In one of the more far-fetched and pleasantly surprising watch industry revivals to come along in late memory, pillar Swiss brand Ollech & Wajs, known for producing military watches of various types for a significant part of the second 50% of the 20th century, has been retooled and improved, and is back with two new plans that bring to mind the brand’s own long history. Let’s investigate the watches and what, precisely, has been going on with Ollech & Wajs.
OW Watch P-101 and P-104
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: Black
- Dimensions: 39.5mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 300 meters
- Crown: Screw down
- Movement: ETA 2824-2 with custom rotor and changed in-house
- Strap/arm band: Leather or nylon
- Price: CHF 956-1056
- Expected Release: Now accessible to arrange
Ollech & Wajs was a critical supplier of watches to the US military through the Vietnam years, broadly hitting an arrangement with Breitling to utilize Navitimer stock to create their own pieces available to be purchased at US army installations around the world. While the company never authoritatively stopped operating, the quartz years were harsh, and OW experienced both significant production changes (at one point finishing the assembling of everything except for their Aviation line) and some corporate rebuilding (they operated as A.I. Wajs in the ’90s). In 2017, the brand was endowed to its long-lasting French wholesaler when brand author Albert J. Wajs surrendered control of the company to him. This is the cutting edge OW Watch working today.
The P-101 and P-104 are both intensely avionics inspired. The P-101 is a tribute to the F-101 contender stream, the primary assistance airplane to break the 1,000-miles-per-hour mark. The watch has a simple, neat format, with a date at 6:00 and a twelve-hour bezel that will be valuable for following a subsequent time region. The treated steel case is brushed for what it’s worth, the correct decision for a device watch this way. Another detail that shouldn’t go unnoticed is the larger than usual crown and absence of crown monitors, plan components that would have been important for the pilots who might have expected to operate a watch like this on a normal basis.
The physical qualities of the P-104 are actually equivalent to the P-101, however the plan subtleties have been drawn from the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Here, the twelve-hour bezel is replaced with a slide decide that can ascertain differential speed, distance, and reach, in addition to other things. The dial has somewhat even more a ’70s vibe, with orange hour markers at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00, and a strange checkered moment hand enhancement.
Both watches utilize an ETA 2824-2 development fitted with a custom rotor and changed in-house, a solid and precise decision. Refreshingly, OW is strangely transparent about where assembling begins for every component. They proudly report the watches as “Swiss made,” and for sure case 90% or a greater amount of Swiss root, with plan, gathering, testing, and packaging occurring in Switzerland, yet uninhibitedly concede that straps and packaging begin in the UK and that the dials and hands start somewhere else on the planet. The case is stamped, machined, and brushed in Délémont and Haute Sorne in the Swiss Jura. In all actuality, what OW is doing is probably not very out of sight step with what numerous brands of its size are doing as far as assembling, yet making it plain for all to see is more uncommon, and I think they merit credit for laying everything out for their clients. It mirrors a specific pride in their own process.
The P-101 and P-104 are both accessible to arrange on the OW site at the present time, with conveyance set to start this late spring. OW Watch