Wittnauer Electro-Chron Bolt Hands Box/Papers SOLD
One of the earliest electric power watches produced in 1961 or 62 by the Longines-Wittnauer Watch co in amazing near mint condition with box and all papers. This is the rare early "double back" version which allowed the battery to be changed without exposing the movement inside. Included are the original triangular turquoise box, guarantee booklet, instruction booklet, advertising card, price tag, hang tag, replacement battery packaging, original sales receipt (not pictured) and even the small round sticker from the back which reads "Important, Do Not Open, Read Instructions"!! A similar watch was presented to the New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio in 1962 and subsequently sold in 2008 at Christies for $13,750 (see link) http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5057802
What you see here is a truly rare and important historical horological artifact in Museum worthy condition....and very cool style to boot!
Style: Early Electro-Mechanical Sport style wristwatch
Case: Large and sturdy "All-Proof" solid stainless steel 3-piece case with double screw down back. Stamped on the reverse with the lightening bolt and Wittnauer Electric, then inside Wittnauer Watch Co INC, Swiss, Stainless Steel with model reference number 6150/1. Measures 35mm in diameter excluding the original signed crown. The only non-original item present is the new high quality leather strap with generic buckle, 18mm width.
Dial: Mint factory original pie-pan style 2-tone dial with steel markers including a bolt at 12:00. The hands are wonderfully unusual with a circular shape hour, and lightening bolt minute and seconds indicators.
Movement: High quality early battery powered electro-mechanical movement manufactured by Landeron of Switzerland, caliber 4750. Signed Wittnauer Watch Co INC, Swiss 13 Jewels, Unadjusted, (Wittnauer caliber) 11EW, AXA. Recently serviced and in excellent working condition. Comes with a replacement #389 cell with insert spacer and spring to hold it properly inside the battery chamber as the original, larger WD-4 battery is no longer available.