Rare Seamaster Deville Prototype Watch

One of the joys of hosting this blog is the correspondence I receive from owners and collectors around the world.  And the biggest thrill of all is when someone shares information on an Omega Ive never seen before or heard of.

Click here for an essay on one of the most unusual and uncommon Seamaster De Villes Ive ever encountered - a limited production exhibition case back model that was produced around the same time as the U.S. Seamaster De Ville monocoques. 

The essay is best read in conjunction with another essay I wrote on calibre 560 Seamaster rarities.

My sincere thanks to Richard for taking the pics of his special De Ville

Enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. john dozier5:46 am

    Wyler was using display backs in the late 50s. My very first watch in 1960 was a display back Wyler. I have recently acquired another one, still ticking away after almost fifty years. Omega was not the only producer of fine watches at that time.

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  2. Thanks John for your comment.

    Agreed that they were some excellent manfucatures in the 50s and 60s.

    Love to see a pic of your watch.

    Cheers

    Desmond

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  3. Excellent articles Desmond. Thank you for sharing this with us...

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  4. Marc L3:52 pm

    Super interesting post! I bought a pristine example of one of these 5 yrs ago at a local auction (Omaha, NE, USA) and I've always wondered what to make of it....I figured something would eventually turn up on it. Mine appears to be identical in every way except that it has markers all the way around, no numbers. To your knowledge have any more of these turned up?

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  5. good idea to send me a pic and I'll take a look. reverse side too if you like. Just click on the email click through in the about me section.

    Cheers

    Desmond

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  6. Jodster NZ6:59 pm

    Good lord, how amazing to find this post. Briefly I purchased some OMEGA autos about 1999 from the US. I am in New Zealand. At the same time I purchased an awesome Constellation PiePan - so the first watches were relegated to the desk draw. Recently, I retreved them and sold the "Gold" one locally for a very reasonable price, just wanting to find it a good home. The buyer returned the watch for a refund, because it was not suitable for him. So I decided to take a closer look at the watch. It is a 560 movement, which I didn't recognize so I "googled" and found your article.
    Mine is the "generic" kind with stainless steel screwback, with the words "10KGF bezel". The face is different than those mentioned in your article however. I will try to email pictures for your interest.

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  7. Yes please do, and if you have a pic of the inner case back, love to see that too.

    You can email me by clicking on the About Me icon on the RH column.

    Cheers and thanks for your post.

    Cheers

    Desmond

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  8. Hey Desmond:
    I've picked up one of these 560 display back prototypes in really good nick. I'll take some photos and send them to you as soon as I can. Briefly - frosted dial, Seamaster DeVille, numbers at 12, 6 and 9. 560 movement serial 21277844
    Cheers
    Paul

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  9. Great!

    Love to see the pics.

    Cheers

    desmond

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  10. Hi Desmond,

    As I was doing some research on my Seamaster with cal.560 I found your essay.
    Thanks for publishing as it was very informative.
    If you are still working on this research project you can find the photos of my Seamaster via this link https://plus.google.com/photos/118322875512576170557/albums/5728699805080210177?authkey=CNTn_f2P2PLQkgE

    Cheers
    Hans

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  11. Anonymous4:36 am

    Where can I find a value for the Seamaster Kleerback? All my searching has not turned up one value. A friend of mine has one that his uncle gave him many years ago. He did not know how rare it was until I told him. Any thoughts? It runs. Needs cleaning/service. In nice shape.

    Thanks,

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  12. The reason why values are hard to establish is because few Kleerbacks have sold on the open market in quite a few years. The last one to sell on eBay, from memory, sold for around 1200 USD, but that was in very good condition - sharp case, excellent dial.

    Cheers

    Desmond

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  13. I just bought a "kleerback". How do we know if it's one of the rarer, original models? Is there a serial number list? Or, a way to tell?
    This one is adjusted 2 positions, has a 21 million serial.

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    1. all kleerbacks are uncommon, because they didnt seem to take off, given the extra money that was being charged for them.

      Import thing is for the dial to be original and the case to be sharp.

      Cheers

      Desmond

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  14. Desmond,

    We recently discovered my Grandfather's Seamaster. From comparing photographs on the Omega website I think it is 1948 or 1947 vintage. It still works so I have put it into the local dealer for service. they have suggested returning it to Omega for refurbishment. Do you have any advice on the extent of refurbishment I should allow?
    Thanks
    Ian

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    1. Hi Ian,

      Take some pics of the watch and attach them to an email to me. My email address is found by clicking on the about me (rh column) and then clicking through to email.

      I would be very wary about sending the watch to Omega in Bienne. IT will be very expensive and maybe not as sympathetic to the original as you would desire. Basically Omega refurbishes rather than restores vintage pieces.

      I'll be able to advise you better with soe pics. If you can get some of the movement and inner case back that would be ideal.

      Cheers

      Desmond

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