We have here an Omega De Ville Chronostop with a stunning, grey fumé dial which changes colour in different lights. The watch has a date window at 3 o'clock and outer minute tracking. Applied chamfered edges baton indexes mark the hours and sword hands with luminescence infill complemented by a tapered centre seconds hand.
The jumbo, 42x48mm, brushed stainless steel monocoque/front-loading case was designed by Fernando Fontana (Sesto Calende), an Italian case maker, exclusively for Omega's agent De Marchi. On the right side, a single pusher for the chronostop at 2 o’clock - to engage, press down; to stop, press down, hold, read the seconds and release to reset. A signed recessed crown at 4 o’clock.
On the reverse, a screw back that holds only the bracelet in place. Inside is the mechanical manual wind Omega Cal. 920, 17 jewels, fully serviced by us and running strongly. The watch comes fitted on its original, integrated, stainless steel, Omega bracelet and with a rare Omega De Ville presentation box.
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 the Omega Seamaster being worn by many celebrities and A listers.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Integrated bracelets are all the hype at the moment and for good reason, they look fantastic! The perfect sporty-type watch and a must have in any watch collection. We don't see these fumé dials often so I wouldn't hold back too long for this beauty.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1969
Case Size : 42mm
Case Thickness : 13mm
Lug to Lug : 48mm
Lugs : Integrated
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box Only
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty