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