The De Ville was first launched as a subset of the Seamaster line, and was later spun off into its own collection in 1967. Designed not in Omega headquarters in Bienne but in Geneva, the De Ville was meant to be an urban watch and an alternative to the brand’s sportier models. Plenty of different designs were released over the years — both Seamaster variants and stand-alone models — and as these models weren’t among the brand’s high-end offerings to begin with, you can often find great deals on them today. (Just keep in mind that any vintage watch you nab for cheap on, say, eBay, will likely need a service.)
Omega made so damn many Seamasters, in so many dial and case configurations, that you’d be hard pressed to ever chance upon the same reference twice. Most are that charming 34mm size, which, contrary to what some folks might have you believe, you can indeed “get away with.” The best part? They all have in-house Omega movements, wonderful dial designs, and they’re affordable. Like, several hundred dollars-affordable (if you’re willing to take on the cost of a possible service) or sub-$1k to $3k for a piece from a reputable dealer — even in precious metals. Just beware of redials, as there are many of those floating around the ‘net.
The new chronograph from the Bienne-based watchmaker, born for skimming through water and dominating ocean depths, blends three different materials on its case and bracelet.
The link which connects the aquatic realm to Omega dates back to the 1930s. It was, in fact, in 1932 that the Bienne-based watchmaker imagined the Omega Marine, its 1st waterproof watch tested to depths of 73 m in Lake Geneva. In 1957, it was the Seamaster 300’s turn to see the light of day, followed by the Seamaster Professional 300M in 1993 and, finally, the Seamaster Planet Ocean in 2005. No need to tell you that it’s much more than a simple connection, it’s a real love affair which pursues its route today in particular with the introduction of the waterproof fake Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph.
To create this 44 mm-diameter watch, perfect replica Omega blended three different materials: SednaTM gold – an alloy which combines around 75% of gold and 25% of copper and palladium and offers an intense, long-lasting russet hue – for the unidirectional rotating bezel, the crown and the pushers, titanium – well-known for its lightness, its soundness, its corrosion-resistance and its gray color – for the caseband, and tantalum – a heavy, biocompatible transition metal with blue glints, which the brand has used since 1993 – for the bezel base and the central links of the bracelet.
On the blue ceramic dial decorated with a laser-engraved wave pattern, the luminescent, golden sword-shaped hands display the running hours and minutes whilst the seconds tick by in one of the chamfered counters at 9 o’clock. A direct drive tipped with a dot marks the chronograph seconds and powers the totalizer at 3 o’clock which groups together the minutes and hours. The ensemble is driven by the Master Chronometer-certified Swiss movement Omega 9900 automatic caliber which delivers a power reserve of 60 hours