Ollech & Wajs OW 350CI

Ollech & Wajs presents OW 350CI, a new left-handed mechanical field watch. Its name and design refer to the Swiss military motorbike Condor 350 and its inverted controls. Its khaki dial has yellow indexes to respect military color codes. It is also equipped with a 300m waterproof case, a 12h rotating bezel in stainless steel, and a 2824-2 ETA movement adjusted in 5 positions.

Ollech & Wajs OW 350CI

The Ollech & Wajs OW 350CI watch is now available for purchase via the brand’s website. Its retail price is CHF 1146. The first 56 OW 350CI watches sold will be numbered on their crown.

Ollech & Wajs OW 350CI

Technical details

Reference: OW 350CI

Case
Dimensions: 39.56 mm X 12.5 mm
Brushed 316L stainless steel case
Screwed bottom
Screwed crown
Rotating steel bezel 12h
Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 300m/ 30atm

Dial
Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Movement
Automatic ETA 2824-2 OW5P, 28,800 bph, with a power reserve of +/- 38 h
Engraved main plate Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956, and machined rotor OW

Origin
Swiss Made, excluding belts and packaging

Bracelet
20mm wide, leather and natural linen, Italian origin

Packaging
Leather from Great Britain, Italian Kraft paper

Warranty
3 years against any manufacturing defect

Ollech & Wajs OW P-101

Introduced in 2019, the Ollech & Wajs OW P-101 watch pays homage to the MC Donnell F-101, the very first fighter jet in service capable of exceeding 1,000 mph, setting a world-record in 1956.

Inspired by military style watches, its design is both uncluttered and perfectly functional, paying tribute to the thousands of soldiers and officers who favoured an OW as a reliable tool for survival during their time in Vietnam. Resolutely faithful to the classical principles of the early OW models, it is crafted with well-balanced proportions, pronounced lugs, an extra size crown and semi-domed glass.

Ollech & Wajs OW P-101 watch

The watch houses a robust mechanical self-winding movement, the ETA 2824-2 OW3, carefully regulated by hand and designed to withstand the test of time and passing fads.

Ollech & Wajs OW P-101 watch

Handcrafted and assembled in the Swiss Jura, like all OW watches, the OW P-101 lives up to a tradition of authenticity. Water-resistant to a depth of 300M, it is equipped with a sapphire crystal, and SuperLumiNova® hands and indexes. Guaranteed 3 years against any manufacturing defect. Retail price is CHF 956. The initial 56 pieces are individually numbered.

Technical details

Reference: OW P-101
Year: 2019

Case
Brushed 316L stainless steel, screwed back, screw-down crown, rotating bezel 12H
Sapphire with anti-glare treatment
Dimensions: 39.56 mm X 15 mm
Water resistance: 300M/ 30ATM

Dial
Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Movement
Automatic ETA 2824-2 OW3P
Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Bracelet
Natural leather and linen, origin Great Britain

Packaging
Leather origin Great Britain, Italian Kraft paper

Warranty
3 years against any manufacturing defect

Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000

Introduced by Ollech & Wajs in 2019, the OW C-1000 is a professional grade diving watch with a water resistance up to 1000 meters.

The OW C-1000 watch is powered by the robust modified ETA 2824-2 OW5, which is equipped with an Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956 engraved main plate and OW machined rotor. The movement is housed in a 39.56mm diameter 316L stainless-steel case, which is stamped, machined, and brushed in Jura, Switzerland.

Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 diving watch

The Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 is also equipped with a reinforced back case, an extra strong domed sapphire crystal and a special triple gaskets screw down crown.

Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 diving watch with stainless steel bracelet

The watch has a stainless-steel rotating bezel with a ceramic insert to measure dive times, and SuperLumiNova® covered indexes and hands for extra readability when diving at great depths. The first 56 OW C-1000 watches feature serial numbering on the crown.

Technical details

Reference: OW C-1000
Year: 2019

Case
Brushed 316L stainless steel, reinforced screwed back, special triple gasket screw-down crown, unidirectional 60 min rotating bezel, manufactured in Jura, Switzerland.
Domed sapphire with anti-glare treatment
Dimensions: 39.56 mm X 15.15 mm
Water resistance: 1000m/ 100ATM

Dial
Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Movement
Automatic ETA 2824-2 OW5P
25 Jewels
28,800 bph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Mainplate engraved Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956, and OW machined rotor

Bracelet
20mm wide, RAF nylon strap, origin Great Britain

Packaging
Leather origin Great Britain, Italian Kraft paper

Warranty
3 years against any manufacturing defect

Ollech & Wajs OW P-104

Introduced in 2019, the OW P-104 model is a successor of Selectron line of aviator watches produced by Ollech & Wajs.

