Wittnauer Professional Chronograph

SKU AS02191
SKU AS02191

Why We Love it

Before the Digital Age, the passage of time was recorded manually, marked by the stately sweep of a chronograph hand. A chronograph became an essential piece of kit for everyone whose life revolved around accurate timekeeping. From aviators and astronauts to soldiers, sailors, and race car drivers—all strapped chronographs to their wrists.

It’s uncertain when manufactures began applying the “professional” appellation to their watches. However, it’s possible that it happened after the Omega Speedmaster passed rounds of rigorous tests by NASA for use in the space program. The Speedmaster of course passed, and Omega designated the watch as “Professional” to celebrate the feat.

Other manufactures followed suit in the mid-to-late 1960s, Wittnauer being among them.

Established in the 1870s, Wittnauer had a long and well-established tradition of making watches, and making them well. The brand made its name early on in the production of highly-accurate and well-made timekeeping instruments for airplanes. Aviators like Amelia Earhart wore Wittnauers in their flights, and Charles Lindbergh collaborated with Wittnauer’s partner (and eventual parent company), Longines, to create the Hour Angle wristwatch, which was distributed in the U.S. by Wittnauer.

And by the 1960s, Wittnauer’s chronographs had a reputation for accuracy and robustness that attracted the attention of NASA.

It’s uncertain which model of chronograph Wittnauer submitted to NASA for inclusion in the trials. However, even though the watch didn’t pass, Wittnauer was proud enough of the honor to mention the tests in advertising materials. And the chronographs that the brand produced in the late 1960s all bore the designation “Professional.”

This particular chronograph is a 239T Professional Chronograph, Reference 7004A.

With its cherry red bezel, it’s perhaps the most easily-recognizable chronograph of Wittnauer's. The large stainless steel case, capped by the bright rotating bezel, is unmistakable and hard to miss. Longines manufactured one at the same time, and even reintroduced it a couple of years ago.

We’ve offered several of these beauties before. In fact, it’s safe to say we’re enamored of them. Large without being bulky, stylish without being flashy, they’re among some of the finest chronographs of the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

The one that we offer here is a later version, most likely produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s. It differs from earlier iterations in that it’s powered not by the Landeron Calibre 248, but by the Valjoux 7733 movement. Well-made inside and out, with a handsomely-weathered bezel, strong case, and eye-catching "arrow" minute hand, it’s indicative of a time and place when watches were more than just accessories, but indispensable tools that you wouldn’t leave home without.

We’re sure you wouldn’t want to either.

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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.

International Buyers

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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.

Wittnauer Professional Chronograph

Wittnauer Professional Chronograph

Wittnauer Professional Chronograph


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