With a well-proportioned 35 x 40mm design, the Omega Seamaster DeVille’s Replica Watches of the late 60’s are, in my view, some of the most eye-pleasing chronographs ever made. They wear larger than their size would suggest and this, plus their fantastic looks, have kept these watches rare and relatively expensive. With no-nonsense Singer dials featuring basic applied baton hour markers, lume pips, an applied “old style” Omega logo, and simple lumed hands, there’s more than a passing resemblance to some big name chronographs that now cost as much as 10X.
Made in either stainless steel or with a gold-plated case, the Swiss Made Omega Replica Watches were available with quite a few dial variants. White, gold, dark blue, and grey are likely just some of the options. Then, there are models without a tachymeter track, and confusingly, there are models with DeVille, Seamaster, or both names on the dial.
The Omega DeVille 145.018 you see on these pages has a dark grey dial that takes on a number of hues depending on the lighting. At times, it turns blue and other times a steely lighter grey. But while the dominant color of the dial is worth the mention, it’s the sub registers that make the headlines here. They’re white with ridges like most Singer-dialed pieces of the era, but that’s not the significant detail; it’s the font. With one register’s font in green, one in red, and one in black, the Fake Omega Watches DeVille throws a real changeup to an otherwise serious dial.No one really knows why Omega chose to use these colors, but theories seem to center around the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics where the brand was the official timer.
Some other details about the Omega DeVille 145.018… Interestingly, the dial contains the old style Omega logo, as does the center of the crystal when viewed at an angle. However, every crown I’ve seen on one of these watches strangely contains the newer logo. Perhaps this was due to the transition period from old to new at Omega Copy Watches in the 1968-1969 period, but it’s one of the few Omegas I’ve seen where the logo isn’t consistent throughout the watch.
I tend to have a tough time sizing Omega’s bracelets from this era as the links often taper out to the point that they no longer fit under the clasp, but that’s not the case here. Many examples of the Omega Replica Watches and its 145.017 brethren are well shown on a strap, but when a bracelet is this comfortable why not use it?
We often talk about how the Speedmaster gets all the love when it comes to vintage Omega chronographs, but there are plenty of excellent pieces aside from the Professional Moonwatch. This Omega DeVille 145.018 is just one good example. Next time you’re at a watch shop or a GTG, slip one on your wrist – you might just be surprised by how well it wears.