In one of the more unlikely and pleasantly surprising watch industry resurrections to come along in recent memory, mainstay Swiss brand Ollech & Wajs, known for producing military watches of all kinds for much of the second half of the 20th century, has been retooled and reformed, and is back with two new designs that call to mind the brand’s own long history. Let’s take a closer look at the watches and what, exactly, 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 adjusted in-house
- Strap/bracelet: Leather or nylon
- Price: CHF 956-1056
- Expected Release: Now available to order
Ollech & Wajs was a key supplier of watches to the US military through the Vietnam years, famously striking a deal with Breitling to use Navitimer stock to craft their own pieces for sale at US military bases around the globe. While the company never officially stopped operating, the quartz years were rough, and OW went through both major production changes (at one point ending the manufacture of everything but their Aviation line) and some corporate restructuring (they operated as A.I. Wajs in the ’90s). In 2017, the brand was entrusted to its longtime French distributor when brand founder Albert J. Wajs ceded control of the company to him. This is the modern OW Watch functioning today.