There are numerous circumstances defining the price of every single watch besides the margin we're aiming to achieve. The core concept of almost any business presumes taking over your risks, therefore, every step you find below is designed to reduce your risks and ensure positive collecting experience.
Though many privates and dealers are listing watches the next second they buy it, it is important to understand that in reality, every single watch requires something to be done. Therefore, every watch goes through several preparation stages:
An essential task for a true professional dealer. It is important not only to make a few attractive photos but also to be precise and honest.
Nothing is simple if you do it right. It took us hundreds of watches to sell to develop the best handling processing and policies.
The most important and the most valuable part of our job. It is actually why professional dealers have customers. Among the most important points are:
It is often not obvious whether the dealer you're looking at is trustworthy or not. The market is full of "flying" dealers who have nothing except a website, private collectors flipping some watches for fun, dealers-wannabes entering the market with a hope to get "easy money" and dishonest full-time dealers with unclear policies. All of them today can have a good looking website but not all of them can have a good infrastructure and reputation.
Quality and safety cost money. We do our job professionally and responsibly, taking over all your risks at every stage of the process and spending many hours on every single watch we offer.
Many people think that every other professional dealer has at least 100% on every watch sold. That might have been true 15 years ago but it's not like that anymore if the dealer does his job honestly. The added value is different for every watch and is defined by the buying price of the watch, expenses and works performed, operational costs and finally average market price. Even though we can't disclose our margins, we can share some facts about our pricing for your consideration:
Generally, our prices are final prices and we are not able to offer discounts. Out policy is:
First of all, to say that you must be really sure that the compared watch is also 100% correct and is actually same. As stated above, in most cases there are no 2 absolutely identical vintage watches. Something is always a bit different: design, condition, service history, patina, parts, etc.
Collectors often say: "buy the seller not the watch", so if you're sure that the watch is as good as ours, and the seller is as trustable as we are - feel free to pull the trigger. Thankfully, it is an open market and everyone is free to take decisions!
Generally, we do not consider offers unless there is a special occasion for that.
The best price is the listed price minus 5% when the watch is paid by bank transfer. Unfortunately, there is no better best price : )
If you have further questions you can always contact us. We will be happy to assist!
Ollech & Wajs was a small company founded in the mid-50s in Zurich by Albert Wajs and Joseph Ollech. Despite the fact that the venture wasn't really big, gentlemen achieved notable quality and recognition and then supplied US Army with military watches (including chronographs for aviation). This particular piece from the late 1960s has a lot of details worth of mentioning.
First of all the movement ticking inside - it is legendary Valjoux 72, a high-grade chronograph that was also used in many iconic timepieces: Rolex Daytona, Heuer Carrera, Universal Geneve Compax etc. It is hidden in massive, yet very well-balance stainless steel case with crew-down caseback. The case remained unpolished and even today boasts with extremely sharp edges and original brushed finishing. The other special thing is the dial: it has amazing deep blue-purple color. It's quite hard to capture this metallic tone which changes from sky-blue to deep-violet depending on the light. More than that - just take a look at these oversize sub-dials! A true time-capsule with tons of character.
Manufacturer: Ollech + Wajs, Switzerland
Model: Precision Chronograph
Type: Manual-winding chronograph
Year of production: ca.1970
Case type: 3-body, with screw-back, mixed satin and mirror finishing. Rotating bezel in outstanding condition.
Case material: Stainless steel
Case measurement: 38 mm (diameter of the bezel) / 58 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs)
Case serial number: n/a
Case back: Screw-down, signed "Swiss Made / Waterproof / Antimagnetic / Incabloc / Stainless Steel" on the outer side.
Crown/pushers: Original steel fluted crown, round "mushroom" pushers.
Crystal: Domed plexiglass crystal.
Movement type: Precise manual-winding chronograph
Movement model: Famous Valjoux 72 signed ‘Ollech & Wajs’ and ‘Swiss’. 17 Jewels, 18000 A/h, 44 hours of power reserve.
Movement serial number: n/a
Dial: Semi-glossy purple-blue dial decorated with white printed tachymeter and telemeter scales on the outer perimeter, long tritium hour markers. Signed "O + W Precision Chronographe" at 12 o'clock. Signed 'T Swiss Made T' at 6 o'clock. Minutes counter's subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock, hours counter's subsidiary dial at 6 o'clock and small seconds subsidiary dial at 9 o'clock.
Hands: Wide silver luminous (tritium) hour and minute hands, "lollipop" orange chrono sweep seconds hand. White counters' hands.
Case condition: 1 (mint), Unpolished, exceptional condition with minor traces of use.
Movement condition: 1 (mint) only original parts, adjusted and keeps good time. All functions work properly. Service history is unknown.
Dial/hands condition: 1 (mint) Original dial in outstanding condition showing extremely light "stardust" aging of the surface which is practically invisible in the daylight. Perfect condition of tritium markers.
Overall condition: 1 (mint)
Delivery set: The watch comes with blue "racing" leather strap and suede watch holder. It also comes with our company’s warranty certificate and general terms and conditions.
Warranty: 1-year technical warranty
It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.
In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width.
Diameter without crown
It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:
This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.
This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.