A rare opportunity to buy a completely original watch, hardly ever worn and in amazing un-restored condition, It is an Omega Seamaster De Ville 14 carat gold filled gentlemans' automatic calendar wristwatch manufactured 51 years ago in 1968, running well and keeping time. It is fitted with an original vintage Omega genuine lizard calf strap fitted with an Omega buckle, the original near mint crystal is signed with the Omega symbol etched into the centre and the signed crown is original. The watch comes with its original inner and outer Omega boxes containing a small tag providing instructions about setting the date. This is a truly wonderful find. It is not often that a cherished watch that has spent most of its time carefully stored in a drawer comes up for sale. As with this one they are usually presentation watches. It has been in my personal collection for over three years, one of my favourites but I have decided to sell it to make way for new additions. My watchmaker removed the movement for me to photograph it as well as the inside of the case. He commented on the pristine condition of the movement. It looks just as it did when it came off the factory bench. He also took the opportunity to oil and adjust the movement for me.
Vintage Omega watches are now rapidly increasing in value. And when you look at the price of a new Omega watches, which in my opinion lack both the style, quality and robustness of vintage timepieces, it is little wonder why. They are currently less than a third of the price of a new model, should continue to run reliably for many years to come and the style is far superior in my view.
Dial: pristine factory original, finished in satin silver and signed "Omega Automatic Seamaster De Ville Swiss Made". Applied gold coloured batons mark the hours. The hands are in good shape and the signed crystal is clean and clear.
Case: 14 carat gold filled, hallmarked between the lugs at one end. The case is in excellent condition with crisp sharp edges and measures approximately 34 mm across, excluding the original signed crown and 41 mm from lug to lug. It is signed Omega on the inside of the back cover. There is a presentation engraving on the rear cover.
Movement: crisp and clean cal. 563 automatic movement with 17 jewels, freshly oiled and adjusted, running strongly and keeping time. The serial number dates the watch to 1968.
Strap: fitted with its original Omega genuine lizard calf strap, fitted with an Omega buckle. Attached to the watch it measures approximately 210 mm from buckle tip to last hole.
Boxes: original inner and outer boxes, both signed Omega. The inner box is in excellent condition with good hinges. The outer cardboard box, which is usually discarded has protected the inner box well and has light scuffs.