Wittnauer Polara (Stainless)
An elegant LED watch
With its elegant tapered face and crystal, this excellent timepiece blends a bit of classical elegance with a bit of 70s futuristic design.
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The Wittnauer company was a venerable importer and manufacturer of high quality wristwatches.
The Wittnauer company was founded in 1880 by Albery Wittnauer as an importer of fine Swiss wristwatches. Thet began designing and manufacturing their own designs about ten years later. In the early to mid part of the 20th century, Wittnauer became known for providing watches for scientific exploration and polar expeditions.
Wittnauer watches were used in polar expeditions and were used by many famous explorers of the day including Roald Amundsen, Richard E. Byrd, Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart.
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A noted horologist once wrote, "No one company has been more involved in the design and production of so many different types of navigational timepieces and been involved in so many history making expeditions..."
The Wittnauer company was purchased by Bulova in 2001, which was then purchased by Citizen in 2008.
This watch is in almost like new minty condition. Even the highly polished front bezel is almost perfect. The sides are also polished to a mirror shine and are almost perfect except for a few very light scratches. It looks almost like new. The only way that you can tell that it was used is that the battery hatches on the case back show signs of use.
Face / Hands: Excellent.
All digits are complete and bright. The display on this type of Hughes module has very large, bright, readable digits.
The crystal is almost perfect with no visible chips along the edges or scratches on the face. The logo is in pristine condition as you can see in the macro photos above.
Band / Bracelet: Excellent.
The original bracelet is excellent and fits an 8" wrist.
Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
All functions work perfectly. Digital quartz accuracy.