This new timepiece is inspired by the Lockheed F-104 Starfghter. Designed to help both military and commercial pilots in a pre-electronic era, its unobtrusive and sober circular slide rule enables them to measure speed and distances to calculate flight time or fuel consumption.

Ollech & Wajs OW P-104

Based on a cockpit’s control panels for maximum readability it associates oversized indexes with a stylish black and white minute hand. Regulated by hand in our factory, its robust ETA 2824-2 OW3 mechanical movement makes the P-104 an ideal navigation tool for high-flying pilots and mavericks alike. Like all OW watches, it is handcrafted and assembled in the Swiss Jura and lives up to its high standard.

Ollech & Wajs OW P-104

Water-resistant to a depth of 300M, it is equipped with a sapphire crystal and SuperLumiNova® hands and indexes. It is guaranteed 3 years against any manufacturing defect. It is now available to order on OW’s e-shop, at 1056.- CHF. The initial 56 pieces are individually numbered.

Technical details

Reference: OW P-104
Year: 2019

Case
Dimensions: 39.56 mm X 15 mm
Brushed 316L stainless steel, screwed back, screw-down crown, bezel with circular slide rule
Curved sapphire crystal glass with anti-glare treatment
Water resistance: 300M/ 30ATM

Dial
Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Movement
Automatic ETA 2824-2 OW3P, hours
Minutes seconds date

Bracelet
NATO extra strong nylon and leather, origin: Great Britain

Packaging
Leather origin Great Britain, Italian Kraft paper

Warranty
3 years against any manufacturing defect

OLLECH & WAJS WATCHES

Ollech & Wajs is a Swiss watch brand co-founded by Albert Wajs and Joseph Ollech in 1956. The brand creates rugged, precise mechanical tool wristwatches well-suited for military, aviation, diving and sports.

Timeline

1956

  • Albert Wajs and his friend Joseph Ollech form a partnership to open a watch shop. At first, they distribute timepieces from Breitling and Omega, but they also decide to establish their own brand: OWZ (Ollech & Wajs Zürich).

1957

  • Zurich, 55 StockerStrasse: on the ground floor of a beautiful classical building, only a few minutes away from the famous Baur au Lac Hotel, the first OWZ models are assembled by hand to the pace of Swiss excellence.

1960 -1969

  • Albert Wajs quickly realises that OWZ should specialize in the assembly of reliable and accurate mechanical watches. He favours movements with the most solid reputation on the market, from ETA, Dubois Dépraz, and Valjoux. He also sources robust stainless-steel cases from Maison Étienne. Desiring strictly functional and legible dials, he will obtain his supply from the Frères Lender du Locle, while the Tritium needles are picked from Universo, nested in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

OW’s catalogue grows but remains dedicated to mechanical sports and tool watches:

  • Mechanical Chronographs with two or three counters powered by Vajoux movements, such as the V72 and the V92. As the perfect tool to register a new records, they became very popular among sports practitioners.
  • Diving watches, hand wound or equipped with automatic ETA movements, were immediately adopted by professional divers, such as Global Marine main competitor of COMEX. The Caribbean 1000 remains one of the most emblematic models of the line, as it broke the 1964 world record for a production watch, beating Rolex and Omega to the deep-sea, with a patented monobloc case warranted to be water-resistant up to a depth of 3,300 feet. The Caribbean was also adopted by Alberto Novelli and Cesare Olgjai, the two diving world record holders, as well as by Roberto Dei, on his North Pole and Red Sea expeditions in 1966 and in 1967.
  • Military watches were quite popular among the U.S. Armed Forces. Entire battalions of GIs relied on robust models like the Early Bird or the M65 on the battlefields of Vietnam, including several Airborne and Assault units, for which special editions were edited.
  • Finally, pilot watches like the Selectron series, their slide-rule makes them indispensable calculators for civil and military pilots. While astronauts were supplied with Omega Speedmasters, the OW Selectron and the Astrochron were adopted by several NASA scientific staff and executives.

OW’s reputation for not compromising on the quality of its components bears fruit in a matter of years. While Albert Wajs orders Valjoux movements by the tens of thousands (with a preference for the V72, a famous component of early Rolex Daytona), the satisfaction of his customers shows in the hundreds of letters Ollech and Wajs receive from soldiers, divers and pilots around the world.

OW is heavily promoted through articles and advertising in the U.S. by military and professional publications. Through a network of dealers, military exchanges, and direct mail sales, Ollech & Wajs delivers up to 10,000 pieces a year.

