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Readers and Their Watches

Readers and Their Watches

Through an exchange, Erwin Grönefeld became the owner of a chronograph from the Zurich company Ollech & Wajs.  

 
Erwin Grönefeld: I exchanged the “Ollech &” wajs Chrono for a camera from a friend.  He had bought the watch again at the time and had worn it for years in the tough everyday life of the Bundeswehr.  Since the original strap of the watch was missing, I wrote to Ollech & Wajs in Zurich and asked if I could get an original strap for the watch.  I was amazed when one evening Mr Wajs called me personally.  He told me that there were different models and that I should send him the watch.  Of course, I was curious and wanted to know a little more about my watch.  Mr. Wajs then told me that a lot of the watches had been sent to American Vietnam soldiers at the time and that he is still in contact with some of the people who still praised the reliability of the watch and who still regularly wore it.  He also pointed out the movement to me, the Valjoux caliber 72 with classic column-wheel control.  I got my watch on my way.  One day later I received some old brochures and price lists from Mr Wajs.  A few days later I received the watch back with the new strap.  Mr Wajs then asked again by phone whether I would
  
On this occasion he told me that, in his opinion, no more than about 2,000 copies of my model were sold at the time. Perhaps it is a little bit down to Mr Wajs, who gave me the extremely friendly  The voice of an older man in his Swiss dialect is still fondly remembered today and personally took care of my watch, so that the watch is something special for me. "  Inside the chronograph case, a Valjoux movement, caliber 72, works with 18,000 vibrations per hour.  It measures 29.33 mm in diameter and is a so-called column-wheel chronograph, in which all chrono functions are controlled by the switching or column wheel.  The caliber 72 was built from 1938 to 1974.