Aficionados of vintage Omega chronographs already know the Omega Speedmaster. The history, the lore, the fact that it went to the moon. Its reputation is such that Omega's chronograph offerings in its other lines are often overlooked--undeservedly, because while these other chronographs might not have the reputation of the Speedmaster, they are just as thoughtfully-crafted and deserving of attention as their more famous cousin.
In the De Ville line, introduced in 1960, Omega combined the water-resistant case of the Seamaster line with high-grade movements often used in other references. However, the cases of the De Ville line--in any metal--were thinner and more elegant than their sportier contemporaries. In such a way, elegance was not substituted for functionality--the De Ville could be worn with a suit and not lose any of its water resistance.
The Reference 145.017 De Ville Chronograph was released in 1968. It came in a variety of dial colors--from silver, to blue, to grey sunburst, as pictured here. The hallmark of this reference is its twin chronograph registers, here stark white with red numerals in the seconds counter and black in the minutes counter.
The movement in this Reference is the Caliber .860, Omega's predecessor to the fabled Caliber .861 used in the Speedmaster Reference 145.022. Unlike the Caliber .861, the Caliber .860 lacked an hour counter, giving the dial its distinctive twin subsidiary register layout. Also, Omega only produced 10,000 of these pieces--compared to the 300,000+ watches with the Caliber .861--making the Reference 145.017 quite rare indeed.
With its sharp beveled lugs and a dial that's a quirky play on the "reverse panda" that's so appealing with collectors nowadays, the Reference 145.017 is a sure winner. And this particular example is an even rarer find: it comes complete with an original rice bead bracelet, inner and outer boxes, even its original purchase receipt! The notion of "time capsules"--that is, a watch where its condition is outstanding and its history and provenance are known--is incredibly rare and desirable in today's vintage market, and we're pleased to be able to offer this incredible example here.
Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown and pushers). Omega Reference 145.017. Omega Caliber 860 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa late 1960s.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does show light signs of wear in keeping with its age. Dial is in excellent condition with no major blemishes or signs of discoloration. Luminescent material of the hour plots and hands have aged to a fine even patina. Omega signed crown. Case back has some slight signs of wear in keeping with its age.
Includes one 18mm steel beads of rice bracelet (144/56) with signed Omega clasp in very good condition.
Also includes inner and outer boxes, original purchase receipt, books, papers, and service paperwork from May 2016.