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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To secure your place on the reserve list, send an email to email@example.com, 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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