RARE- O&W (Ollech & Wajs) Early Bird 24HR Military Watch ca. 1960's

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RARE- O&W (Ollech & Wajs) Early Bird 24HR Military Watch ca. 1960's
Ollech & Wajs
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SCARCE- 38x47mm (not counting the crown) O&W EARLY BIRD 24HR MILITARY WATCH ca. 1960's. Very tough to find true 24 hour watch used by American soldiers during the Vietnam War and sold in the PX stores. They were affordable and were the "luxury watch" like the Glycine Airman that were worn by some GI soldiers during the Vietnam Conflict. Here is some information about this watch:
The Early Bird was produced by the Swiss company Ollech & Wajs starting in 1965. The watch is named after the world's first commercial communications satellite (COMSAT), the Early Bird, launched on April 6, 1965 by Hughes Aircraft Company. The Early Bird was in synchronous orbit providing line of sight communications between Europe and North America and served for four years, including use during the Apollo 11 mission. It is still in orbit but is now inactive.
It is a simple, rugged 24 hour watch with the ability to tell a second timezone. Because of this, the watch was a big success in the US military via private purchase, and in VietNam. (Information found on watchcaliber.free.fr. )
This example is in excellent original condition and the signed Ollech-Wajs 17J base Fontemelon caliber FHF 72 manual wind movement is in good running order. The inside of the case back is signed Ollech-Wajs and the outer case back has the case ref number 2834 and the serial number 341731. The case is marked as water tested to 20ATM and stainless steel. This is a super tough to find watch on the aftermarket now. Way tougher to find than the old Glycine Airman watches and much scarcer. This example comes with a NATO KHAKI FATIGUE STRAP which looks great on the watch.