07/24/2012

Amelia Mary Earhart : Born 115 years ago!

Born July 24 1897, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Ameliia Erhardt used a Swiss timepiece to help her. Time could have been a factor in her disappearance!


In 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman – and the first person since Lindbergh – to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her Lockheed Vega-5B monoplane was equipped with A. Wittnauer Company timepieces. This company, founded in the United States by Swiss watch maker Albert Wittnauer, was a producer of fine Swiss watches. These watches used the Wittnauer Swiss movement, which refers to the mechanics and inner workings of these fine timepieces.

On July 2, 1937, midnight GMT, Earhart and Fred Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea, to fly across the Pacific Ocean: the last leg of a round the world flight. However, they never made it to their destination, Howland Island. Despite a gigantic and expensive search, their were no signs of them.

The mystery of what actually happened is still unsolved, with many theories. One of the theories concerns the time: she planned a rendezvous with the USCG cutter Itasca using a communication schedule with time systems set a half hour apart : Earhart using Greenwich Civil Time (GCT) and the Itasca a Naval time zone designation system.

According to a Web article, Wittnauer watches are still being produced by Bulova with Swiss movements. According to the article

Vintage Wittnauer watches are valued by collectors and vintage watch aficionados for their durability and precision.

However, I personally have never heard of them.


17:54 Posted in Special days and notable incidents | Permalink | Comments (0) | |  del.icio.us | | Digg! Digg |  Facebook

The comments are closed.