My third Omega ! De Ville 1968

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My third Omega ! De Ville 1968

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Whilst on holiday in Venice I visited a great vintage watch shop that has been there for generations, Frollo.
Nice variety of watches including two Rolex Explorer 2's and some gorgeous vintage Omega.
Lovely pie pan dial one caught my eye but sadly not my wallet but it was great to see and handle it.

As we were about to leave Venice, I went on eBay and looked up my usual listings for vintage Omega and spotted a lovely De Ville in Germany.
This is ideal as it's EU there would be no duties etc to myself in Ireland.
The auction would finish whilst I was on the plane home so I wouldn't know if I won it or not till I landed.

I arrived in Dublin airport before 11pm and was not looking forward to the 2.5 hour drive home to Cork.
I turned back on my phone and lots of bells went off, I Won it ! :D

It's a 1968 Omega De Ville, reference 166.029
Gold plated, which is worn but I like the patina look.
565 automatic movement with 24 jewels.
Running very well and importantly an original dial that is in superb condition 8)
34mm which as some of you know is well outside my comfort zone but as it's vintage I'll allow it ;)

It was running about -14 or so but with a very good amplitude and next to no beat error.
After a tiny regulation it's now running about 0 to +1 a day dial up :thumbup: 8)

It came on a new brown padded strap which is incredibly uncomfortable so that came straight off it. It was also the wrong size, 18mm as it should be 19mm.
I 'borrowed' a black 19mm leather strap from one of Louise's CW ladies watches as most of them are also 19mm.

There is a very nice and special strap being made currently for the watch though :thumbup:

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:thumbup: That is one classy watch, Ferg. What a great memory of Venice!
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Ruddy gorgeous. Your collection is maturing in such a nice way.
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Well that's very lovely- and regulated yourself must be so satisfying. The dial is really very special :thumbup:
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That’s a great watch Ferg. I must say you’re a braver man than me buying a vintage watch from eBay, unless it was from a reputable dealer.
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Great choice.
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iain wrote: Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:03 am That’s a great watch Ferg. I must say you’re a braver man than me buying a vintage watch from eBay, unless it was from a reputable dealer.
A private seller, but I 'bought' the seller and had a good feeling about it.
Certainly a chance but it worked out :thumbup:
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I noticed some days ago that there was some foreign body loose around the dial on my newly acquired Vintage Omega De Ville.
It was there and then it was gone and it would reappear in a different part of the dial a few days later.
It was bugging me and also I was worried that it would stop the hands or go into the date mechanism etc.

So......... I did some research, as CW are always telling us to do.......!
I set about removing the movement from the case, something I have never done even on a quartz watch :shock:

I removed the crown and the two movement clamps and screws and out it came.
The foreign body was there sitting on the inside of the crystal. Potentially it might be a piece of a lume from one of the indices but I'm unsure.
There were also some dust particles etc on the dial, tiny but there.
Very very carefully I very lightly just moved a clean watch cloth over the dial, avoiding any contact with the hands etc and then gave the inside of the crystal a good clean also.
I blew some air lightly on the dial and inside of the crystal again before reassembly and did a quick check and then popped the crown in 50% of the way and then set about reattaching the movement clamps and the incredibly tiny screws which took some time.
Once done I reattached the crown correctly and checked it all over again and checked the full workings of the crown including the quick set date.

All good :D

I've ordered some polywatch to take away some light scratches on the outside of the crystal but in fairness it's in good order anyway.

Delighted I did it myself and that I took my time, did my research and did it correctly.

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MiniMpi wrote: Mon Apr 08, 2024 4:23 pm I noticed some days ago that there was some foreign body loose around the dial on my newly acquired Vintage Omega De Ville.
It was there and then it was gone and it would reappear in a different part of the dial a few days later.
It was bugging me and also I was worried that it would stop the hands or go into the date mechanism etc.

So......... I did some research, as CW are always telling us to do.......!
I set about removing the movement from the case, something I have never done even on a quartz watch :shock:

I removed the crown and the two movement clamps and screws and out it came.
The foreign body was there sitting on the inside of the crystal. Potentially it might be a piece of a lume from one of the indices but I'm unsure.
There were also some dust particles etc on the dial, tiny but there.
Very very carefully I very lightly just moved a clean watch cloth over the dial, avoiding any contact with the hands etc and then gave the inside of the crystal a good clean also.
I blew some air lightly on the dial and inside of the crystal again before reassembly and did a quick check and then popped the crown in 50% of the way and then set about reattaching the movement clamps and the incredibly tiny screws which took some time.
Once done I reattached the crown correctly and checked it all over again and checked the full workings of the crown including the quick set date.

All good :D

I've ordered some polywatch to take away some light scratches on the outside of the crystal but in fairness it's in good order anyway.

Delighted I did it myself and that I took my time, did my research and did it correctly.

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Time to get a few blocks of Rodico! Perfect for that kind of work. Well done! :thumbup:
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@rkovars Cheers buddy.
Yes I'll have to invest in some stuff for sure :thumbup:
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grats! my 1969 deville says "hi."

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@gwells That is gorgeous !! 8)
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thanks! 45 years of wabi created by my grandfather, then my father. it was my grandfather's retirement watch and it was a daily wearer for both of them.
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gwells wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2024 8:02 pm thanks! 45 years of wabi created by my grandfather, then my father. it was my grandfather's retirement watch and it was a daily wearer for both of them.
That's such a fantastic story to have !
A keeper for sure my friend :thumbup:
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Congratulations, Ferg! That’s a beautiful watch.
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