Ollech & Wajs Present The C-1000 MkII Updated Diver

Ollech & Wajs Present The C-1000 MkII Updated Diver

Ollech & Wajs’ C-1000 diver descended from the famous 1964 Precision Caribbean 1000, and has become one of the most popular of the modern collection.

In 1964 the Ollech & Wajs Precision ‘Caribbean 1000’ achieved a certified record-shattering depth rating of 1,000 m (3,300 ft), earning it a place in dive-watch folklore. The latest iteration, the OW C-1000 now becomes the first existing model to receive a major update, though appropriately, the most significant modification is beneath the surface. 

The ETA 2824-2 movement will be replaced with OW’s bespoke Soprod Newton Precision P092 automatic calibre (above). Since this formidable movement came into the line up two years ago, it has been a resounding success and praise from customers has been emphatic, with many claiming it is simply the most accurate movement they have ever owned. It should come as no surprise, not only is the Soprod calibre independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renown Laboratoire Dubois in Chaux-de-Fonds, it was also subjected to OW’s own stringent testing program. Of the 9 movements, from 8 different Swiss manufacturers, evaluated, the Soprod Newton outperformed them all.

There are also subtle upgrades to the watch face designed to improve visibility. Improved Super-LumiNova® has been applied to the hands and the triangular markers at 12, 3 and 9 which have also been made cream rather than pale green as previously. The black date wheel becomes white in keeping with the aesthetic of early OW dive watches and also to enhance readability.

To mark the optimisation of a modern OW legend, the MkII C-1000 comes with a striking monochromatic RAF style nylon band (above). The thin white line woven through the strap symbolises the static line used by free-divers to guide their decent and accent to and from the darkness. The band is finished with an engraved OWZ thorn style buckle and stainless steel keepers.

The new C-1000 will be available from the first week of June and is priced at £1,615 GBP on black rubber ‘Expedition’ strap and £1,838 GBP with stainless steel ‘Beads of Rice’ bracelet. Both models come with a complimentary ‘Freediver’ RAF band.

Technical Specifications:


39.5 mm × 15.8 mm

Brushed 316L stainless steel, screwed back, screw-down crown, rotating bezel 12H. origin, manufactured in Jura, Switzerland

Sapphire with anti-glare treatment

Hands and indexes in Super-LumiNova®

Water resistance
1000m/ 100atm

Automatic, bespoke OW Precision Soprod Newton 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.

20 mm 316L stainless steel, beads-of-rice OW S-type Mark II, with double-lock deployant clasp

Rubber Expedition strap
20 mm abrasion, distortion, heat and oil-resistant, toxin-free rubber strap. Embossed centimetres and inches rule and 1:25000 cartographic scale. Morse code alphabet and a metres, yards and feet conversion table. Manufactured by Italian rubber specialist and hand-finished in Switzerland, with two brushed stainless steel keepers and a thorn buckle, signed ‘OWZ 1956’.

Nylon “Freediver’ RAF band
20 mm, premium-quality, highly durable black and white nylon one-piece band, made in Great Britain, hand-finished in Switzerland, with a brushed stainless steel keepers and a thorn buckle, signed ‘OWZ 1956’

Handmade in the Swiss Jura

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