Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. it was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are part of the Swiss Swatch Group.
In 1967 Omega launched the De Ville as a stand-alone line. A much more streamlined, varied, and younger feel than the SeaMaster, it soon became Omega’s best-selling collection. The Chronostop was initially launched as a Seamaster but in 1967 the line was transferred to the ”Geneve” collection and “De Ville” line in 1970. It was well regarded in the watch industry and in 1967 won the Honour prize for chronographs and sports watches. . In 1968 at the Winnipeg Pan American Games and Mexico Olympics, it was selected as the official Omega timer.
The Ref. 145.010 was designed to be worn under the wrist and was very popular with drivers. This model was manufactured in 1968, the case designed by Fernando Fontana, who was the owner of the Lascor Case company which made specialised cases for special designs for Omega. Sold exclusively through Omega’s Italian distributor Di Marchi. This magnificent 1968 Omega Chronostop Geneve 145.009 has an elliptical “UFO” shaped 34.5mm, monocoque (made of a single cup/recipient into which the entire movement and dial assembly is set) stainless steel case. Broad lug shoulders gently curve. A 39mm lug to lug length gives the watch serious wrist presence. Polished sides and brushed top surfaces have crisp edges that are well defined. On the right side at 2 o’clock the Chronostop single pusher, to engage, press down, to stop, press down, hold, read the seconds and release to reset. At 3 o’clock a signed crown. A slim polished bezel holds the domed crystal. Its anthracite grey dial is textured. A white outer 1⁄5-second track has applied steel batons and Tritium lume pips marking the hours. Slim baton hands have lume infill, alongside a tapered orange center chronograph hand. On the reverse a plain screw-down case-back. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 865, 17 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on an 18mm suede strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Omega box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited Suede strap with a reproduction Omega buckle. The watch is from Circa. 1968 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.