Wittnauer Two-Register Chronograph ref. 3256


Brand: Wittnauer

Model: Two-Register Chronograph ref. 3256; Swiss Made circa 1960s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 36mm excluding the original Wittnauer signed crown

Strap: 18mm OD-green nylon NATO strap with stainless steel hardware

Movement: Wittnauer cal. 14Y (base Landeron cal. 248) manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original three-color dial with nice Tritium patina; blue outer tachymeter scale; red inner telemeter scale; original Tritium "alpha" hands; original blued-steel register hands; 30-minute chronograph recording capability; razor-sharp solid stainless steel case

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with only minor honest wear consistent with age and use; original three-color dial with crisp printing and vibrant colors throughout and some wear in the small running seconds sub-dial at 9 o'clock; original "alpha" hands with all luminous material in tact; original blued-steel register hands (yes, the small sub-register hands are supposed to be different); solid stainless steel case is razor sharp and appears to be completely unpolished while retaining its original edges and bevels; a couple of very minor toolmarks on the caseback

Other: Here at watchsteez, we take great pride in sourcing honest and original watches - What's more honest than getting a vintage watch (like this Wittnauer chronograph) with an incredible story? This watch comes with a hand-written letter from its owner detailing the specific history of the watch. The letter reads:

In the spring of 1966 I transferred from a nuclear submarine to a WW2 diesel submarine, USS Torsk (SS-423) in Norfolk, Virginia. While on duty there, my best shipmate Peter S. (CSI) transferred to a nuclear submarine. Anything radium (dials etc. on watches) was not permitted due to false reading pick-ups so we swapped watches, his Wittnauer for my non-radium Timex till we meet again. Needless to say, we lost touch and it never came to be. I wore this watch till 2008 when the strap broke and the company I worked for presented me with a new one (watch). Not much of a story but time goes on.

-Ludwig R.

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