An American Golden Oldie


Our favourite vintage watches have something unusual about them – something that makes you think you’ll never see another quite like it. That’s how we feel about this gorgeous Wittnauer vintage watch. The rolled gold case has been beautifully shaped and machined, like an art deco cigarette case.

A bit of research on the company suggests an interesting history. Founded in America in 1890, Wittnauer timepieces that were used on trips made by navigators, explorers, and astronomers. They were thought to be at the cutting edge of accuracy and style, and were de rigeur with pioneer aviators in the early twentieth century. They created the first waterproof, shock-proof and anti-magnetic watch, and even helped Commander Richard E. Byrd navigate the first flight over the North Pole in 1926.

No surprises, then, that this example from the 40s is such a stunner and keeping perfect time. You don’t have to fly to the North Pole with it, but you could if you wanted to. The firm was bought by Bulova in 2001, so they’re still making high quality watches, although none as cool as this one.

Commander Byrd and his aircraft. What a dude. You can't quite see his Wittnauer, unfortunately.


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