The Seamaster De Ville model was made by Omega between 1960-1967 and comes close to the perfect dresswatch. This watch has a nice and sharp 18K yellow gold case and a crisp linnen dial with applied gold markers and logo. Inside the case beats the in-house Omega calibre 562 automatic moment with date function. The Seamaster De Ville was a model developed by Omega as a combination of the dressier “De Ville” collection and the water resistant “Seamaster” collection. The case in monobloque, which means there is no caseback, where water could enter the watch. Instead, the movement goes in from the from of the case and the case is closed with a acrylic crystal to create a water resistant seal.
Dial: very good, slight discoloration at 12 o’clock
Case: very good, sharp case, probably unpolished, sharp Seahorse logo on caseback.
Crown: original signed with logo, gasket fits tight and therefore winding is a bit stiff
Crystal: original, signed with logo, no scratches/cracks
Movement: very good, recently serviced, running within 20-30 seconds a day, 12 months warranty
Strap: brand new Hirsch genuine leather strap, generic gold plated buckle
Some background information
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.