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Omega De Ville Model Ref: ST 165.0020 Cal. 552 c.1968 - With Original Omega Boxes and Guarantee Booklet


1968 (But originally sold in 1971) A fantastic vintage and rare (Grey Dial), Omega Seamaster De Ville Dress Watch Reference ST 165.0020.

This watch is a stunning one owner example bought directly from the original owners family with it's original inner and outer Omega boxes and the original warranty booklet confirming the watch was sold new in May 1971 by SE London jewellers H. Harris. The movement serial of 26 million however suggests it was manufactured around 1968. An amazing and well preserved find!

The Seamaster Deville was an icon of the 1960s, defining a new trend of more refined, minimal design as a symbol of class. It was preferred over the contemporary tool and divers’ watches for its delicate, straight lugs, parallel brushing over the dial and a darker face – unconventional at the time, though ended up contributing to the watch’s status as a new chapter in stylish dressing up of stainless steel timepieces.

The watch’s popularity has seen a recent resurgence thanks to the popular American TV series, Mad Men. The protagonist Don Draper, a charismatic and wealthy business magnate, wears the Seamaster De Ville. The costume team of this show took the watch selection seriously, opting for a series of similar period-correct watches which were the refined pinnacles of their time.

Contrasting textures across the dial; intricate brushing across the dial straddling solid gold baton markers, minimal placement of hour numbers- only at 12 and 6. Subtle ‘Seamaster – De Ville’ lettering above the 6 o’clock marker. Even the font on ‘De Ville’ says volumes – the minimal aesthetic achieved across the rest of the watch is most visible here.

As we have already said a stunning Omega Seamaster De Ville in excellent condition for a watch of its age: almost no immediately visible signs of wear. The case, dial (A very rare grey dial that we hardly ever see) and hands are in particularly good condition, no obviously visible scratching along the edges or lugs. Very, very minor marks on edges of the case back. But nothing that you would notice particularly with the naked eye! A very sharp and crisp raised Hippocampus on the one piece case back.

For information on watches worn by Don Draper during ‘Mad Men’, see the following article:

  • Model ref: ST 165.0020
  • Year: 1968
  • Warranty length: 12 Months
  • Box and papers: Yes both boxes and warranty
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Automatic, Cal. 552
  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Dial: Grey
  • Crystal: Plexiglas
  • Bracelet: Black Leather Strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 34.5mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 40mm
  • Lug width: 18mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable