This is probably one of the sharpest Seamaster De Ville cases that I ever came across so far! The Omega Seamaster De Ville line of watches was introduced in 1960. Due to the demand for a sporty dresswatch, a dressier version of the Seamaster was created. The watches have a “monocoque” case, which means there is no caseback and the movement goes into the case through the front side of the case and is then covered by the crystal. This construction makes the watch more water resistant, since there is no caseback where water could possibly leak into the case. This watch has a steel watch case and a silver sunburst dial with applied stick indexes. Inside the movement ticks the Omega cal. 630, a manually wound movement with a central second hand. The watch has the famous “beads of rice” bracelet. This bracelet received this name due the shape of the links resembling grains of rice.
The bracelet fits an 18 cm wrist when it is in the smallest hole of the clasp. Without extra bracelet links, the bracelet can be used for a wrist size up to 20 cm. These are also 2 extra spare links.
The watch is in very good condition. The case is unpolished and therefore shows some signs of wear like little scratches. The crown is original and signed with the Omega logo. The dial is in good condition but shows some age and light patina (see pictures). The hands are original and in good condition. The crystal has been replaced with a new old stock Omega crystal and in in perfect condition without scratched. The movement is in very good condition and runs accurate within 20-30 seconds a day. The movement has been fully serviced and the watch comes with a 1 year warranty.
Omega Watch Co was founded in La Chaux de Fonds in 1948 by Louis Brandt, under the name La Generale watch Co. The company collected watch parts manufactured by craftsmen in the region and assembled then into complete watches. The company started to focus on industrializing the manufacturing of watches and making parts interchangeable. In 1894, the caliber 19 was launched. Soon after, this calibre was named Omega, the letter that stands for perfection in the Greek Alphabet. in 1903, the decision was made to sell al watches produced by the company under the name Omega.
In 1903 Omega was employing well over 800 employees and producing over 240.000 watches a year, making it the biggest Swiss watch manufacturer of that era. Omega won numerous medals for precision timekeeping in chronometers trials. As a result from these achievements, Omega was appointed official timekeeper for the 1932 Olympics. In 1948 the Seamaster was introduced, followed by the Constellation in 1952, the Speedmaster in 1957 and the De Ville in 1960.