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Vintage Omega Seamaster De Ville white dial in 14k gold filled 166.020/KM6292 from 1960s

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Introducing a true horological treasure from the 1960s, the Vintage Omega Seamaster De Ville Dial in a 14k Gold filled case 166.020/KM6292, or its US case reference, a rare and distinguished timepiece that captures the essence of Omega’s rich racing heritage.

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Description

The Omega Seamaster De Ville 166.020/KM6292 from the 1960s epitomizes the elegance and precision that defined Omega’s watchmaking during this golden era. This particular model, with its pristine white dial and luxurious 14k gold-filled case, captures the essence of mid-20th-century sophistication, making it a coveted piece for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Timeless Design

The white dial of the Seamaster De Ville is a study in understated elegance. The clean, uncluttered face features thin, applied gold indices that catch the light subtly, ensuring legibility while adding a touch of refinement. The simple yet elegant design is punctuated by the signature Omega logo at 12 o’clock and the ‘Seamaster De Ville’ inscription above the 6 o’clock marker, both rendered in delicate gold lettering.

The hands, also in gold, sweep gracefully across the dial, maintaining a perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. A date window at 3 o’clock provides practicality without disrupting the harmonious design, showcasing Omega’s attention to detail and commitment to user-friendly features

14k Gold-Filled Case

Encasing this elegant dial is a 14k gold-filled case, measuring a classic 34mm in diameter. The gold-filled process involves a thick layer of gold mechanically bonded to a base metal, ensuring a durable and lustrous finish that stands the test of time. This method provides the look and feel of solid gold without the associated cost, making it an accessible luxury for many during the 1960s.

The case design features smooth, flowing lines with gently curved lugs that complement the overall aesthetic. The gold case back is engraved with the iconic Seamaster logo, a hippocampus, symbolizing the watch’s roots in water resistance and durability, traits that have defined the Seamaster line since its inception.

Movement and Mechanism

Powering the Seamaster De Ville 166.020/KM6292 is the robust Omega caliber 565, an automatic movement known for its reliability and precision. This movement, with its 24 jewels and 19,800 vibrations per hour, ensures accurate timekeeping and a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. The inclusion of the quickset date function further exemplifies Omega’s innovative spirit and commitment to enhancing user experience.

Historical Context and Collectibility

The Seamaster De Ville emerged during a period when Omega was solidifying its reputation as a leader in both design and technical prowess. The De Ville line, initially part of the Seamaster collection, later became a standalone series due to its popularity and distinctive style. The 166.020/KM6292 model reflects the transitional design ethos of the 1960s, blending the rugged reliability of the Seamaster with the refined elegance of the De Ville.

For collectors, this model represents a significant chapter in Omega’s history. Its 14k gold-filled case, combined with the timeless white dial and reputable caliber 565 movement, makes it a standout piece. The watch not only serves as a functional timekeeper but also as a piece of art that captures the aesthetic and technological advancements of its time.

Conclusion

The Vintage Omega Seamaster De Ville 166.020/KM6292 from the 1960s is a quintessential example of Omega’s dedication to excellence. Its harmonious blend of elegant design, reliable performance, and historical significance make it a prized possession for any watch aficionado. Owning this watch is not just about telling time; it’s about embracing a legacy of craftsmanship and innovation that continues to inspire and captivate.

What we love:

  • Pristine condition 14k gold filled case for the American Market
  • Wonderful white dial

What you should know:

  • Unless otherwise stated, it is common for vintage watches to not come with box and papers. In the rare example that a watch does come with box and papers it will be mentioned in the description. All purchases come with a bespoke black wooden watch box and warranty card.

Additional information

Brand

Omega

Caliber

563

Case Diameter

34 mm

Case Material

14K Solid Gold, Gold filled

Dial Color

White

Movement Type

Automatic

Reference

166.020

Time Period

1960-1969

Dial

Factory Original