WOW! It is very, very hard not to get excited by this very unusual Omega De Ville watch from the 1960s. Coloured dials are trending hard of late and we love this matte green/khaki dial! The dial has a nice, even patina, which has created a unique type of dusting effect, and gives no doubt to its originality. The dial is simply signed 'Omega,' with the famous Omega logo at 12 o'clock and 'De Ville' at 6. Gilt, baton markers and gilt, stick hour and minute hands complete the dial.
The 9ct gold, English-made, rectangular, tank-shaped case has a slight curve that makes the design incredibly interesting and retro. The case measures 25 x 37.5mm and we feel this is a unisex size. Inside is Omega's in-house, mechanical manual wind caliber 620, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a brown leather strap, but it looks great dressed up on black too. The watch also comes with its original gold-plated, Omega buckle - something that is quite rare for a watch of this age!
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.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Well if we weren't running a business then we would keep all of our watches, and this would be a keeper for sure! A-class design and an excellent example of a favourite from Omega's 1960s experimental De Ville range. Perfect for him or her, this is a truly individual and beautiful timepiece with bags of wrist appeal!
Age : 1960/69
Specific Age : 1969
Case Size : 25mm
Case Thickness : 8mm
Lug to Lug : 37.5mm
Lugs : 17mm
Condition : Pre-Owned .
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Solid 9ct Gold Hallmarked 1969
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Service Cover