Vintage Wittnauer Electro Chron Electric 1st Edition Swiss Made Lightning Bolt Hands


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In 1960 Wittnauer began producing what would become known as the Electro Chron. Early version of the watches are known as the Electric, such as the watch being offering today. The stand out feature of these watches are the incredible hands – the seconds and minutes hands both have lightning bolt elements, whilst the hour hand is like a planet or spaceship! This example remains in stunning condition all round – the silver dial and hands are in exceptionally nice condition. The 35.5mm steel case is crisp as is the bezel. This Wittnauer is fitted with its original JB Champion Wittnauer-signed expanding steel bracelet. The Electric is driven by a Landeron 4750 movement, which has had a new battery.

When it comes to really cool and rare vintage watches, there are very few that come close. The lightning hands are unique and famous – look it up (   In the early 1960s, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees baseball teams used Wittnauer Electro-Chrons as presentation watches to past players in much the same way as many companies used Hamilton Electrics for employees.

Because of their association with famous baseball players from the 1940s, these watches have become very collectible…and at least one has fetched a significant sum at auction. This is NOT a MLB watch, but it is the same type.

There are two versions of this watch that I am aware about. The first, like this one, has a back that can be opened and you can change the battery easily. This type is marked “Electric” on the dial. The second type is less desirable in my opinion, as you need to remove the crystal and the movement every time you change the battery. This second type is marked “Electo Chron”. Both types have Electro Chron on the case back. 


Absolutely stunning Vintage Wittnauer Electric Electro Chron in absolutely outstanding condition! I mean it is a beauty considering its 60 years old!! This is the 1st version as noted above!!

BRAND: Wittnauer

MODEL: Electro Chron Electric

MOVEMENT: Swiss Electric Landeron 4750

CASE: Stainless Steel

CROWN: Push/Pull Crown

SIZE: 35.5mm

LUGS: 18mm

DIAL: White/Silver

BEZEL: Non rotating

CONDITION: Pre-owned – Vintage – Circa 1960’s

BOXES/PAPERS: Wittnauer Box & Watch – as shown in pictures

WATER RESISTANCE: – n/a – vintage

STRAP/BRACELET: Original JB Champion Wittnauer Expanding Steel Bracelet – Awesome!!

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