Saturday, September 29, 2012

SOLD - THE MOST EXCLUSIVE JUMP HOUR - NEW OLD STOCK WITTNAUER DOUBLE RETROGRADE SECTOR FLYBACK FUTURAMA 1000 GENTS WRISTWATCH






BRAND/JENAMA : WITTNAUER DOUBLE RETROGRADE SECTOR FUTURAMA 1000 JUMP HOUR
MODEL : FLYBACK JUMP HOUR
MOVEMENT/ENJIN : Automatic ETA2784 Flyback Module Hi-Beat 28,800bps 17 Jewels Swiss Movement
ORIGIN/BUATAN : Longines/Wittnauer Swiss
NO. SIRI/SERIAL NO. : -
CIRCA/TAHUN : 1970's
CASING/KEMASAN : GOLD PLATED TOP & STAINLESS STEEL BACK
FUNCTION/FUNGSI : JUMP HOUR, MINUTES, SECOND AND DATE AT 3:00
DIAL: YELLOW/BLACK
BEZEL: GOLD PLATED
MARKINGS/TANDA JENAMA : DIAL, MOVEMENT
BAND/TALI :
GORIGINAL WITTNAUER STRACH BAND FIT 9" WRIST
LUGS SIZE: 22mm
BAND WIDTH: 120mm
LENS: HARDLEX ACCRYLIC CRYSTAL
MEASUREMENT : 41mm WITHOUT CROWN X 48mm LUG TO LUG
WATER RESISTANT: NOT TESTED
CONDITION: COMES WITH ORIGINAL INNER BOX COMPLETE WITH OPERATING PAPER, EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME, JUMP TO 12:00
PRICE/HARGA:SOLD TO ED F MALKOVICH, MALIBU, CARLIFORNIA, USA )
SOLD RM4500


The ingenious
flyback Wittnauer Futurama is an amazing "Retrograde" concept that is considered to be a jump hour. It is rare to some extent and one of the most expensive jump hours. A few dial versions were made: black+gold, gold+grey or silver+yellow trim as pictured. It features a robust 28.800-beat automatic ETA2784 power-horse with flyback module applied on top. There is no reference in any literature on the inventor of this module but it can be found in other similar watches including the famous LIP Sectuer
and a few obscure brands (also revived recently in a modern quartz Jean d'Eve). The ETA movement and most of its derived calibres are produced unchanged until today so spare parts are easy to find. The jumping functionality is simple but requires some insight for easier troubleshooting during repairs.

So what exactly is the Sector Futurama? Well, it's one of the few double retrograde wristwatches that saw the light of day during this time period. This watch features a Swiss-Made automatic movement that, on top of being a true double retrograde (hands descend along dial and jump back to top on the hour), features a date window.

There were very few double-retrograde watches made in the early seventies but here are two of the very best. The vintage automatic winding "Futurama 1000" by Wittnauer featured only three styles, silver dial, yellow and black dial with hours and minutes displayed in an arc (hours on left, minutes on right). As each hand travels to the bottom, they fly-back to the top rather than circularly rotate. Deep-set magnified portholes for date display..

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