Ollech & Wajs 'Big-Eye' Yachting Regatta Chronographe


Brand: Ollech & Wajs (OW)

Model: "Big-Eye" Yachting Regatta Chronographe (Valjoux cal. 7730); Swiss Made circa 1960s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 38mm excluding the original winding crown

Bracelet: Vintage new old stock (NOS) 18mm stainless steel "block and ball" bracelet with unsigned fold-over clasp; manufactured by Drema; fantastic condition overall with only minor wear from handling and storage

Movement: Valjoux cal. 7730 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made; correct LBA import code for Ollech & Wajs

Features: "Big-eye" tri-color yachting regatta countdown register (white/blue/red) with 30-minute chronograph recording capability; small running seconds register at 9 o'clock; original stainless steel rotating 12-hour bezel displays a second time zone; attractive matte black reverse-panda dial with telemeter and tachymetre displays; original handset with luminous chronograph sweeping-seconds hand; oversized solid stainless steel case with domed acrylic crystal

Condition: Superb original condition overall with only minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with sharp edges and bevels; near-perfect Tritium dial with fantastic yellow patina; original Tritium handset with all luminous material present and in tact; crisp caseback with all printing/engraving defined and clearly visible; original stainless steel rotating 12-hour bezel exhibits some minor loss of black enamel paint in a few places

Other: It's no secret that the yachting regatta countdown is one of our all-time favorite complications here at watchsteez.com. If you haven't been out yachting recently, we'll break it down for you: The white, blue, and red segments each represent 5-minute intervals within the 15-minute countdown. In the 15 minutes leading up to a race, yachts are jockeying for position behind a starting buoy - The tri-color coding makes the chronograph easy for skippers to read at a glance, letting them know when they can cross the starting line. Given the relative obscurity of the sport, tool watches designed specifically for this purpose are all the more rare. We absolutely love this OW with its incredible dial with big-eye regatta register and large case with stainless steel bezel. Furthermore, this is the best example that we've ever had the privilege of offering!

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