1963/64 Omega Automatic Seamaster De Ville Date Model 166.5020 in Solid 18k Gold with Linen Dial
Product Code: AWCOM4989
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A delightful solid 18ct gold Omega Seamaster De Ville Date reference 166.5020 from 1963-1964. An excellent almost new old stock example of a tried and tested favourite from the 1960s. Omega De Ville with a stunning linen dial with gilt markers and straight, gilt hour, minute and central seconds, as well as the date function at 3 o'clock. This piece has the preferred and more substantial English ALD Omega case, fully signed and English hallmarked. The original dial is immaculate and also stunning. One of the best examples of this model we have been privileged to display in our stock!
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The De Ville is one of our favourite, classic 1960s vintage watches and one of our top classic vintage Omega sellers. The 18ct gold, 34.5mm, monocoque, front-loading case is English made and signed by both Omega and Dennison, and the watch has its original Omega-signed glass. Inside is a barely used , Omega caliber 562, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired this watch on a brown ostrich type leather strap but it looks great dressed up on black too or anything of your choice.
Founded by Louis Brandt in 1848, Omega started out as La Generale Watch Co., an unassuming, but international business. It wasn't until 1885, when the company had been taken over by Louis' sons, that the first mass-produced caliber, the Labrador, was released. By 1903, the company had renamed itself Omega and only two years later were they the official timekeepers at many sporting events across Switzerland. Omega stepped onto an international stage in 1932 as the official timekeepers at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the first of over 20 Olympic Games. Omega were one of the 12 companies, now known as the Dirty Dozen, commissioned to produce watches for the British Military during the Second World War. One of Omega's most iconic watches, the Seamaster, was introduced in 1948 to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Over 70 years later, it is still one of Omega's best selling watches. Omega made headlines in 1962 when Wally Schirra wore the Speedmaster as part of NASA's first crewed spaceflight programme, making the Speedmaster the first watch to enter space. It was only a few years before the Speedmaster became the official chronograph for the American space missions and was worn by Buzz Aldrin as well as the Apollo 13 crew. Omega are still involved with NASA and have been instrumental in creating vital pieces of equipment for space exploration. Omega's reputation continued to soar in the 1990s with Omega Seamaster worn by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. As well as post-1995 James Bonds, Omega has been worn by the likes of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Prince William, Rory McIlroy, Ringo Starr, Michael Phelps, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney.
The watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with our 12 months, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Designed to be an elegant watch this Seamaster De Ville is the perfect dress watch for a vintage watch newbie and a must have in any watch collection. It is a comfortable wear for both men and women. A rare and mint example, in solid 18ct gold, is where timeless design meets functionality. A classic dress watch or indeed also a daily wear.
Age : 1960/69
Specific Age : 1963-4
Case Size : 34.5mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 40mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Solid 18ct Gold, English Hallmarked Birmingham 'P'
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover
Brand : Omega
SKU : AWCOM4989
Case Size : 34mm
Case Size : 35mm