Ollech & Wajs Slide-Rule Watch For General Electric

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Manual-winding
40 MM
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SKU AS04506
Article Number 40990216
case size 40 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Well Red Alpine leather strap with steel pin buckle.
material Alpine
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Matte black Tritium dial is in equally excellent condition overall showing even patina throughout with matching handset. Unsigned crown. Bezel insert shows deep, even grey fade.
Manual-winding
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04506
Article Number 40990216
case size 40 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Well Red Alpine leather strap with steel pin buckle.
material Alpine
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Matte black Tritium dial is in equally excellent condition overall showing even patina throughout with matching handset. Unsigned crown. Bezel insert shows deep, even grey fade.

Why We Love it

This is the type of watch we nerds can get excited about.

In the mid-20th century, prominent Swiss brands sometimes provided watches to firms in need of timepieces for expeditions, experiments, and more. In this particular case, the manufacturer even signed the dials with the purchasing firm’s name — General Electric, the prominent American conglomerate, which still to this day has a significant aviation division.

In considering GE’s aviation business, the choice of watch makes sense: It’s actually a Selectron model from Swiss brand Ollech & Wajs. Measuring a large (for the time) 41mm in diameter, it features a slide rule bezel that allows pilots to make various calculations on the fly, so to speak. Other than that, it’s simply a well made, highly legible tool watch with a date indicator — perfect for the aviator or scientist. 

This particular GE-signed Selectron features a 41mm stainless steel case, a black aluminum, bidirectional rotating slide rule bezel, a luminous black matte tritium dial with a matching handset, an acrylic crystal, and a manual-winding FHF Cal. 96-4 movement with date. In excellent condition throughout, it’s a true testament to the importance of a well made timepiece in mid-20th century scientific endeavors. 

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Brand Story

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The year was 1943. World War II raged across Europe. But in the icy waters of the Marne River, all was calm as Lieutenant Jacques Cousteau of the Marine Nationale plunged beneath the surface. On his back was a unique apparatus, two tanks of compressed air attached to a hose which was connected to a mask on Cousteau’s face. This was the Aqualung, and by the next decade it would usher in a new era of diving. The age of SCUBA had begun.

The Aqualung logo would become a familiar sight among amateur and professional diving cirlces, popularized by Cousteau’s company U.S. Divers. Although most commonly seen on SCUBA gear, it could also be seen on watches. Among these, DOXA Sub 300Ts with the distinctive logo are by far the most prevalent, known as “Black Lung” by collectors, but Aqualung also sold watches under its own brand name.

Employing contract “skin diver” cases and robust A. Schild or Felsa movements, these watches are every bit the no-nonsense tool watches as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms (another watch favored by Cousteau). Also, the association with Cousteau gives them an added appeal. Uncommon and undeniably attractive, they offer the collector a rarely-seen alternative to the Fifty Fathoms and Submariner, with no less of a diving pedigree.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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