The OW 350CI is the result of a collaboration with the Atelier Zevaco, a vintage motorcycle restoration workshop based in Zürich. The project resulted from a meeting between enthusiasts of old mechanics at the 2019 le Mans Classic. The idea to collaborate with the Atelier Zevaco around the restoration of an iconic Swiss vintage motorcycle, the Condor 350, naturally emerged.
For this collaboration, the Atelier Zevaco undertook the restoration of a 1977 Condor 350. Of both Swiss and military heritage, with reversed gearbox controls, the Condor 350 is an iconic motorcycle for military servicemen in Switzerland in the 1970s and 80s. It has a Ducati engine in a Swiss body assembly.
While retaining its military and utilitarian appearance, quality materials were chosen for its restoration. The saddle is handmade by René Wenger, Zürich based saddler, in oak-colored oiled vegetable leather. Touches of cognac and yellow were added to contrast with a khaki frame. The motorcycle has undergone a complete restoration, while remaining faithful to its original qualities, to its spirit, retaining its patina and soul.
The OW 350CI is a left-handed mechanical field watch developed with the same philosophy. Its name and design refer to the Condor 350 and its inverted controls ("commandes inversées"). Its khaki dial has yellow indexes to respect military color codes. It features a 300m waterproof case to 300 m, a 12h rotating bezel in stainless steel, and a 2824-2 ETA movement adjusted in 5 positions. The OW 350CI is a tool watch that can be worn in any condition. It can be put on the left wrist to avoid damaging its oversized crown during a dive, a mission, or when practicing motorsports.