Ten years after the first Wittnauer watch was produced, Eugene bestowed the title of "A. The company went from strength to strength as Albert's brothers, Louis and Emile, joined him from Switzerland to help run the family business now residing on Maiden Lane, the heart of New York's jewellery and watchmaking industry in its day.Albert was as skilled a hirer as he was a watchmaker, employing Ferdinand Haschka (who later became the head watchmaker for Tiffany & Co) and Charles Johns (who went on to create a perpetual calendar chronometer that would feature at the 1939 World's fair).A young man from from a far off land with a dream that he would eventually have his name of the dashboards of pilots and pioneers & on the wrists of actors and astronauts.This dream would continue even after his death as his sister, the first female CEO of a watch manufacturer, took the reins of the company in the midst of the worst economic depression America had ever seen.The Wittnauer brand today remains under the Bulova umbrella and currently produces fashionable timepieces for both men and women.You’ll find many popular, trend-setting Wittnauer watches at Worldof Watches.com, including the strikes a classically elegant note in two-tone stainless steel.During Martha's tenure as CEO, the company was chosen to be the official timer for the first national radio station in America, the National Broadcasting Company, and to be part of the instruments for several aeronautical adventures including Amelia Earhart's voyage across the Atlantic.
The year was 1872 and at just sixteen years old, Albert Wittnauer journeyed from Switzerland to New York to work for his brother-in-law, Eugene Roberts, who ran a watch importing business focused mostly on high end pieces such as Vacheron & Constantin and Jaeger Le Coultre.
Unfortunately, one by one the three brothers passed away and in 1916 (four years before she would be allowed to vote) their sister Martha, a homemaker with no watch or business knowledge, became CEO of A. Despite her lack of formal business training, Martha would lead the company for twenty years, surviving a World War and the Great Depression.
Under her leadership, the original goal of producing high quality, low price watches remained at the forefront of the company's objectives.
The Wittnauer brand immediately found its niche producing scientific and private exploration timepieces for navigators, explorers and astronomers.
The US Navy employed Wittnauer in the early 1900’ Wittnauer also holds the distinction of being a female oriented watch brand.