|Date/Report Number ..061811.LC-UE2 Item: 1950-1954 KOREAN WAR ERA LONGINES WITTNAUER MILITARY WATCH|
|Description of item: KOREAN WAR ERA LONGINES
WITTNAUER 1950-1954 MILITARY WRIST WATCH 32 X 39 MM. WITH
24 HOUR WHITE MILITARY TIME WITH RELUMED ORIGINAL HOUR & MINUTE HAND WITH ORIGINAL RED SECONDS HAND WITH NATO STYLE G-18 NYLON MILITARY STRAP WITH KEEPERS. THIS WITTNAUER HAS A BLACK DIAL WITH NUMERAL MARKED AND HASHED SECONDS CHAPTER RING, RAISED OUTLINED RE-LUMED NUMERS AND 24 HOUR TIME IN WHITE WITH RELUMED NUMBERS AND HANDS. CASE BACK IS SIGNED WITTNAUER WATCH CO INC STAINLESS STEEL 4844466. MOVEMENT IS SIGNED WITTNAUER WATCH Co INC SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS 11ES SWISS. Features manual wind sweep second swiss finished top plate power reserve 40h. CONDITION IS EXCELLENT
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $569.00
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Founded in America in 1890, Wittnauer was on the cutting edge of accuracy and style. Wittnauer time pieces were worn by many pioneer pilots and would be the choice of navigators, explorers, and astronomers.
Wittnauer was the company that created the first combined water resistance, shock protected, anti-magnetic watch which assisted Commander Richard E. Byrd navigate the first flight over the North Pole in 1926.
The Wittnauer Company retained its reputation for most of the 20th century, and, eventually, LONGINES purchased the company producing the Longines-Wittnauer brand.
WITTNAUER THE BEGINNING:
Albert Wittnauer was a Swiss immigrant who arrived in New York City in 1872 at the age of 16. He began working for his brother in law, J. Eugene Robert. Mr. Robert was an importer of fine Swiss watches. With the help of his younger brother, Albert Wittnauer decided there was a need for a watch designed with all of the durability and function the American public demanded but with local production to help keep costs down.
The Wittnauer brand was formally established when Mr. Robert gave the title to Albert Wittnauer under the name The "A. Wittnauer Company." is born as a small family business. The company began to cater to the ever growing world of both scientific and private exploration, which gained them a reputation for use by those who needed reliability: navigators, explorers, and astronomers.
The A. Wittnauer Co. became further involved with the Navy for early tests in the budding fields of aviation and navigation. Of the Wittnauer Company and products, horologist Marvin E. Whitney wrote, "No one company has been more involved in the design and production of so many different types of navigational timepieces and been involved in so many history making expeditions..."
With the death of her last brother Emile, Martha Wittnauer was left holding the reins of the company in 1916, making her one of the very few female CEO's of a major American company.
WITTNAUER PRODUCED TWO OF THE MOST UTILIZED WAR PIECES:
THE WWII WITTNAUER JUMP COMPASS
THE WW11 24 HR DIAL WRIST WATCH
WITH LONGINES AT THE HELM, THE KOREAN WAR 24HR DIAL WATCH.
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 Lindberghs 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.
Longines produced two of the most acclaimed military pieces:
THE LONGINES WEEMS WRIST WATCH
THE WITTNAUER 24HR DIAL WATCH
Formula One Racing
Longines' mastery of advanced technologies[vague] moved it also to approach Formula One racing, an experience that ultimately led to a partnership with Ferrari of Italy.
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.
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.
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, 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.