Ollech & Wajs Early Bird ref. 2834 GMT Pilot Watch (24-Hour Dial)


Brand: Ollech & Wajs (OW)

Model: Early Bird ref. 2834 GMT Pilot Watch (24-Hour Dial); Swiss Made circa 1960s

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

Bracelet: 19mm vintage-style stainless steel mesh bracelet (adjustable size via sliding clasp)

Movement: FHF cal. 72 manual-winding movement (17 jewels) with 24-hour display; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original glossy black 24-hour dial with luminous numbers and hour markers; original luminous hands rotate once every 24-hours to distinguish AM and PM; original rotating metallic blue and red "Pepsi" bezel tracks a second time zone and AM/PM simultaneously; oversized stainless steel "diver" case with domed acrylic crystal and retro mesh bracelet

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with only minor honest wear consistent with age and light use; sharp solid stainless steel case appears to be completely unpolished with the original finishes throughout; crisp caseback with cool diver logo remains clearly legible; beautiful original glossy black dial with attractive yellow patina to the luminous numbers and hour markers; original luminous hands with matching yellow patina; very nice original rotating 24-hour bezel with vibrant blue and red "Pepsi" colors; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: The Early Bird was way ahead of its time and described in an original OW advertisement as such: "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 two time-zones." We love the metallic blue and red "Pepsi" bezel that changes hues depending on how it catches the light. The glossy black dial is downright gorgeous with killer yellow lume - Even the outer numbers are luminous! The awesome broad-arrow hour hand is highly legible and easy to distinguish from the pointed minute hand and "lollipop" sweeping-seconds hand. The lume pip is still in tact on the bezel and the overall condition of this example is superb. The 38mm "diver" case wears extremely well on the wrist and the retro mesh bracelet looks great. If you're looking for a unique and colorful conversation piece, this is it!

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