Today's offering showcases this fabulous avante-garde "Emerald" De Ville watch, inspired by the designs that Andrew Grima created for Omega and introduced in 1971. Our photos couldn't do it justice.
"Grima, who was arguably his generation's foremost jeweler, counted Queen Elisabeth II among his clients. The Emerald line is distinguished by the generous proportions of its emerald-cut crystals of precious stone, quartz or mineral glass.
Initially, the pieces were reserved for the top of the Constellation range but as the Emerald line was extended, they were increasingly seen in the De Ville line.. The Emerald line was only produced at OMEGA until 1973 but it left a lasting impression. Though a lost line at OMEGA these watches remain a "Premiere" collection today showing just how good the design was." - via Omega Museum.
Its emerald cut crystal protects its distinctive dial. The bracelet has an interesting functional design that allows it to be freely sized and worn at any desired length without fixed increments.
It has all of its original parts down to the original hands and winding crown. It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents in stunning condition.
The case presents as mint. Originally, the case top on this watch would have been gold plated, although Omega also made these watches in all steel.
The royal blue dial has been meticulously restored - the printing could pass as Omega factory done to the naked eye. Its color is a deep rich true royal blue.
As part of the restoration the fine original ultra thin Omega movement has just been serviced by a Master Watchmaker. It is running very accurately.
For the finishing touch we have carefully detailed it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity. Please inquire if you would like pictures of the inside.
Mr. Grima was honoured with an impressive array of prizes including twelve Diamonds-International Awards. He was the first jeweller to win the Queen's Award for Export in 1966 and is the only jeweller to have won the Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Elegant Design. In 1970, at about the same time he was designing for Omega he was appointed jeweller to Her Majesty the Queen. He was commissioned by Omega to create a highly aesthetic avant-garde collection. Grima was given a free hand and chose to stick to one principle: he would create the watch around the dial, no matter what its form or dimension.
His work is carried on by his wife and daughter. The Grima website can be found here
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 36,576,460
Year made: c. 1972 - the Emerald line was only made from 1971 until 1973
Model: De Ville, Ref. MD 511.447 / 711.1803
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (inside): Omega Watch Co., Swiss Made, Lunette Plaque or G 20 Micros, Acier Inoxydable, 511.447
Case condition: Presents as mint - top would originally have been gold plated, although Emerald watches were also made in all steel.
Dimensions: 32mm wide (excluding crown - 34mm including), 24mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Signed Omega, royal blue, painted half-crosshair indices at the primary hours, expertly restored. Its color is a deep rich true royal blue - our photos couldn't do it justice.
Hands: Steel, batons topped with white, original
Movement type: Caliber 625, "extra flat", copper colored, manually wound, 17 jewels, shock resistant
Band: Original Omega "Polonais" bracelet, stainless steel, interesting functional design that allows it to be freely sized and worn at any desired length without fixed increments up to approximately 7.3 inches. Presents as just short of mint
Crystal: Mint condition
Serviced: Yes, freshly serviced by a Master Watchmaker.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and also has done authorized work for the Richemont brands including Cartier, Vacheron & Constantin, IWC, JLC and others.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
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Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.