In the 1930s through 1960s, the golden age of watch production, watches were indispensable pieces of kit that made the difference between success and failure.

With simple, clean designs and their robust movements, the tool watches of the 1960s and 1970s were built to accompany the adventurer across the globe, through punishing environs—from the heights of Mount Everest to the depths of the Marianas Trench and everything in between. Produced in true form follows function fashion, these watches do what they were meant to do—keep accurate time, no matter the weather—with the minimum amount of fuss, and their classic designs have found a place in the collections of modern enthusiasts. 

Wittnauer, the longstanding subsidiary of Longines, is perhaps now best-known for their sporty and stylish chronographs. However, the brand was also responsible for some of the handsomest divers of the era. Built upon the simple stainless steel contract case utilized by many other brands, Wittnauer developed a miraculously simple piece, understated in all the right ways.  

This watch boasts a inky black dial with markers that have attained a gorgeous patina over time. Despite the fact that this watch was designed and produced with a purpose in mind, there's admittedly something undeniably attractive about the subtle interplay between the polished bi-directional bezel and the steel luminous hands. In producing a functional and economic offering for the sport or amateur SCUBA enthusiast, Wittnauer clearly sacrificed nothing when it came to aesthetics.   

And in this condition, it just goes to show you that a watch doesn't have to be an icon to turn a few heads. 


Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown). Wittnauer Reference C11-SK. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with crisp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have slight signs of use and wear in keeping with its age. Rotating bezel is in very good condition with minimal signs of wear. Dial is in very good condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Unsigned crown. Case back has one deep tool mark but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes 20mm rubber dive strap and two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle