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Omega De Ville Chronograph Ref. 146.017

$3,795

Pre-owned Omega 35mm De Ville Chronograph, Silver Dial, Leather Strap (cal. 930) Ref. 146.017

This is an unusual reference Omega chronograph in very good condition.  The case shape is similar to straight lug Seamasters, but the dial configuration is what makes it unusual.  When Omega used this caliber 930 (based on the caliber 861) movement in this De Ville, the movement was turned, leaving the date at the 9 o’clock position.   The same movement was used in the Omega Bullhead model but the date appears as expected in the 3 or 6 o’clock location.  The dial on this watch is in excellent condition, showing a sunburst silver with sharp tachymeter scale around the perimeter.  There is an almost imperceptible dot between the 11 and 12 o’clock stick shaped hour markers, which is noticeable if you search the dial.  The baton hour and minute hands are the original matte black.

It’s been said that there were 10,000 units of this movement produced, including those in the more widely available bullhead model 146.011.  There are 6 known versions of this De Ville, three with stainless steel cases and black, silver and blue dials.  The other three are gold filed with gold, silver or white dials.  Of the variations, this gold/silver combination seems to be the lessor seen combination.  The watch was recently serviced, with a change in crown.  This reference usually generates two questions from watch fans, “is it real”, followed by “where can I get one?”  It is both real and available, although we may never see another.

Only 1 left in stock

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Additional information

Band Color

Brown

Band Material

Ostrich

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Band Type

Strap

Brand

Omega

Caliber

930

Case Material

Plated Stainless Steel

Case Size

35mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Complication

Date, Chronograph

Crystal Material

Acrylic

Dial Color

Silver

Movement

Manual Wind Mechanical

Size

35mm – 39mm

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0004978
Model #146.017
Model NameDe Ville Chronograph

Description

Omega is one of the world’s most recognizable luxury watch brands.  Although founded in 1848, the company did not become known as Omega until 1894, when the company took the name of its highly successful new watch movement.  The revolutionary movement used a single crown for both winding and time setting.  Success followed success when in 1905, due to its commitment to accuracy, Omega became the official timekeeper for Swiss sporting events.  Later in 1932, Omega became the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games.  To mark Omega’s 100th year anniversary, Omega introduced the watch that would become one of the world’s most popular watches, the Seamaster.  While these are remarkable achievements, the watch that made Omega a legend among watchmakers was the Speedmaster, the only watch to survive the brutal NASA testing requirements and the only watch certified by NASA for use in Space.  It is no surprise that Omega watches are recognized today as spectacularly rugged tool watches hiding in a luxury watch.