The Wittnauer story is the saga of a marriage between Swiss ingenuity and American know-how. Albert Wittnauer stepped off the boat into the New York City of 1876 and in several years became heir to the great company that produced the first Longines watches. Albert and his growing family established a watch dynasty to rival the burgeoning watch companies of an industrialized America working in high gear towards the future. Today, over a hundred years later, Wittnauer International, Inc. still produces some of the finest watches the New World--and the Old one--has seen.
Craftsmanship of Wittnauer Watches
Wittnauer is understandably proud of its Mineron crystal, a tempered mineral glass much harder than ordinary mineral glass. The surgical grade stainless steel it employs is corrosion-resistant and less likely to react to the skin. All bracelets are tested for flexibility and retention. Its bands are genuine leather and color will not run when exposed to perspiration. All models are water resistant. The high-density 23 karat gold-plated finish also resists corrosion and scratches and perspiration that can cause adhesion problems. Its movements are accurate Swiss quartz for long-term use. The dials are high purity brass, many with protective hard lacquer finishes and gilt-finished markers.
Design of Wittnauer Watches
Wittnauer designs run the gamut of beauty and functionality. The apparently unlimited creativity of its artisans has produced over fifteen different collections that dazzle the eye, fire the imagination, and warm the spirit. Working in silver, gold, mother-of-pearl, diamond-encrusted insets, and genuine leather, the Wittnauer craftsman create an inexhaustible line of little masterpieces. Many styles feature fine diamonds of G-H color and VS1 to SI2 clarity. Each watch has its own textured polish, matte, satin or patterned finish that is sensuous both to the eye and to the touch. And each watch is a highly functioning instrument that does not forget its original purpose as a superior and accurate timepiece. The Wittnauer watch is a classic of sophisticated design and craftsmanship.
Wittnauer Watch Collections
Ashford.com represents many of Wittnauer's collections, from the gorgeous Laureate to the sleek Cosmopolitan, from the classic Continental Strap Collection to the astonishing futuristic Hardmetal Collection. Sheer luxury and beauty are reflected in collections such as Premier, Romance and Diamond Romance, among others. We also showcase Wittnauer's collection of fine Diver Chronographs in the Odyssey Collection.