Ollech and Wajs is probably not the principal brand that comes to mind when you consider superior device watches. In the wake of doing some examination into the brand, they merit more credit than they get, especially for their specialized accomplishments and impressive deals numbers, thinking back to the 1960s. During a thriving high point close to the Vietnam War, O&W offered a large number of watches to officers, becoming a popular option for American troops. They even beat Rolex and Omega out by making the primary 1000m jump watch. The brand was additionally responsible for picking up parts and equipment from the newly old Breitling and kept on making the Navitimer (they considered it the “Aviation”) chronograph for almost 20 years. Despite the fact that Ollech and Wajs probably won’t be an easily recognized name today, they’re making a comeback. O&W’s center has consistently been around possible, military-inspired device watches and their new contributions from a new reboot of the brand maintain the brand’s DNA.
Today, we’re taking a gander at the O&W P-101, a 39.5mm pilot-inspired watch with a bi-directional 12-hour bezel. The P-101 draws inspiration from the McDonell F-101, a supersonic stream contender that was the first to crush the 1000mph speed record spirit in 1956. Let’s investigate this intense, yet wearable pilot’s watch from O&W.
Review: The Ollech & Wajs P-101
Case Stainless Steel Movement ETA 2824-2 Dial Matte Black Lume Super-LumiNova Lens Sapphire with AR Strap Leather Water Resistance 300m Dimensions 39.5 x 49.5mm Thickness 12.5mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Screw-down Warranty 3 Years Price $965
Crafted from 316L hardened steel, the 39.5mm case highlights brushed surfaces all through. In evident apparatus watch design, the machining working on this issue is perfect and precise with crisp edges. I like a brushed completion on a watch that’s worked to be thumped around a bit, as it makes a superior showing concealing those little bumps and scratches that can and will happen during day by day wear. The case has a water obstruction rating to 300m, which is sufficient for diving.
On the correct side of the case, you’ll discover the liberally measured screw-down crown. Deep scores paired with the enormous size of the crown make it extremely simple to operate, in any event, when the watch is on your wrist. Taking a gander at the watch from the side, you’ll see a pronounced at this point thin mid-case. The P-101 appears to wear thin on the wrist, despite the fact that it’s 12.5mm tall. The case back hangs under the watch a lot. The case back doesn’t settle into your wrist just as some others do due to the ~2mm vertical segment of case that overcomes any issues between mid-case and back.
One thing about the P-101 that may not agree with everybody is the proportionally long carry to-drag distance. On a 39.5mm case, a haul to-carry of 49.5mm is on the more extended side. The outcome is two arrangements of huge carries that help me to remember a bunch of vampire teeth each time I take a gander at them. Personally, I like the tasteful and it works preferred on a mil-strap over on the included calfskin strap. On the off chance that you have more modest wrists (mine are 6.75” for reference), the drag to-haul distance influences how a watch will wear more so than the measurement much of the time. I appreciate the expansion of bored carries since it makes strap changes a fast and simple affair.
Sitting atop the case is a passed out 12-hour bezel that pivots in the two ways. This type of bezel is extraordinary for following a second timezone and hours elapsed. The activity is smooth and liberated from clicks with barely enough protection from stay in place without being too difficult to even consider turning. Every hour is meant by a pale yellow numeral (to coordinate the hour markers on the dial) with a white hash mark in the middle. Coin edge style finishing goes around the outside of the bezel, which makes it simple to operate with gloves on or in damp conditions.
Dial + Hands
Sitting below the domed sapphire precious stone is a matte dark dial with pale yellow hour markers and a bunch of blocky brushed steel hands. Generally speaking, the dial is huge, neat, and cleaned up — much the same as how an instrument watch ought to be. The most interesting component on the dial must be the handset. The hour hand is a rectangular strip of brushed steel that’s loaded up with pale yellow Super LumiNova paint.
The minutes hand is comparable fit as a fiddle, however has a truly cool stepping stool pattern running the length of the hand. Two hands end in an unpolished level surface that makes them simple to peruse initially. For the seconds hand, O&W went with a slight brushed metal hand that’s tipped with a pointed arrow that is likewise loaded up with iridescent paint.
To mean the time, there are four applied hour markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9, printed rectangular squares for the hours in the middle, and long hash stamps in the middle of those for the minutes. It’s an intriguing look in general, yet I would have preferred if every one of great importance markers were treated with lume. In obscurity, the P-101 is less impressive than it very well may be. There are no glowing regions on the bezel either, so in the event that you do happen to be in close complete dimness, the time is the lone thing that’s going to stand out.
There’s negligible embellishment somewhere else on the dial. The O&W logo stands proud at 12 o’clock, the model name (“P-101”) at 3, and the words “AUTOMATIC” and “300M” at 6. Converging the 6 o’clock file is a date window that’s lined by a similar brushed steel seen on the hands. I like the date at six, and don’t mind that it’s cutting into the record since it provides some pleasant equilibrium to the dial.
Inside the P-101, there’s an adjusted ETA 2824-2 keeping time. O&W added an exceptionally engraved principle plate and rotor, however shockingly, both are shrouded away behind the strong steel case back. The ETA 2824-2 is a dependable development that’s utilized by huge loads of various brands across the business. Praised for it’s dependability, great timekeeping, and simplicity of adjusting, the Swiss development bodes well within a solid device watch like the P-101. It beats at 28,800 bph, which brings about a decent, smooth sweep of the seconds hand around the dial. It’s capable of programmed and hand winding, hacking seconds for precise setting, and has a white on dark date display at the 6 o’clock position.
Strap + Wearability
The P-101 ships with a chocolate brown, “genuine leather” strap with sewed subtleties close to the drags. To keep everything shut, there’s a marked clasp in brushed steel that coordinates the completing on the remainder of the watch. While I don’t mind the strap that comes with the watch, I wish it was a little greater given the price of the watch. Luckily, the P-101 looks phenomenal on a nylon strap. While wearing the watch around, I truly appreciated it on a sandy straw yellow safety belt nylon strap. The yellow in the strap picked up on the pale yellow on the bezel and dial giving it an unmistakable apparent military vibe. I additionally like it on a pleasant deep naval force blue strap. The dim blue makes the yellow accents pop, despite the fact that they’re on the inconspicuous finish of the tone spectrum.
On the wrist, the watch wears somewhat bigger than its 38.5mm case implies and that’s as a result of the 49.5mm carry to-haul distance. The carries do stand out a decent measure, however when on a mil-strap, the nylon works effectively of filling somewhere out there between the case and end of the carry. On the strap, it’s not my number one watch on the planet, but rather on a mil-strap it truly shines.
When first seeing the press declaration that O&W was coming back, I was exceptionally inquisitive about how the originally set of renders would decipher in the metal. After some time with the watch, I can say that they worked really hard resuscitating the brand. The P-101 maintains the brand’s apparatus watch roots. The strong arrangement of specs, sensible asking price for the development and development, and flexibility on a wide scope of straps make it a magnificent option for those on the lookout for a pilot-inspired watch. I’m anticipating see what else the brand has coming up for its second shot at life. The P-101 is a strong welcome back, and it proves that Ollech and Wajs is in good shape. Ollech & Wajs