1970 -1979

  • In the early 1970s, new OW models make their appearance: 3 counters Chronos, a new Caribbean, and more. An English TV-show, The Professionals, greatly contributes to the brand’s fame by featuring stars Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins sporting the OW Caribbean 1000. Quartz watches from Asia make their appearance. Production drops to 2,000 units a year.
  • Despite the competition from cheaper Asian watches, and the slow decline of his sales, Albert Wajs continues to dedicate himself to the production of mechanical watches. To this day, OW remains one of the rare Swiss brands that never made a quartz powered watch.
  • In 1978, as Breitling is shutting down its operations, OW (along with Helmut Sinn) buys up stocks and equipment from the famous pilot watches brand. Albert Wajs then resumes the Navitimer’s production, under the brand name Aviation, for over two decades.

2000

  • Joseph Ollech passes away: As a living tribute to the memory of his partner, Albert Wajs designs and produces a new line of OW sports watches. Picking only the best components, he equips his new diver watches, the M series, with an ETA 2824 movement. It is followed by a line of chronographs, including a limited edition based on the Valjoux 7733 which proved to be a great success, along with the reputable OW Mirage equipped with a Valjoux 7750.

The Brand Restructuring (2017 and onwards)

After a lifetime of work and a declining sight, and after ten years of exchanges and relationship building, Albert Wajs handed over on the OW brand to a trusted dedicated collector who shares the same values and long-term vision for the brand.

In the spring of 2019, the brand launched a new line co-designed by Philippe Guegan and assembled in the Swiss Jura. In November 2019, OW issued a limited-edition model. Assembled by hand, using authentic cases from the brand’s historical stock, these watches brought OW’s finest hours back to life. They were fitted with brand new ETA 2824, but in accordance with original OW designs. This release was a nod to the brand’s own history. In 1978, Albert Wajs bought Willy Breitling’s Navitimer components and machinery, to adapt them to his own assembly line, an early demonstration of upcycling.

Manufacturing

The robust stainless steel case of each Ollech & Wajs is stamped, machined and satin brushed in the Swiss Jura by expert hands. Joseph Ollech and Albert Wajs chose early on to use specially commissioned fine mechanical movements from ETA and Valjoux. This tradition lives on through the newly modified ETA 2824 movements.

After an initial quality control to ensure its accuracy, it is meticulously taken apart and its main plate is engraved with the OW logo. Ollech & Wajs also adds a new and exclusive rotor, machined and decorated in the Swiss Jura. Each movement is then carefully adjusted to 3 or 5 positions, twice, to meet the standards of finest Swiss watchmaking. The watches are also fitted with screw-on crown and case-back to guarantee exceptional water-resistance.

Featured Collections

Contact details

Website: https://ow-watch.ch/

Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph

Introduced in 2019, the OW Ocean Graph pays tribute to the 1968 Ollech & Wajs Ocean-Graph and all the dive watches that formed the highly respected ‘Precision’ line. These watches were equipped with decompression bezels, an essential instrument for the safety of any diver venturing into deep water.

Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph

The OW Oceangraph is powered by the robust ETA 2824-2 OW5, adjusted in five positions. The movement is modified with an engraved main plate Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956, and an OW rotor.

Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph

The movement is housed in a 39.56 mm diameter 316L stainless steel case, stamped, machined and brushed in the Swiss Jura. The OW Ocean Graph is a compact diving watch, with a water resistance of 1000 meters, which is tested under a pressure of 120 atm.

Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph

Its water tightness is ensured by a reinforced case back, a double-thickness case, a 5.6 mm thick, extra-strong, domed sapphire crystal, and a special screw-down crown with four gaskets.

Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph

The Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph is equipped with a decompression bezel allowing divers to calculate decompression times. Its indexes and hands are oversized and covered with orange Super-LumiNova®, for increased readability in low visibility conditions.

Ollech& Wajs OW Ocean Graph

The watch is worn on a Perlon nylon strap or a stainless steel bracelet.

Technical details

Reference: OW Ocean Graph
Year: 2019

Case
Brushed 316L stainless steel, reinforced screwed back, special triple gasket screw-down crown, unidirectional Decompression bezel, manufactured in Jura, Switzerland
Glass: Domed sapphire with anti-glare treatment
Case dimensions: 39.56 mm X 15.8 mm
Water resistance: 1000m/ 100ATM

Dial
Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Movement
Automatic ETA 2824-2 OW5P, 25 Jewels
28,800 bph, with a power reserve of +/- 38 h
Mainplate engraved Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956, and OW machined rotor

Origin
Over 90% Swiss Made

Bracelet
20mm wide, Perlon nylon strap, origin Great Britain

Packaging
Leather origin Great Britain, Italian Kraft paper

Warranty
3 years against any manufacturing defect