Watch Review: Omega DeVille Hour Vision Annual Calendar

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual CalendarThe calendar is the most popular watch complication by far, and in WatchTime’s December 2010 issue, we reviewed a number of watches with various types of calendars. One of them was the Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar, which needs resetting just once per year. For our analysis and results, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel, click here.

On most calendar watches, the date display advances to “31” regardless of how many days are in the month. This means that at the ends of months having fewer than 31 days (five times a year), you must advance the date display manually to have the “1” displayed on the right day. An annual calendar reduces the number of annual adjustments to one. It advances correctly for every month having 30 or 31 days; the only month it can’t master is February, which, of course, has either 28 or 29 days. The annual calendar gets its name from its ability to run for an entire year without correction.

The Omega Hour Vision Annual Calendar has a very simple calendar display, consisting only of an oblong window. This contributes to the watch’s sporty-elegant character. The Omega is the only calendar watch of those we reviewed that does not have any subdials. Omega wanted to limit the number of displays on the dial, so it decided that in addition to the date it would show only the month, which you need to see in order to set the calendar.

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar

Happily, the date and month advance instantly and simultaneously. Our test piece accomplished this feat at two minutes past midnight, much quicker than all the other watches. Plus, the date and month can be quickly adjusted in the first extended crown position: you turn the crown clockwise to change the date and counterclockwise to change the month. It is very easy to set, given that annual calendars are more complicated than standard calendars. The crown-setting system also means the watch has no need for the obtrusive corrector pushers found on some other calendar watches. This is a plus for aesthetic reasons and also because it makes for greater water-resistance: 100 meters, the highest level of any of the watches we reviewed. However, the crown moves stiffly during manual winding. The watch has a hack mechanism that permits precise setting of the time.

 

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Comments

  1. Hugo says:

    Can I know this omega watch how much and how discount I can get,thanks

  2. EnglishmansComment says:

    Shame Omega don\'t make a day-date watch currently. I enjoy my gold plate 1980\'s Seamaster De Ville and a blue faced Cosmic 2000 Seamaster which do. I forget the day so need this function!

    • Tim says:

      Omega does make a Day/Date Aqua Terra Day Date. The movement is an 8602.

  3. MrTissot says:

    I believe there is an error in this article. Please correct me if I\'m wrong.

    Quote \"It is fitted with an improved version of Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial escapement. Unlike the 8500, the 8601 has an innovative silicon hairspring designed to increase precision.\"

    The 8500 movement DOES have the silicon hairspring also.
    As stated on Omega\'s official website:

    http://www.omegawatches.com/fileadmin/basic_functions/Guide_232-92-46-21-03-001_English.pdf

    Cheers :)

  4. George Michael. vlassis says:

    omega always making top shelf watches, special the deville. I have Two omega watches. speed master and deville. both models automatics. i think overpriced......With $9500 to high my chioce. With the money you spend u can by iwc or jlc or zenith

  5. Debashish says:

    Omega can always be trusted to provide fantastic watches at affordable prices.

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