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. Much more streamlined, variety, and younger feel than the SeaMaster, it soon became Omega’s best selling collection.
We have here a rare Omega De Ville Chronograph whose production run was only 2 years. It's 35mm stainless steel case shares the same DNA as the Seamaster of the time. At 40mm lug to lug the polished and brushed case with gently curved lugs ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right side, we have the pushers and a slimmer signed crown. The thin bezel holds its original Acrylic Crystal. Now for the star of the show a vibrant Electric Blue dial that catches the light in an exciting way as you turn your wrist to check the time. Around the outside edge sits the Tachymetre, fine tritium coated baton markers for hours. At 3 o’clock a recessed 30-minute register with concentric circle patterning, giving the impression that it is smaller than the left one, at 9 o’clock the continuous 60 seconds register has a simple crosshair design along with unusually the date window due to the movement used. White fence hands alongside the chronograph seconds hand complete this incredible dial. Its symmetry is just perfect, Omega really nailed it. On the reverse a screw-down case back. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 930, 17 Jewels, based on the Lemania 3872 that comes from the same family as the famous column wheel Cal. 320, 321 found in Speedmasters, Seamasters, and many others. The 930 is lever action and instead of the usual hourly totaliser has a non-quickset date function. Fitted on its original Omega 19mm stainless steel bracelet with signed folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with an original vintage Omega box and outer box, no original paperwork is provided with the watch. The watch comes paired with its original stainless steel Omega signed bracelet with a total length of 20cm. The watch is from Circa. 1969 and is in worn vintage condition so signs of wear and age will be seen, scratches to the case and bracelet, a few very minor marks to the dial that can be seen under magnification. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
This beauty is easily one of the very nicest vintage Omega chronographs I have had in for a while! The one that was on-par was the vintage Omega Seamaster chronograph with the 321 caliber... But this watch with its electric blue dial, date at 9o'clock and perfect proportions, really does give any other dimension beyond its competitors!