Wittnauer 14W Two-Register Chronograph ref. 3256 (Venus 188)


Brand: Wittnauer

Model: 14W Two-Register Chronograph ref. 3256 (early Wittnauer-only dial); Swiss Made circa 1950s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 35mm excluding the original unsigned winding crown

Strap: 18mm hand-made tan calfskin strap with matching stitching and polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Wittnauer cal. 14W (base Venus cal. 188) manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original luminous Wittnauer-only dial with "torch" indices and "SWISS" signature at 6 o'clock; original luminous hands; original blued-steel register hands; 30-minute chronograph recording capability; blue tachymeter scale for timing the average speed of a moving object (i.e. racing applications); red telemeter scale for timing the distance that an object travels over time (i.e. military artillery timing); sharp solid stainless steel case with screw-down back and fantastic proportions; domed acrylic crystal

Condition: Incredible original condition overall with only minor signs of wear consistent with age and light use; solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with razor-sharp bevels and the original finishes throughout; screw-down caseback is in equally fantastic condition; gorgeous original dial with crisp printing, vibrant colors, and all lume plots present (lume plots have aged to a very attractive yellow hue); original hands with all luminous material in tact and matching; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: If you've been looking for a vintage Wittnauer 3256 Chronograph, this is THE example to have! We much prefer the clean Wittnauer-only dial (pre-Genève) as seen here with beautiful yellow lume plots and matching original hands. Collectors also tend to favor the Venus 188 movement with standard pusher operations over the more common Landeron 248 movement (Wittnauer cal. 14Y). This watch can be worn with just about anything and the clean overall design is reminiscent of Gallet MultiChron models from this era. At 35mm in diameter and 44mm lug-to-lug, it sits comfortably on the wrist and slides nicely under a cuff. It would be difficult to find a better vintage stainless steel sport chronograph in this condition with pump pushers and a screw-down caseback for under $2k.

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