Inspired by a 1970s archival design, Ollech & Wajs has created a modern interpretation of the Ref. 8000 with a new look, modern movement, and integrated bracelet.

The OW 8001 is presented in a fully brushed 316L stainless steel case that measures 39.56 mm x 12.6 mm and features a robust integrated stainless steel bracelet. The case is topped with a thick sapphire crystal and a fixed stainless steel bezel and is equipped with a screw-in caseback and screw-down crown. Though this is not a diver’s watch, the depth rating is an impressive 300 meters, and Ollech & Wajs says that it’s designed as a sports watch for real use, despite the throwback aesthetic.

Ollech & Wajs 1973 Ref. 8000
Ollech & Wajs 1973 Ref. 8000

The modern OW 8001 has a round bezel and overall shape that varies from the 1973 OW 8000 that inspired this design, and the 8001 has a time-only with a date display versus a time, chronograph, day/date display on the vintage model — Ollech & Wajs did carry over the basic aesthetic including the attractive double-lacquered Havana brown fumé’ dial and baton-shaped hands and indices.

Ollech & Wajs Soprod Newton caliber P092

Powering the time and date is a 23-jewel COSC-certified 4H automatic Soprod Newton Precision caliber P092 movement (deluxe version) with a semi-instantaneous date with a quick change feature, stop seconds, and a 44-hour power reserve. The balance spring is supported by a traversing balance bridge, adding to the stability. The Soprod Newton P092 movement is also independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and has additionally been awarded a Chronofiable® certification. The watch is delivered adjusted to a rate of -3/+3 seconds per day, which exceeds COSC chronometer standards.

Ollech & Wajs 8001 three quarter

According to Ollech & Wajs, the integrated oyster-style bracelet was engineered for comfort, stability, and extreme durability. The bracelet and engraved clasp are both manufactured using CNC milling which results is a very sturdy construction. The clasp is extendable up to 22 mm and features a double pusher release system for extra security against accidental opening.

Ollech & Wajs 8001 clasp

Offering a movement that’s not in every other watch, and a look that’s distinctive in the homogeneous watch world, and a watch that’s 75% Swiss-made (more than is required to be called “Swiss-made), at a price that’s not outrageous — results in a compelling offering from Ollech & Wajs. Plus, as has become a new OW tradition, the first 56 will be numbered crown editions.

Ollech & Wajs 8001 bracelet

To secure your place on the reserve list, send an email to, including your full name, postal address, phone number, and email address. Deliveries are expected to commence in late October 2023. Retail is approximately $2061.

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Photos by Ollech & Wajs.

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