OW Astrochron S

$2,760.00

The OW Astrochron story began in Zürich nearly 60 years ago, amidst history’s most ambitious era of exploration. The race to go faster, further and deeper had the world poised at the edge of several new frontiers, the most notable being outer space. The astral realm represented the ultimate in exploration and inspired the name of the famous Ollech & Wajs 1967 ‘triple-register’ chronograph. Indeed, NASA’s most prestigious scientists would be amongst the elite professionals that used the Astrochron’s various dials and scales. Engineers, sportsmen, commercial and military divers, pilots and ships officers were also fast to appreciate the value of such a rugged and water-resistant precision timing instrument.

Only a chronograph of outstanding quality would be worthy of continuing the Astrochron legacy today, and we had endeavoured to ensure this new interpretation is equal to the challenge. With a water-resistance of 50 atm (500 m), the new model more than doubles the depth rating of the original and far exceeds Swiss chronograph standard. Other updates include a 360-degree rotating compass bezel and a 20 minute diver’s scale. These additional utilities, combined with a five-minute Regatta counter, extra-thick sapphire crystal and unique four-gasket pusher system, make the new OW Astrochron as proficient on the ocean as it is under and over it.

Inside the brushed 316L stainless steel case is a descendant of the historic Valjoux 72 movement that powered the first Astrochrons. A custom-engraved automatic Valjoux 7753, with an OW machined rotor set onto it, is regulated, adjusted and power-tested in five positions at our workshop in the Swiss Jura, thereby qualifying for the OW Precision rating.

As a final tribute to its forebear, the new chronograph revives the distinctive North Atlantic blue dial of 1968.

Whether you’re exploring a wreck, exploring a theory or just gazing up at the stars and exploring the possibilities, the new OW Astrochron could well be the perfect chronograph.

As has become a new OW tradition, the first 56 Astrochron S watches will be offered with numbered crowns.

 

In stock

Year
2023

Dimensions
39.56 mm X 12.5 mm and 45.7 mm lug to lug.

Case
Brushed 316L stainless steel, screwed bottom, screwed crown, rotating steel bezel; Made in the Swiss Jura

Bezel
360-degree compass bezel with cardinal direction markers and an angle scale VISIBILITY: hands, indexes, and radio silence periods in Super-LumiNova®

Glass
Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment 

Dial
Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Water resistance
300m/ 30atm 

Movement
Automatic 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 independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and has been awarded a Chronofiable® certification.

Average Accuracy
+/-7 seconds per day, adjusted in five positions (equivalent of ETA Elaborate)

Bracelet
20 mm heavy-gauge, stainless steel mesh bracelet, hand-brushed, reinforced ends with an engraved adjustable clasp

Origin
Over 90% Swiss Made, excluding strap and packaging

Packaging
Leather origin Great Britain, Italian Kraft paper

Assembled to order with an estimated delivery time of about 1-3 weeks from ordering date.

Free worldwide delivery by FedEx, which includes all import taxes, customs duties, customs clearance fees, VAT and handling charges.

3 years against any manufacturing defect.

Assembled to order with an estimated delivery time of about 13 weeks from ordering date. Deliveries will start in late May 2023.

Free worldwide delivery by FedEx, which includes all import taxes, customs duties, customs clearance fees, VAT, and handling charges.

3 years against any manufacturing defect.