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. With a much more streamlined, varied, and younger feel than the Seamaster, it soon became Omega’s best-selling collection.
Here we have a classic Omega De Ville 9ct Gold 166/5020, the serial number states the watch was produced in 1969 and the registration of purchase was May 1972. This was a common occurrence for watches to sit in a stockroom for a number of years waiting to be sold. 34mm monocoque (coque in French means hull) case design, which means access to the movement is by removing the crystal with a special tool. The case gently slopes over your wrist with elegant lugs. A lug to lug length of 40mm and a thickness of 10.5mm ensures a comfortable fit. On the right side, a signed crown. A domed crystal sits above a white dial. Applied slim baton indexes with onyx infill mark the hours. At 3 o’clock a date window. Slender sword hands are complemented by a tapered sweeping seconds hand. Text is precisely printed with an applied Omega motif at 12 o’clock. On the reverse, a screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Omega Cal. 565, 24 jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. The quickset date is done by repeatedly pulling the crown. The watch comes fitted with an 18mm leather strap and also comes with its Omega outer box and red presentation box (hinges broken) and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Omega box and papers, hinges on the box are, unfortunately, broken. The watch comes paired on a well-suited brown leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1969 based on the serials and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall very fair condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
Who doesn't love a 9ct gold Omega? Especially a super clean example like this one, plus comes with its box and paperwork is also a big plus. I always say don't hunt down watches for their box and paperwork, focus 100% on the watch first, the originality, the condition etc... Then if it happens to have a box and paperwork, its a lovely plus, just like this!