Wittnauer was founded in New York City in 1885 by Albert Wittnauer, a Swiss immigrant who came from a family of watchmakers. Wittnauer watches were known for their innovative designs, and they were often ahead of their time. In the early 20th century, the company introduced the first waterproof wristwatch, and they also developed the first chronograph with a split-second function.During World War II, Wittnauer produced watches for the US military, and their timepieces were used by American pilots and other servicemen. After the war, the company continued to innovate, and in the 1950s they introduced the first electric watch, which was powered by a battery.

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