Wittnauer Fantasia

Regular price
$1,450
Regular price
Sale price
$1,450
REF 2367
Manual-winding
33.5 MM
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SKU AS04128
Article Number 40990096
ref 2367
case size 33.5 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color White
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes Correct stainless steel 'mesh' bracelet with signed blade clasp.
REF 2367
Manual-winding
33.5 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04128
Article Number 40990096
ref 2367
case size 33.5 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color White
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes Correct stainless steel 'mesh' bracelet with signed blade clasp.

Why We Love it

One factor that we feel differentiates the Analog:Shift approach to vintage timepiece dealings are that we readily step outside the box to source some incredibly interesting and unusual watches for your consideration.  

This lovely timepiece by Wittnauer, formally known as a Reference 2367, is more commonly referred to as a 'Fantasia' - which is the style of hoop and stick handset attached. More commonly seen on the electrically driven Electro-chron line, this beauty is a thin-cased manual winder wearing a domed acrylic crystal over its textured corduroy-like dial. Paired up with a period steel mesh bracelet by JB Champion with Wittnauer-signed clasp, this great little watch is a real treasure.

Measuring 33.5mm in diameter with a 9mm thickness, this piece wears much larger than expected and showcases an undeniably cool mid-century design language!

Overall Condition

The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. White 'corduroy' dial with applied indices is in good condition showing light patination throughout with matching 'exotic' handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

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From its inception in the 1880s, Wittnauer gained a reputation for its 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. During the Second World War, the firm produced compasses for the U.S. military. And for decades, Wittnauer was inextricably tied with Longines — indeed, many of both brands’ wares from the mid-20th century are signed “Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co.”
In the 1950s and ‘60s, the brand produced exceptional chronographs at a more competitive price point than its Swiss contemporaries. Products such as the reference 3256, which used the affordable Venus caliber 188, are today relatively plentiful, and handsome to boot. Slightly more high-end pieces such as the reference 7004A featured unique elements like thick sword hands, a lollipop seconds hand, and a red count-up bezel. And the 242T Professional is well known to fans of the Space Race — supposedly submitted for trials in the 1960s against the likes of the Rolex Daytona and others, it may have very nearly beat out the Speedmaster to the Moon.
But like so many watch brands, Wittnauer folded in the face of budget crises in the mid-1980s, causing Longines to dissolve its relationship with the company. Despite this, vintage Wittnauer watches remain a testament to the company’s ingenuity and elegance, while some of their more unique pieces — like the Wittnauer 2000 mechanical calendar watch and their Super Compressor dive watch — can be had at relatively affordable prices.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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Wittnauer Fantasia

Wittnauer Fantasia

Regular price
$1,450
Regular price
Sale price
$1,450
Wittnauer Fantasia

Why We Love it

One factor that we feel differentiates the Analog:Shift approach to vintage timepiece dealings are that we readily step outside the box to source some incredibly interesting and unusual watches for your consideration.  

This lovely timepiece by Wittnauer, formally known as a Reference 2367, is more commonly referred to as a 'Fantasia' - which is the style of hoop and stick handset attached. More commonly seen on the electrically driven Electro-chron line, this beauty is a thin-cased manual winder wearing a domed acrylic crystal over its textured corduroy-like dial. Paired up with a period steel mesh bracelet by JB Champion with Wittnauer-signed clasp, this great little watch is a real treasure.

Measuring 33.5mm in diameter with a 9mm thickness, this piece wears much larger than expected and showcases an undeniably cool mid-century design language!

Overall Condition

The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. White 'corduroy' dial with applied indices is in good condition showing light patination throughout with matching 'exotic' handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

+
From its inception in the 1880s, Wittnauer gained a reputation for its 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. During the Second World War, the firm produced compasses for the U.S. military. And for decades, Wittnauer was inextricably tied with Longines — indeed, many of both brands’ wares from the mid-20th century are signed “Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co.”
In the 1950s and ‘60s, the brand produced exceptional chronographs at a more competitive price point than its Swiss contemporaries. Products such as the reference 3256, which used the affordable Venus caliber 188, are today relatively plentiful, and handsome to boot. Slightly more high-end pieces such as the reference 7004A featured unique elements like thick sword hands, a lollipop seconds hand, and a red count-up bezel. And the 242T Professional is well known to fans of the Space Race — supposedly submitted for trials in the 1960s against the likes of the Rolex Daytona and others, it may have very nearly beat out the Speedmaster to the Moon.
But like so many watch brands, Wittnauer folded in the face of budget crises in the mid-1980s, causing Longines to dissolve its relationship with the company. Despite this, vintage Wittnauer watches remain a testament to the company’s ingenuity and elegance, while some of their more unique pieces — like the Wittnauer 2000 mechanical calendar watch and their Super Compressor dive watch — can be had at relatively affordable prices.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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