Mint Vintage Ollech & Wajs Aviation Navitimer Valjoux 7736 w/ Box & Papers - SOLD
The Breitling Navitimer has been a pilot watch legend for over 60 years. The contrasting slide rule and tricompax layout are one of the most iconic vintage chronograph designs ever made. Unfortunately for Breitling, the quartz crisis in the 1970s forced the company to liquidate and sell off their assets. Ollech & Wajs, a smaller Swiss watch company, purchased the rights and the leftover stock of Navitimers and started to sell them under their own brand, Aviation, as we see here. The watches are nearly identical to their Breitling counterparts other than the branding and are a tremendous value proposition compared to those vintage Bretiling branded Navitimers.
The example offered here is in fantastic condition, and looks as close to new as a vintage tool watch could ever be expected. The unpolished case still shines bright and has deep textured brushing on the case sides, and the dial is a gorgeous jet black with incredible tritium patina on the hour markers and hands. This watch also comes with its original box and papers, another scarcity with vintage tool watches, and even the original strap (though we wouldn't suggest wearing it).
Take a look at the photos and our condition breakdown below.
Case: 42mm case in outstanding condition. The watch is clearly unpolished and was very carefully worn, and only shows very minor surface swirling on the polished areas.
Bezel: Original bezel and insert in fantastic condition. Bezel action is smooth.
Dial/Hands: Original dial and hand set. The dial is black with white subdials and printing with the "Aviation" branding at 12 o'clock. The dial and hands have developed a fantastic matching, even patina that stands out against the black and white colors of the dial.
Caseback: Original steel caseback stamped Aviation 1189. The caseback is in good condition with all stampings present and crisp.
Crystal: Excellent condition domed acrylic crystal with some minor surface scuffing as shown.
Movement: Original Valjoux 7736 hand-wound chronograph movement in excellent working condition with all functions working as they should, including the chronograph start, stop, and reset. Service history is unknown, but the watch is running very well. The movement is exceptionally clean.
Bracelet/Strap: Like new brown leather 22mm vintage style strap. The original strap is also included as well, although it is heavily worn.
Accessories: The original box and manual are included as pictured.