Ollech & Wajs can trace its history back to the mid-1950s when founders Joseph Ollech and Albert Wajs started making mechanical watches with the robustness and reliability people would require in flight, underwater and even in space.
Along with many other Swiss mechanical watchmakers from the mid-20th century, the brand fell out of favor in the 1970s and 80s but was revived in 2016 when it was acquired by one of the brand’s most passionate collectors.
True to its original concept, watches have been reissued that fit the mission to make mechanical timekeepers capable of surviving every modern day challenge.
The latest is the Ollech & Wajs M-110 M, which takes design traits of OW’s original 1960s military watches but is the first to have a 360-degree compass bezel to make it simple to tell the time using just the position of the sun.
The steel on steel three-hander with date is designed for clear legibility and the sort of strength required from a soldier, adventurer or explorer.
It is sold on a steel mesh strap for CHF 1,596 with shipping starting in the third week of January 2023.