Omega launched De Ville as a separate line in 1967. It had been a collection within the Seamaster line since 1960. Simpler, younger, more colorful, and more varied than the Seamaster, it quickly became Omega’s best-selling collection. The name stood for an entire philosophy because the De Ville wasn’t created at Omega’s headquarters in industrial Bienne, but in sophisticated Geneva. The collection was intended to represent a new urban elegance. The designers had sought and found a modernistic element in wristwatch design.
The collection included rectangular models containing the ultra-slim hand-wound Caliber 620. The synthesis of modernity and timelessness turned out to be just right. Omega De Ville wristwatches won six “Golden Roses” at the Baden-Baden design awards in the 1970s as well as the coveted Grand Prix Triomphe de l’Excellence Européenne. Modern editions of the Deville share this same spirit of elegance and timeless design, such as the Omega DeVille Hour Vision does.
This is a beautiful example of a vintage De Ville, rare within this model due to the Chronograph function that is more commonly seen on Seamasters and Speedmasters. The ivory-colour dial is set with small seconds and is in excellent condition. The case has a small amount of general wear but is in fantastic condition for such a vintage piece. The bracelet is not original.
Model Number: 145.017 Year: 1968 Scope of delivery: Secondary Authenticity Certificate Condition: (3) Good Condition Detail: Great condition for such an old piece with usual wear to case as shown in photos. Bracelet is not original. Movement: Mechanical (Manual-Winding) Case Width: 35mm Case Material: Stainless steel Lug Type: Normal Lug Width: 20mm Strap Length: 198mm Strap Material: Stainless steel Complications: Hours, Minutes, Small seconds, Chronograph, Tachymeter Review Credit: Watch Time
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