Some names probably won’t sound familiar to a more extensive audience. Yet, for apparatus watch fans, the name Ollech & Wajs ought to be recognizable bringing out recollections of the 1960s and 1970s when the company was manufacturing respected planning instruments for experts. Torpid for quite a while, it required over 10 years to convince Albert Wajs to pass on his brand and it has been restored recently . Today we investigate the brand’s most recent creation, a strong dive watch with retro-style, the Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 S.
In 1956, Albert Wajs and his companion Joseph Ollech framed an organization and opened a watch shop in Zurich. From the outset, they distributed timepieces from Breitling and Omega yet at last decided to build up their own brand: OWZ, for Ollech & Wajs Zürich. Albert Wajs quickly understood that OWZ ought to specialize in the gathering of solid and accurate mechanical watches. He supported developments with strong notorieties. In 1959, the principal watches were launched, with a focus on pilot, dive and instrument watches in general.
The brand acquired distinction and respect among troopers, divers and pilots around the globe, producing more than 10,000 watches per year before the finish of the 1960s. In 1978, as Breitling shut down its activities, Ollech & Wajs (alongside Sinn) purchased stocks and gear from the renowned watch brand. Albert Wajs at that point continued production of the Navitimer, under the brand name Aviation, for more than two decades.
The OW C-1000 is an advanced interpretation of the iconic Ollech & Wajs Caribbean 1000, product of the collaboration between Ollech & Wajs Zurich and the Jenny Watch Company in 1964. Outfitted with a dependable ETA 2452 development, and the 1,000m (3,300 feet) water-safe 702 case, the Ollech & Wajs Caribbean 1000 was embraced, among others, by the jumping scene record holders Alberto Novelli and Cesare Olgjai, just as field-tried by the pioneer Roberto Dei who took it to the Red Sea and the North Pole and by the expert divers at Global Marine Incorporated.
The Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 S
The new Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 S is a cutting edge take on the more seasoned Caribbean 1000 (the one that you can see toward the start of this article) in excess of a genuine re-release of the model. In that capacity, it reutilizes a portion of its distinctive plan components, yet without copying it totally. One reason for this is that the OW C-1000 S imparts various components to the two past watches, the OW P-101 and the OW P-104 , beginning with the general case and its proportions.
What is the OW C-1000 S? Basically, a super strong, intentional, straightforward instrumental dive watch with a slight measurements of vintage cues. The case feels unshakable and unfolds power. Most importantly, the inalienable nature of the construction is apparent enforced by the shape, the extents and the wrapping up. The case is generally compact as far as breadth, estimating only 39.5mm. However, it is a huge block of steel with extended hauls, a generous stature (over 15mm), an exceptionally raised bezel, a larger than usual crown and a completely brushed completion. All things considered, it doesn’t feel like an extravagance object that would have been given jumping credentials. It is a diver’s device. Period.
The outdated style of the watch is underscored with a few components, including the non-protected crown and the bezel with its slender black supplement in mineral glass, with an hour long scale imprinted on its internal surface – reminiscent of vintage bakelite embeds. Same goes for the straight casebands. As indicated by its name, the OW C-1000 S is a genuine diver with 1,000m water-resistance, gotten because of a screw-down crown with triple gasket, a reinforced screwed caseback and an extra-solid domed sapphire crystal – the last clarifying the stature of the case and the fact that the dial sits low into the case.
For this hands-on meeting, we had the steel-on-steel form, Ref. OW C-1000 S, which includes a completely brushed dots of-rice bracelet that is propelled by what was utilized by Ollech & Wajs in the last part of the 1960s and 1970s. Much the same as the watch, the bracelet is vigorous, very thick and hefty and implied for action. It includes a twofold lock deployant clasp with fine change. Rock solid material.
The dial of the OW C-1000 likewise shares this 1960s instrument watch motivation, with a combination of three-sided applied lists in cream, painted implement markers for the hours and straightforward yet decipherable hours and minutes, hands – the entirety of that to give extraordinary contrast and decipherability in sunlight or dim conditions. A date window is situated at 6 o’clock and the old Ollech & Wajs logo sits at 12 o’clock.
Inside this tribute to Caribbean 1000 is an advanced at this point strong ETA 2824 development, tried in 5 positions, and which is furnished with an Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956 engraved principle plate and OW machined rotor. This development isn’t Haute Horlogerie yet works perfectly in this context of a device watch. Attempted and-tried and prepared for the job.
All in all, the Ollech & Wajs OW C-1000 is as great outwardly all things considered on the wrist. It is an incredible illustration of a reason assembled, non-sumptuous instrumental watch that will satisfy those searching for a powerful dive watch. This purposeful lack of refinement and enhancement is the thing that makes the OW C-1000 S an exceptionally cool watch. And the quality/price proportion is, considering the specs and the consideration regarding the materials and get together, very decent.
Price and availability
Two models will be accessible, just separated by their lash/bracelet. First is the OW C-1000, mounted on a black Nylon RAF lash and priced at CHF 1,456. Second is the OW C-1000 S, which we have here for this article and that comes with another, completely brushed dab of-rice hardened steel bracelet, reinforcing the vintage look of the watch. This second form is priced at CHF 1,596 (prices include charges and shipping).
More insights regarding the new OW C-1000 and OW C-1000 S and orders here, at ow-watch.ch .