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.