Wittnauer has a long history in the watchmaking world. Beginning over a hundred years, this brand has had its ups and downs in popularity. At their beginning, Wittnauer watches and instruments were used for flight, war, and adventure. Wittnauer instruments were even featured in Amelia Earheart’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932. Through many changes, they’ve continued to stay afloat and currently provide quite a few very exciting pieces, both beautiful and useful.
Reliable and Active Pieces
Wittnauer watches were known for their ability to create reliable pieces that fit a time full of innovation, exploration and even war. They still produce many watches that are great for those who are active and those who simply need a reliable, attractive watch. We are going to look at a few watches that highlight some utilitarian watches that Wittnauer produces.
Wittnauer Black Dial Watch WN3003
This WN3003 watch is a beautiful stainless-steel chronograph that shows how Wittnauer can create both beautiful and functional watches. The analog display has quartz movement and is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire glass. The bracelet is faceted and has a double-press deployment closure. The watch has subtle, beautiful features, with a gunmetal sunray dial, luminous markers, and luminous hands. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters.
Reviewers love that this piece has the appearance of a luxury watch because, while it is quite luxurious, it is also quite cheap. This watch, with its slick silver and black contrasts, can be dressed up or down easily. With the extremely affordable price of this watch, you can enjoy wearing it out and about. Terror at the idea of losing a much more expensive brand’s watch, like Rolex, can often negate the fun of wearing it. With this watch, you have the feel and look of luxury while paying very little for it.
Wittnauer Mens WN1002
The Wittnauer Mens WN1002 is a traditional, rustic piece. The rose-gold, leather and black combined provides an earthy, natural feel to this watch. The strap is a brown crocodile leather and the dial is a beautiful gunmetal sunray. The skeleton hands are luminous and have a white accent. Featuring a day and date window, the display is protected by scratch-free sapphire crystal and rose-gold ion plated stainless steel 42mm case.
Overall, this is a gorgeous watch with beautiful detail. Product pictures do not do this beautiful watch justice.
Most people seem to adore this watch as an every-day piece for casual wear. This is not a watch to be worn to a black-tie dinner, but it is still eye-catching and will gain quite a bit of attention. The uniqueness of its design and color-coordination is a big draw for this watch. You are not going to be seeing many of them around.
This Wittnauer WN3011is a unique watch that truly draws the eye to it. Looking ready for any adventure you could throw at it, this is a watch you can wear for any occasion. The chronograph is in a dark black ceramic with rose-gold finish accents. The dial is black, and the watch has a double-press deployment closure. The sapphire glass will protect it from scratches and harm. The markers and hands are distinctively luminous, and the watch features a calendar box. The watch’s movement is Japan quartz. The watch is also water resistant up to 50 meters.
This watch seems truly luxurious. The ceramic black is extremely attractive, and the rose-gold touches illuminate the face. This is a watch for anyone in just about any setting. Regardless of where you wear it, the watch will gain attention.
Bold and Beautiful
Something that becomes very apparent the moment you investigate Wittnauer watches is the fact that they have quite a collection of brilliant formal watches. With Wittnauer’s low prices, an appealing factor of this brand is the unique pieces you can get without shelling out a lot of money. We’re going to look at some of the more attention-grabbing pieces.
If we were looking for attention-grabbing, nothing else will quite meet that description like the Wittnauer WN3013. This watch is anything but subtle and plain. In fact, its almost as if it has something to prove.
This watch is stainless steel with the dial being silver toned with a crystal pave setting. The strap is stainless steel with stones spreading out from the 44mm case onto the strap part of the way around it. It uses Japan quartz for movement and the dial window is protected with Hardlex.
Again, this is a gorgeous watch. With the wrong outfit or setting, though, this watch could go from attention-grabbing to a little bit gaudy. Reviews about this watch are glowing. No one can believe that this stunner is as cheap as it is. In general, it is a well-liked watch. While it is a bit dramatic, who doesn’t need a bit of drama in their life?
A little bit calmer but no less classy is the Wittnauer Wn3057. This watch is a strange bird but in a great way. The round 44mm case is black with little crystals planted around the rim and inside the face of the watch. The contrast and almost surprising element of the sparking detail is what makes this watch so distinctive. Glancing past the watch, you think you are looking at a beautiful but relatively basic black stainless-steel watch with a white face. After a moment, you finally absorb the fact that you are looking at many crystals.
This is a great watch for both dressier events and professional settings.
Wittnauer Mens WN3037
While there is still a lot of bling in this Wittnauer WN3037 watch, the style is unique. With 284 hand-set crystals on this tonneau-shaped case, this chic watch is strangely understated. In the right setting, this watch will be the perfect accessory for an elegant event or a night on the town.
The band is stainless steel and crystals along the case stand in gorgeous contrast against the black brushed sunray dial.
Reviewers love this watch and, while it is meant for men, women find the watch to work well for them as well. Overall, this is a great piece that highlights the cheap but versatile, classy, and eye-catching watches Wittnauer is making.
History of Wittnauer
Wittnauer was founded by Albert Wittnauer, an immigrant from Switzerland who came to the U.S. in the late 19the century as a teenager. He began to work with his brother-in-law, who imported Swiss watches. Helped by his brother, Albert decided there was a need for timepieces with the high-quality of Swiss watches but locally made to save on money.
The brand was established in 1885 and Wittnauer movements were made by Swiss firms on their behalf at first. They began small as a family business but grew very quickly as the world changed. Wittnauer produced instruments and watches for aviation units in World War I when durability and accuracy were needed more than ever.
They also provided timepieces and instruments to those who would change the world. As we mentioned previously, Amelia Earheart was one such explorer who utilized pieces provided by Wittnauer. She wasn’t the only one. In fact, Wittnauer is known for providing products to adventurers and explorers who would go down in history. Neil Armstrong wore a Wittnauer during his Gemini 8 mission. This brand was used widely for a variety of things but at the forefront was adventure and exploration both on land and in the air.
For most of the 20th century, Wittnauer kept its acclaimed reputation. Sadly, they came across budget issues and were bought by Bulova in 2001. While popularity has certainly declined in recent decades, Wittnauer is still producing quality watches that are reminiscent of the days when they were literally keeping track of history as it happened.
Wittnauer seems to be a brand that has withstood many a bump in the road. This brand has been around for a very long time. Like any company that has existed for over a hundred years, there are bound to be issues, ups, downs, and confusion as it enters modern times. The brand surviving two world wars and contributing to monumental moments in history proves its worth. But, a little more important than its history is what Wittnauer’s products look like today.
Both Wittnauer’s formal and more utilitarian watch options may not be top-of-the-line but they are good watches. They are also well-crafted and have a truly original style. The incredible pricing of most of the watches is also a huge factor. There are very few watches available on the market with such a long history, beautiful pieces, and affordable prices. If you are looking to invest your money into a top-tier watch, this is not going to be the best option. However, if you just want a high quality, beautiful watch that has a great history, Wittnauer will have something to suit your needs.