Wittnauer 2000 Perpetual Calender

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Wittnauer 2000 Perpetual Calender

Postby koimaster » February 15th 2016, 8:53pm

The Wittnauer 2000: A Perpetual Calendar Thats Time Is Almost (Or Maybe Already) Up

A perpetual calendar is one of the more impressive complications in a mechanical watch. Remember that AP Grande Complication that only requires 1 touch of a button every 36,425 days to remain accurate? Impressive to say the least. The watch we have found for you today isn't a 100 year perpetual calendar, but rather a 45 year. It comes from the Wittnauer brand, who made some damn interesting watches back in the day.

As you can tell, this watch is definitely of the vintage variety so that leads us to the obvious question. If the perpetual calendar is good for 45 years on this Wittnauer, how long until we'd have to reset it? Well, this watch was made in 1970, which means in just 6 years you'd likely have to take this watch into a shop to reset it for another 45 years.

It certainly depends on who you are and what you're into, but we think it'd be interesting to take a vintage perpetual calendar in to have it reset, and really, who can wait 100 years for the Audemars Piguet?

This particular Wittnauer 2000 is essentially New Old Stock, in pristine condition with even the original presentation box. Everything on it is original and in perfect condition, and it's a rather good looking watch. The one we have found is being offered at $975, not a bad price for a vintage automatic perpetual calendar in absolutely perfect condition. Click here for the details and more images.

If you love the idea of an inexpensive perpetual calendar, here is a less than NOS Wittnauer 2000 on ebay for $169. That said, before we end this post, we have to mention two "rumors" that are going around in the forums about this watch. The first is that it is not actually a perpetual calendar, but rather a manual calendar adjusted by the crown at 4 o'clock. The other rumor, which we certainly hope IS true because it would just make the Wittnauer 2000 the most self-defeating watch in history, is that the calendar actually does not go past the year 2000 (thus the name "2000"). What good would be a calendar watch be if it couldn't even track the year? Did the designers at Wittnauer think the world would be over by the time 2000 rolled around?

We can't speak to the truth of either of these rumors, but this is certainly an interesting watch. If anyone has any information of the specifics of the Wittnauer 2000, we'd sure love to hear them.

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