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Omega De Ville Hour Vision Watch

For more than 150 years, Omega has manufactured fine watches at reasonable prices. Reportedly named after the final letter in the Greek alphabet (so as to declare itself the last word on watches), Omega's excellent reputation has never wavered. The company has been the timekeeper for twenty-two Olympic games; its Speedmaster model was worn on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin; and, more recently, its Seamaster watch was sported by James Bond in Casino Royale.

One of Omega's selling points is the number of awards it has won for its timekeeping abilities. Being able to say that a watch is a COSC-certified chronometer means that it has passed many difficult tests for timing over a range of positions. Few watches achieve this level of accuracy.

This particular watch, in Omega's new Hour Vision line, is not only COSC-certified but also innovative, as evidenced by its coaxial escapement, a technological invention by the English watchmaking master George Daniel that reduces internal friction in the movement and requires less service. The De Ville is strong enough to be a sports watch and attractive enough to be a dress watch; although large, it fits easily on the wrist and offers a see-through back to display the Omega-made movement in action.

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Omega De Ville Hour Vision
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11 mm
Case: Steel
Movement: Automatic
Price: $5,780
Contact: 800-766-6342; omegawatches.com

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