Ollech & Wajs Yachting Regatta Chronographe ref. 20387

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Brand: Ollech & Wajs (OW)

Model: "Big-Eyes" Yachting Regatta Chronographe ref. 20387 (Valjoux 92); Swiss Made circa 1960s

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

Bracelet: 18mm vintage-style stainless steel mesh bracelet (adjust size via sliding clasp)

Movement: Valjoux cal. 92 manual-winding chronograph movement (17 jewels); high grade with column-wheel activation; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made; serviced

Features: "Big-eye" tri-color yachting regatta countdown register (white/blue/red) with 30-minute chronograph recording capability; 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; sharp stainless steel case with original domed acrylic crystal; high-grade Valjoux 92 chronograph movement with column-wheel activation (serviced)

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; 38mm solid stainless steel case is unpolished with sharp edges and bevels; crisp caseback remains clearly legible and exhibits some light wear; original rotating stainless steel bezel is crisp and sharp; black enamel paint has been re-applied in the bezel; beautiful matte black dial with fantastic yellow patina to the Tritium elements; matching original hands; clean original domed acrylic crystal

Other: It's no secret that the yachting regatta countdown is one of our all-time favorite complications here at watchsteez. 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 quite rare. We absolutely love this OW with its incredible matte black dial that sparkles in the sun and large case with stainless steel bezel. Furthermore, this early example is even more rare and special with the high-grade Valjoux 92 movement. Almost all of these watches came with a later Valjoux 7730 or 7733 movement, which is of much lesser quality and construction. For example, early two-register Heuer Carrera watches were powered by the same Valjoux 92 movement that is offered here. For peace of mind, the movement was completely overhauled by our watchmaker with new gaskets installed at the time of the service.

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