MADE: 1969

MATERIAL: Stainless Steel

MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical



Evolving from the first pocket chronographs developed by the Brandt brothers in 1885, the early series production OMEGA chronographs fitted with 19’’’ CHRO calibre in 1898, those to measure the distance of a lightning strike, the speed of a bullet, the lap of an Olympic athlete or to aid such great men as Thomas Edward Lawrence- better known as Lawrence of Arabia, OMEGA has a long and well established history in the production and development of fine chronograph timepieces.

Initially used to describe a Seamaster model with monocoque case (a case that cannot be opened from the back, but rather by removing the bezel and glass), the De Ville became a line of watches in its own right in 1967.
The monocoque case allowed designers to create a range of watches that were finer than their ‘older sister’ the Seamaster. Designers were also able to create a range that was far more expressive and experimental with a name that evoked sophistication and luxury.

World History

- The lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the Moon at 10:56 pm ET (02:56 UTC July 21), the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time.

- Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.

- The Beatles at 11:30 on the 8th of August have photographer Iain Macmillan take their photo on a zebra crossing on Abbey Road.


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