1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
Ref: 146.012

1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop Grey Fume Dial 146.012
Regular price
Sold
Sale price
£1,495.00
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Specification

Reference : 146.012
Movement : Manually Wound Omega Cal. 920
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : Circa. 1969
Case Size : 42mm
Case Thickness : 13mm
Lug to Lug : 48mm
Lugs :
 Integrated
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 Box
Case Material : 
Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold with its rare Omega De Ville presentation box but no Omega paperwork. The watch is paired with its original Omega bracelet with a signed folding clasp in very fair vintage condition, this will fit up to a 7.25inch wrist. The watch is from Circa. 1969, and is sold in very fair vintage condition, as you can see. The dial with the chamfered battens and luminance is in great condition. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.


The Watch

Here we have a 1969 Omega De Ville Chronostop 146.012 with a “Jumbo sized” 42mm stainless steel case, Fernando Fontana (Sesto Calende), an Italian case maker, designed and produced this case exclusively for Omegas agent De Marchi. At 48mm lug to lug and a thickness of 13mm you can be sure of a comfortable fit, the case is a monocoque (coque in French means hull) case design, made from a solid piece of brushed stainless steel, access to the movement is by removing the crystal with a special tool. 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, the domed Omega crystal sits above a Grey Fume Dial, and an outer minute track is precisely printed. Applied chamfered edges baton indexes mark the hours. At 3 o’clock a framed date window, sword hands with luminescence infill complemented by a tapered centre seconds hand. On the reverse, a screw back that holds only the bracelet in place, as you take the movement out from the front. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 920, 17 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original Omega-integrated stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp and comes with a rare Omega De Ville presentation box.


Personal Note

I know, I know... I am going to massively regret selling this as I have never seen another one and likely will never see one again! This is one from the personal collection and anyone who knows me would have seen me wear this on many occasions, but I am deciding to let it go, I own a lot of watches at the moment and this hasn't been worn in some time, got to be strict with myself!


The Brand

Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co, Louis Brandt founded it 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. As a response to the ever-growing threat of electronic watches to the manufacturers of mechanical watches, Omega in collaboration with Swiss brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe formed Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH). Prototypes began in 1967 with production starting in 1968. Then In 1972, Omega introduced the reference, 198.030, which included the Omega calibre 1250, a ‘tuning-fork’ electronic movement which was made under licence from Bulova. In 1967 Omega launched the De Ville as a stand-alone line. With 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 the “De Ville” line by 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. It was designed to be worn under the wrist and was very popular with divers.