Ollech & Wajs presents OW M100, a tactical tool watch that draws on over 60 years of military and dive expertise of the brand.
This new model combines many design characteristics, and the waterproofness of OW’s original dive watches, with a 360-degree compass bezel more conventionally found on field watches. The M100 honours the long legacy of armed forces personnel who have worn OW watches, especially in the 1960s.
The new OW M100 takes several design cues from vintage Ollech & Wajs military watches such as the 1964 OW Aquaguard.
The compass bezel of the new OW M100 watch is a node to vintage field watches and navigation instruments. During the old times, compass bezel was used by the soldiers to navigate through unknown regions. Today, we use GPS satellites and sensors to track our positions from anywhere in the world.
Another distinctive feature of the M100 is provisioning of the radio silence period markers on the dial. These are three-minute periods immediately after each quarter hour, reserved exclusively for making – and listening for – distress calls.
The M100, as the first OW watch to house the new Soprod Newton Precision movement, also sets a new bearing for Ollech & Wajs.
The result of a close collaboration between OW and Soprod, the new movement is a bespoke version of the Newton P092, modified to OW’s own specifications and adjusted in five positions. It has been finished in accordance with the iconic tool watch brand’s rugged aesthetics.
The inscription ‘OW Zurich 1956’ is engraved into the nickel- plated base, on which sits a co-designed, custom rotor in the shape of the OW marque.
The Soprod Newton P092 movement is independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and has been awarded a Chronofiable® certification.
The M100 also sees the return of the classic ‘skin diver’ case, first used on early OW models such as the 1964 Aquaguard and the 1965 Early Bird.
The M100 will come on either a yet-to-be-revealed strap option, or a heavy-gauge, stainless steel mesh bracelet with reinforced ends and hand-brushed finish.
A great amount of care has gone into the development of this new bracelet, in line with OW’s historical approach. Comfortable to wear, it is virtually indestructible and fit for professional use. The sturdy milled and engraved clasp is extendable up to 22 mm, and a double pusher-release system provides extra security against accidental opening.
As has become a new OW tradition, the first 56 M100 watches will be offered with numbered crowns.
The Ollech & Wajs M100 watch will be available in late 2022 and priced between CHF 1,456 and CHF 1,596.
Model: Ollech & Wajs M100
Reference OW M100
Brushed 316L stainless steel, screwed bottom, screwed crown, rotating steel bezel 12h; made in the Swiss Jura
Dimensions: 39.56 mm × 12.5 mm and 47.5 mm lug to lug.
Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Bezel: 360-degree compass bezel with cardinal direction markers and an angle scale
Water resistance: 300 m / 30ATM
Hands, indexes and radio silence periods in Super-LumiNova®
Automatic bespoke Soprod Newton Precision P092; date-only calendar, with semi-instantaneous changes and quick adjustment using the crown; stop seconds; 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 Elaborate)
20 mm heavy-gauge, stainless steel mesh bracelet, hand-brushed with an engraved adjustable clasp
Three years against any manufacturing defect