Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Wittnauer is a brand that's been picking up traction on the vintage market in the past few years, and for good reason. Their Professional line has become increasingly desirable as more and more collectors realize their worth. They combine sturdy steel cases with distinctive dials and a history that's just as reputable as other horological heavy-hitters like Breitling and Universal Genève.
From the brand's inception in the 1880s, Wittnauer gained a reputation for their excellent complicated watches. Aviators like Amelia Earhart piloted their planes with instruments made by Wittnauer. Daredevil aviator Jimmy Mattern wore a Wittnauer AllProof in his attempted flight around the world in 1933.
Longines formally bought Wittnauer in the 1950s, and the brand continued to produce exceptional chronographs at a more competitive price point than their Swiss contemporaries. But like so many watch brands, Wittnauer folded in the face of budget crises in the mid-1980s, causing Longines to dissolve their relationship with Wittnauer. But their watches remain, a testament to their ingenuity and elegance.
This watch, the Reference 8023-241T, dating from the 1960s, features a dial in a black-and-white "reverse panda" color-way, with accents of blue and red in the outer tachymeter and telemeter scales and red . At 38mm the size is particularly desirable for today's collectors. The watch is also powered by a dependable movement, the 14Y, a modified Landeron 249 produced especially for Wittnauer.
We've been touting Wittnauer chronographs for years, and this one perfectly encapsulates the reason why. Coming complete with both inner and outer boxes, papers, and a coveted JB Champion bracelet with a Wittnauer clasp, this is a veritable time capsule. Lovingly preserved, it withstood the test of time with grace and stye, and will do so for many more years to come.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.