Ollech & Wajs Selects Soprod Newton P092 Movement as the Replacement of ETA 2824-2 Caliber

After a long and rigorous search for a successor to the tried and trusted ETA 2824-2, Swiss watch brand Ollech & Wajs has announced a new partnership with Swiss movement manufacturer Soprod.

Located in the Swiss Jura, just a few minutes away from OW’s historic workshop, Soprod have been developing and manufacturing high-quality mechanical movements since 1966.

In 2020 Soprod unveiled the ‘Newton P092’, a new in-house developed automatic calibre. The movement is characterised by a full-balance bridge supporting the exposed balance at 6:00, which, in conjunction with the double-cone Incabloc® shock absorber provides increased protection for the balance itself. It has 23 jewels and an impressive 44-hour power reserve.

The Soprod Newton P092 movement is independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It undergoes several trials, including an accelerated ageing cycle designed to simulate the effects of a watch worn on the wrist. The procedure involves extreme temperature variations, and 20,000 indirect impact shocks of varying severity. Only movements that pass all the tests are awarded the Chronofiable® certification.

Furthermore, the movement was subjected to OW’s own stringent testing program. Of the nine movements evaluated, from eight different Swiss manufacturers, the Soprod Newton outperformed them all.

Then followed a period of close collaboration between OW and Soprod, to develop a bespoke version of the Newton P092, modified to OW’s own specifications and adjusted in five positions.

Ollech & Wajs opted for a simple, Brutalist finish, in accordance with OW’s rugged aesthetics. ‘O&W 1956’ is engraved into the nickel-plated gear train bridge, over which sits a co-designed, custom rotor in the shape of the OW marque.

The inimitable new movement will carry OW’s own ‘PRECISION’ rating, reserved for movements of only the highest quality.

The first Soprod-powered OW watches will be available later this year.

Movement specifications

Caliber: Soprod Newton P092
Type: Automatic
Dimensions: 25.60 mm diameter; 4.60 mm height
Date-only calendar, with semi-instantaneous changes and quick adjustment using the crown, stop-seconds, and 4Hz 28,800 vibrations per hour
23 jewels; 44-hour power reserve
Average accuracy: +/-7 seconds per day, adjusted in five positions (equivalent of ETA Elabore)