SOLD- 1972 Omega De Ville Chronograph Blue Dial Ref. 145.017
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The Omega De Ville Chronographs from this period offer something a little different to the traditional Speedmaster or Seamaster watches and were produced in far fewer numbers. Their refined case design together with some rare and wonderful dial variations is what appeals to collectors more widely of 60s/70s chronographs in general, similar to those made by Heuer. This example being a reference 145.017 with blue dial is one of the rarer versions. The blue dials were susceptible to ageing with some of them turning fully tropical. This example has some slight ageing but remains in very good condition. It features the original luminous inlaid white hands matching with the white batons on the dial which is surrounded by a tachymetre scale used for measuring speed. The brushed finish of the dial reflects the light in different ways which is very eye catching.
The 35mm case is in good unpolished condition with some fairly deep scratches on the case back from previous opening. The crown and pushers appear original. The manual wind calibre 860 double register chronograph movement is clean, fully functioning and keeping excellent time. The movement number 27.7xx.xxx corresponds to the Omega Archive Extract. The watch is complimented by a vintage Omega themed corduroy strap and period Omega pin buckle.
The watch is accompanied by a recent Omega Archive Extract confirming the delivery of the watch to Germany in October 1972. This was the year of the Munich Summer Olympics and although Longines were the official sponsor we have pictured the watch resting on a more recent Omega Olympic shop display prop in the form of a track starting block (not sold with the watch).
De Ville Chronograph
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