Ollech & Wajs was among the first companies to introduce integrated bracelet sports models in the early 70s. Most notable of these was the OW Ref.8000 – a sleek and angular TV dial chronograph with a stunning 'Havana brown fumé' dial.
To mark the 50th anniversary of this pivotal watch, we created a new model, which both epitomises and contemporises the character of the OW Ref.8000
The chronologically named OW 8001 has a brutalist, brushed stainless steel tonneau case, which flows seamlessly into an integrated brushed oyster-style bracelet, engineered for extreme durability and modelled closely on the original. For added comfort and stability, the bracelet is finished with a sturdy milled, engraved clasp, extendable up to 22 mm, and a double pusher release system for extra security against accidental opening.
Unlike a lot of so-called sports watches, the OW 8001 is actually built for sports. It shares the streamline characteristics of its predecessor but has a distinctively more rugged, burly aesthetic. An uncompromising 316L stainless steel case with a round dial aperture, an extra-thick sapphire crystal and screw-down crown guarantee a superior water resistance of 300 m (30ATM). The dial itself reprises the 'Havana fumé' finish, achieved with a double-lacquering technique that creates a mesmerising radial gradient effect.
What elevates the OW 8001 to a class all of its own amongst modern-day sports watches lies beyond its tough exterior. Inside the watch is a Chronometer-certified, deluxe version of the Soprod Newton Precision P092 – OW"s first COSC-certified model of the modern era. The bridge of each movement is stamped with the COSC number, confirming that it meets the accuracy and precision standards of the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. Each OW 8001 also comes with Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres certification papers. The bespoke automatic, date only calendar movement has 23 jewels and a 44-hour power reserve. The Soprod Newton P092 movement is also independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and has additionally been awarded a Chronofiable® certification.
The OW 8001 represents a harmonious coalescence of durability, utility, precision, comfort and style, making it versatile enough to wear with a wetsuit or a linen suit.
39.56 mm X 13 mm
Brushed 316L stainless steel tonneau style, screwed bottom, screwed crown, fixed steel bezel; made in the Swiss Jura
Fixed bezel with a combination of numeric and round markers in Super-LumiNova® at 5-minute intervals
Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Double-lacquered ‘Havana fumé’ dial; baton hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®, with date window at 6 o’clock
Automatic, COSC-certified, bespoke Soprod Newton Precision P092; date-only calendar, with semi instantaneous changes and quick adjustment using the crown; stop seconds; 4Hz 28,800 vibrations per
hour; 23 jewels; 44-hour power reserve. The Soprod Newton P092 movement is also independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and has additionally been awarded a Chronofiable® certification.
+/-7 seconds per day, adjusted in five positions (equivalent of ETA Elaborate)
Integrated brushed oyster-style bracelet, engineered for comfort and stability and extreme durability. The bracelet is finished with sturdy milled, engraved clasp, extendable up to 22 mm, and a double pusher release system for extra security against accidental opening.
Over 75% Swiss Made*