Ollech & Wajs 1st Gen Early Bird GMT c.1965

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Ollech & Wajs 1st Gen Early Bird GMT c.1965

1,895.00

While Ollech & Wajs was founded in the 1950’s, they have become quite well known, and rare, amongst vintage military/pilot collectors for their Vietnam Era pieces.

O&W initially began building watches in Switzerland to sell through catalog orders, primarily in the US and UK. This business model swiftly transitioned into sending watches to US military base PX’s overseas once the Vietnam War was proven to be firmly engaged.

This 2834 model has since become highly sought after for those who are aware of them, as they are the vibrantly-colored GMT skin diver watch that O&W offered. One of the later advertisements describes it:

“Specially designed for SKIN DIVERS, PILOTS, WORLD TRAVELERS, MILITARY. Hour hand revolves once in 24 hours. 24-hour revolving bezel shows AM or PM time in any 2 time-zones.”

In recent history there was a large release of the second generation Early Bird models from the factory in Switzerland, which is typically what you’ll be looking at if you see one of these that appears to be in pristine condition.

However, the model you’re viewing here is the real deal: the FIRST generation to be produced and earliest model that would have been offered to US troops overseas. It can most easily be distinguished by the metallic finish on its bezel with triangular markers in place of odd numerals. (The second generation style has a flat color painted bezel with straight, linear odd numeral marks.)

24 hour mechanics. 24 hour GMT bezel. AM-PM designation. Broad arrow hand.

Pilot. Diver. Military. World Traveler.

This watch virtually stands along amongst its peers.

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  • Movement:                 FHF 72, 17 jewels, 18,000bph
  • Case                           Stainless steel
  • Powered:                    Mechanical - Handwind
  • Case Width:               36.2 mm (39.1mm incl. crown)
  • Case Length:              45.5 mm
  • Lug Width:                 19mm
  • Thickness:                  11.4mm
  • Bezel:                         Bi-directional tension
  • Crystal:                       Acrylic
  • Crown:                       Non-screw down
  • Band:                         New, Swiss Army-style leather band
  • Boxes:                        None

Function - This watch is wound by hand. It is recommended to wind the crown 10-15 times to typically give a power reserve to last throughout the day. If you do fully wind the watch, stop when you begin to feel tightness in winding pressure.

[All vintage watches are expected to function as described. However, due to age and generally unknown service history (unless otherwise stated), these watches may not keep time as accurately as new or quartz (battery) watches. This is completely normal and does not indicate that there is a major problem. Like your automobile, all mechanical watches will likely need to be serviced at some point in time. Please keep this in mind, as there is no guarantee regarding when these vintage watches may need standard maintenance. Every watch sold by Buying On Time is done so with the expectation that it is not currently in need of service or repair, unless noted. We guarantee that all watches sold are accurately described and in the stated condition when they leave our hands.]