On the occasion of Analog/Shift's fourth anniversary, the Horological Society of New York welcomes the famous NYC-based watch retailer as an official sponsor. In addition, AnalogShift is auctioning a very special Wittnauer Electro-Chron wristwatch in partnership with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Horological Society of New York.
This Wittnauer Electro-Chron has a fascinating historical connection to Major League Baseball. In the early 1960s, Wittnauer Electro-Chrons were presented to former Major Leaguers by the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. This particular Electro-Chron belonged to none other than famed (or infamous) shortstop “Rowdy” Richard Bartell.
Dick Bartell’s career in the Major League Baseball began in 1927. In the nearly twenty years Bartell was in the Major Leagues, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Tigers. This watch was presented to Bartell by the owners of the New York Yankees at Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, July 28, 1962.
The auction runs until Friday, May 20, 2016. Head over to Analog/Shift now to place your bid for a piece of NYC horological history!