMBLE

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THIS WITTNAUER MOVEMENT
WAS OVERHAULED & SERVICED

Features
manual wind
sub second

Data
10.5''', Dm= 23.3mm
H= 4mm
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 41h

A SUPER
EXTRAORDINARY
TIME PIECE

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT