MADE: 1969

MATERIAL: Stainless Steel

MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical



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.

The Chronostop model, released in 1966, was intended as a more youthful style with a simplified ‘press and release’ chronograph function where the start, stop and reset are all controlled using one button.
This particular model was produced exclusively for De Marchi, OMEGA’s main agent in Italy.

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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