Today's offering showcases this fabulous avante-garde "Emerald" DeVille watch, inspired by the designs that Andrew Grima created for Omega and introduced in 1971.
"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. It presents in gorgeous restored condition.
The case presents as mint. The case top would originally have been gold plated, although they also made these watches in an all steel version that looked like this watch.
The Tiffany & Co. robin's egg blue dial has had a true expertly done custom refinishing - the printing could pass as Omega factory done to the naked eye.
Originally a mens watch, it could also be worn as a ladies watch that really makes a statement.
As part of the meticulous restoration the fine original ultra thin Omega movement, adjusted to two positions, has just been serviced by a Master Watchmaker.
It continues to keep time virtually on par with a new Omega in our testing position.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new calfskin strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
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, and the Grima website can be found here
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 35,998,604
Year made: c. 1973 - the Emerald line was only made from 1971 until 1973
Model: De Ville, Ref. MD 511.0379
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (inside): Omega Watch Co., Swiss Made, Lunette Plaque or G 20 Micros, Fond Acier Inoxydable, 511.0379
Case condition: Presents as mint with light signs of previous polishing - the top would originally have been gold plated, although Emerald watches like this were also often made in steel.
Dimensions: 32mm wide (excluding crown - 34mm including), 32mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Signed Omega, original, Tiffany robin's egg blue/turquoise, painted indices and half cross-hairs, meticulously custom refinished
Hands: Original, blackened steel batons
Movement type: Caliber 625, "extra flat", copper colored, manually wound, 17 jewels, shock resistant
Band: Calfskin leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal: Original, excellent condition with one small pin prick at the bottom by 7
Serviced: As part of the meticulous restoration the fine original ultra thin Omega movement, adjusted to two positions, has just been serviced by a Master Watchmaker.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It contines to keep time virtually on par with a new Omega in our testing position. 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 experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
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; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
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shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
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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.