1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
Ref: 155.006

1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006
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Reference : 155.006
Movement : Automatic Omega Cal. 684
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa. 1973
Case Size : 27mm
Case Thickness : 10.5mm
Lug to Lug : 50mm
Lugs : 
Condition :
Box & Papers :
Case Material :
 Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 12-Months Non-waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch

Points of Mention

This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no Omega box or Omega paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Omega solid bangle/bracelet with a folding Omega clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1973 and is in worn vintage condition, with age-related "bleeding" patina to the dial as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.

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The Watch

Here we have a 1973 Omega De Ville Automatic Rare Oversized Blue 155.006 with a 27mm tank-shaped stainless steel case that comfortably sits on your wrist with chamfered angled covered lugs, a lug-to-lug length of 50mm and a case thickness of 10.5mm sits on that sweet spot of wrist ergonomics. On the right side is a recessed signed push/pull crown. Brushed and unpolished surfaces flow over the chamfered edges for a very distinctive look, a rectangular-shaped crystal has bevel edges and a rounded top and bottom sitting above a striking electric blue dial which has a bleeding patina around the edges showing a shade of dark purple. Elegant printed white Roman numerals radiate around the edge expanding in size towards the corners, curvaceous leaf hands hit their mark on this sophisticated two-hand dial. At 12 o’clock we have the applied Omega motif “Automatic” printed underneath and at 6 o’clock “De Ville”. On the reverse, case back with “De Ville” embossed in the centre, inside an automatic Omega Cal. 684, 24 jewels, beating at 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes paired with an interesting Omega bangle-style solid stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp.

Personal Note

It's watches like this that make being a watch dealer so great, before this landed on my desk I had never seen it, the fact it is an Omega makes it all the crazier! The bracelet is solid and heavy and feels like a bangle, and the head of the watch is thick and built like a tank, this is 70s craziness at its finest. The dial is wonderful, patina that has developed into bleeding of the colour to a dark purple around the edges and a light blue in the centre, this is what makes vintage so fascinating...

The Brand

They were formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. in 1848 founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds. When he died in 1879, his sons carried on his dream. In 1880 they moved to 96 Rue Jakob-Stampfli where they remain today. The brothers produced their first mass-produced calibre, the Labrador In 1885. Just a few years later in 1892, they produced the first minute-repeater. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. During WW1 Omega watches were used as official timekeepers for the Royal Flying Corps and the US Army. In 1930, Omega and Tissot merged together to form Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère (SSIH) In 1931, another group was formed - Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie AG (ASUAG). Where SSIH was primarily French-speaking, ASUAG was founded by the more German-speaking members of the Swiss watch industry. In 1948 they introduced the first edition of one of its most symbolic watches: the Seamaster. Omega first introduced the Constellation in 1952. At the time it was Omega's flagship timepiece. The first models had a Cal. 354 bumper movement in them. Later in 1955, Omega introduced the Automatic Cal. 50x, followed in 1959 by the Cal.55x (no date) and 56x (date) versions. Many of the Constellations came with pie-pan dials, diamond indexes, and fancy lug configurations. All the gold Constellations of that time have the Observatory of Geneva's hand engraved on the back. The stainless steel and stainless steel/gold versions had a gold medallion on the back with the Observatory of Geneva. The eight stars above the Observatory stand for the many exploits of Omega in the world Chronometer competition. Celebrating the fact that all Constellations are Chronometer Certified. In 1962, when astronaut Wally Schirra wore a Speedmaster on his Mercury Sigma 7 Mission, making it the first Omega watch to enter space. After rigorous tests, NASA used Omega for all their Apollo missions including the 1969 Moon landing of Apollo 11. Today Omega is still an astronaut's first choice. In 1969, President Nixon famously said it was “too valuable” and turned down the first-ever all-gold Speedmaster Professional Deluxe. As a response to the ever-growing threat of electronic watches to the manufacturers of mechanical watches, Omega and many Swiss brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe formed Centre Electronique Horologer (CEH). Prototypes began to appear in 1967 with their 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. Later we saw a merger of SSIH and ASUAG into SMH, or Société de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie. This merger took place in 1983. In 1992, the company acquired Blancpain, and in 1998 it officially rebranded itself from SMH to the Swatch Group. Then, in 1999, they purchased and integrated Breguet into the Swatch Group.