Omega Dynamic DeVille Ref. 166.145 “Bowling ball”

Here we have some real seventies cool! A square-cased Omega with an integrated strap and a mesmerizing dial.

We have dubbed this watch “Bowling ball” because of the dial. The blue lacquered dial has developed a unique marbled patina, very similar to the aesthetic of a cured resin bowling ball. It is a very beautiful look with a true sense of depth to it.

The watch features an integrated strap. We have paired it with an original, new old stock example in faux blue suede, almost velour, including the original Omega folding clasp. Note that you can only fit this original style strap, so you need to source these if you want to exchange the strap later on.

If you are looking for a seventies throw-back, here is your watch!

 1.750

Availability: In stock

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Brand

Omega

Model

Reference

166145

Year of production (circa)

1973

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Blue

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

39 x 39 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Leather

Buckle/clasp

Original steel folding clasp

Lug Width

Integrated strap

Set Content

Watch only

Details
Brand Omega
Diameter 39 x 39 mm
Model Dynamic De Ville
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Reference 166145
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1973
Lug Width Integrated strap
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Blue
Movement Automatic
Backstory

Omega is located in Bienne, Switzerland. Still, many Omega watches feature a Geneve mark on the dial. This oddity was introduced in 1953, as a nod to the accuracy records set by the manufacture at the Geneva Observatory.

The Geneve designation was added to watches that were more accessibly priced and produced in large quantities from 1967 onwards. While some Omegas are only labeled Geneve, the name was often added to other collections, such as the Dynamic range. As such, it is not technically a collection like the Speedmaster or the Constellation, but rather a designation of a focus on competitive pricing and a younger audience.

The label was dropped in 1979, although at that point it made up over 60% of Omega’s total annual sales.

A prime example of a line within the Geneve category is the Dynamic, launched in 1967. A design by Raymond Thévenaz that was a radical departure from what came before. The early Dynamics featured unique elliptical cases, with round dials and no lugs. A screw-ring on the back offered a unique way of switching straps and bracelets.

These monocoque cases did not feature a separate case back and watchmakers had to access them dial-side, by removing the crown and popping off the crystal with a burst of air into the crown-tube.

Around the start of the 1970’s, the Dynamic collection was moved from the Geneve category into the De Ville range. This is why you will find variants labeled Geneve Dynamic as well as De Ville Dynamic. Just in case you were wondering “Is it me or are Omega collections a bit confusing?” No worries. It is not you. It is Omega. There is even a super-funky Seamaster Dynamic from the 1980’s, if you are looking for something out of the ordinary.

The Dynamic range would continue to be a playground for radical designs that would look out of place in more conservative collections.

As with most Omega ranges, both the Geneve and the Dynamic can be found in tons of different executions and varieties. These two ranges specifically, harbor some real high-value gems as prices have not sky-rocketed like on some other collections.

Shipping
Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
We do our best to handle packages as soon as possible. This could take a max. of 3 working days. Note that the delivery times commence the day of dispatch.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes, local duties and taxes, and items that are lost in transit. 
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