OW 56 M (LIMITED EDITION)
RESERVATION NOW CLOSED
A production journey that started decades ago concludes with the new – but not so new – Ollech & Wajs 56 M. Not just inspired by history, but a piece of history itself. A watch that combines vintage new old stock parts with contemporary parts. The 38 mm case is upcycled from unused stock, originally acquired by Ollech & Wajs in the late 90s but manufactured several years earlier.
- Swiss made
- ETA 2824-2 Automatic
- NOS Hybrid
- 50 m / 5ATM
- Diameter (excluding crown) 38 mm
- Three-year warranty
- FULL DESCRIPTION
- TECHNICAL SPECS
The classic case silhouette of the 56 M is a throwback to the military pilot watches of the late 1940s, and collectors of vintage OW will recognise it from historic models such as the Valjoux 7733 Flieger and the MP series.
In reference to OW’s long military heritage, Morse code dots and dashes have been incorporated into the bezel and dial, with a combination of white and beige Super-LumiNova®.
The 56 M utilises OW’s last remaining stock of ETA 2824 automatic movements, which have been fully serviced and reconditioned after many years in the vault. Other parts upcycled from the OW historic inventory include the traditional plexiglass crystal and the admiralty-grey dial.
One detail that breaks with tradition are the words ‘Ollech & Wajs’ printed on the dial. The 56 M is only the second watch in OW’s 67-year history to bear the founders’ names on a dial. Our watches usually only carry the company initials, framed by the famous propellor monogram.
This deviation is to ensure that years from now the 56 M will be easily identified as a vintage / new stock hybrid and will not be confused with earlier OW models sharing the same parts.
The OW 56 M is presented on a rugged, heavy-gauge, stainless steel mesh bracelet, with ‘OWZ 1956’ engraved on a thorn buckle.
Given the finite availability of parts, the OW 56 M was limited to only 56 numbered pieces.
OW 56 M
2023 (limited to 56 pieces)
38 mm × 11.5 mm, and 45 mm lug to lug.
NOS brushed 316L stainless steel screwed back and screwed crown, finished in the Swiss Jura
12-hour markers in Morse code dots and dashes (spelling ‘SOS’), in white Super-LumiNova®
NOS plexiglass crystal
Hands and hour indexes in beige Super-LumiNova®
5-second numerals printed (non-lume)
50 m / 5ATM
Automatic ETA 2824, 25 jewels
28,800 bph, with a power reserve of +/- 38 h
Mainplate engraved ‘Ollech & Wajs Zurich 1956’, and OW-machined rotor (time only)
18 mm medium-gauge, stainless steel mesh bracelet, hand-brushed; ‘OWZ 1956’ engraved on a thorn buckle
Screw-down, engraved OW logo
Handmade in the Swiss Jura
“A meaningful way to up-cycle unused vintage inventory”
Designed in Zurich, and individually assembled and adjusted by hand in Haute-Sorne in the Swiss Jura
In keeping with the traditions of Ollech & Wajs, every watch undergoes more than a dozen operations and is inspected at regular stages of assembly – a rigorous, multistep quality-control process to ensure that it is perfectly finished
Our watches are powered by independently tested movements from respected manufacturers – ETA 2824-2, Valjoux 7753 and Soprod Newton P092