Ollech & Wajs recently announced the M110 which marks the first time in the brand’s history to use a compass bezel. This is naturally surprising considering the Zurich-based brand has been designing and producing watches that were utilized by the military, deep-sea explorers and NASA astronauts since the 50’s and 60’s. The design language has largely remained the same since the brand was revived in 2016 – familiar case bodies, faded tones, and overall encapsulating a vintage aesthetic. Although their line of watches look like they’ve been taken out of a time capsule, OW has updated their watches with modern materials and features that make their watches a strong case for an everyday vintage inspired watch, with some legitimate brand history and credibility to boot.
As mentioned above, the M110 sports a steel 360 degree compass bezel. The finely brushed surface serves as a platform for the fully indexed bezel and the cardinal directional markers shaded in a faded green (almost eton blue). For those uninitiated to a compass bezel, here’s a little crash course on how to use one. If you’re located in the Northern Hemisphere (north of the equator), you would align the hour hand in the direction of the sun relative to your current position. Now using the distance between the hour hand and the twelve o’clock marker going in a clockwise direction, locate the midpoint between the two. That is the position where you would align the ‘South’ marker. Voilá, you’ve got your bearings. The folks who find themselves in the Southern Hemisphere would follow the same exact process, except when you locate the midpoint, the ‘North’ marker is aligned to that position instead of the ‘South’.