In 1999, Omega introduced their Co-Axial escapement (by using a modified ETA 2892-A2 movement) in their De Ville swiss replica watches. Three pieces, all limited to 999 pieces and with an awesome pie-pan shaped dial and brick bracelet. An interesting nod to those early Constellation chronometers if you’d ask me. In any case, after another couple of years (2007) Omega also introduced the caliber 8500 Co-Axial movement in their De Ville watch, the Hour Vision.
One of the best surprises of BaselWorld this year was definitely the Omega De Ville Trésor with its Master Co-Axial caliber 8511 hand-wound movement. Available in white gold, yellow gold and Sedna gold (red).
Although we know Omega replica especially for their sports watches in the current collection, their De Ville and Constellation line-up is important as well. These classic looking collection have quite a history and one could say that the Constellation was at one point the flagship of the brand. However, the Constellation took a different course since 1982 with their ‘Manhattan’ design and the De Ville was until 1999 a toned down collection with a lot of dress cheap swiss fake watches.
This 40mm watch measures only 10.6mm in height, which is not the thinnest hand-wound watch, but given that it has a date complication and an extra timezone function it is remarkably thin. Also, the crystal is nicely domed as they used to be in those 1940s and 1950s. The date aperture is located at 6 o’clock, like they did with some of their 1950s Seamaster Calendar watches. I love those so I was happily surprised they also put the date at 6 o’clock with this new Omega De Ville Trésor watch.
However, one of the most amazing optical features is of course the dial of this watch. The silvery opaline dial with its ‘Clous de Paris’ pattern is simply breath taking. Add the domed gold indices and the domed crystal with anti-reflection coating on both sides and it will give you the impression you are looking at a museum piece from Omega in Bienne. My watch maker – who has a weak spot for vintage Constellation swiss fake watches – often complains to me that watch manufacturers don’t make dials like that anymore. Well, Omega just did.
The price of this Omega De Ville Trésor in gold is € 10,310 Euro (including 21% VAT) here in The Netherlands. For a gold dress watch with in-house movement with a finish and look & feel like this, I’d say it is an expensive cheap copy watch but certainly not over priced compared to some of its competition in this league.