Jorge Merino Posts: N E W M o d e l &endash; Omega De Ville Rattrapante Co-Axial [Mar 29, 2005 - 09:25 AM]
Omega will present at Baselworld 2005 the new De Ville Co-Axial Rattrapante, with a revolutionary design inside and out.
The 41mm case comes in polished or brushed stainless steel with a matching polished or brushed stainless-steel bezel. The silver or ruthenium dial has applied Omega symbol and name, facetted hour markers, silver totalisers with applied Roman numerals for the chronograph function and a truncated sector date window at 11 o'clock, as well as an unusual small-seconds counter with two sectors.
The time is read off by luminous, facetted and diamond-polished Alpha hour and minute hands and a double-tipped small seconds hand. The split-seconds pusher has a varnished red circle that recalls the red zone at the tip of the split-seconds hand.
Movement is the Omega caliber 3612 with split-seconds chronograph complication.
This COSC-certified automatic movement is fitted with the unique Omega Co-Axial Escapement, has a power reserve of 52 hours and a double column-wheel mechanism.
Its luxury finish includes blued-steel screws and two blued-steel column wheels, as well as a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
It is water resistant to 100 metres and it is available with a black alligator leather strap.
Well, it certainly is revolutionary, that's for sure. This is a watch that would be much more at home in another brand's product portfolio.
Two main thoughts... 1) Lately whenever Omega does something revolutionary, it typically means customers spending a lot of time with After-Sales repairs and Customer Service. I certainly hope that Omega has done due dilligence this time around and will hopefully avoid some of the teething problems that owners of the Seamaster GMT and c.33xx based chronographs have (and in the case of the c.33xx continue to) suffer(ed). 2) I don't think NATO or NASA will seriously be considering this model for their pilots anytime soon!