The hit television series Mad Men, set in 1960s New York, features numerous vintage timepieces from the period considered by many as the golden era of watchmaking. The show’s main character Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), wears some of the most iconic vintage watches throughout the series, namely a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and a Rolex Explorer.
However, it is not a Rolex or Jaeger that is receiving all the hype, it is an Omega. Specifically, the beautiful 1960s Omega Seamaster Deville (shown below) which features an elegant 35 mm diameter polished steel case, a domed crystal, a signed Omega crown and an awesome painted cross hair dial.
After continuously searching for the past few months, and mostly finding timepieces that only vaguely resemble the Seamaster Deville worn by Don Draper, I have located one that is very close.
This circa 1950s Omega Seamaster Deville (shown at top) has the same 35 mm polished case, the same lug design, the same domed crystal and the same indexes as the one worn by Don Draper. The only differences I can see, is that it is missing the word “Deville” on the dial, the indexes at 9 and 6 o’clock vary slightly and there is no date.
And, yes, it does have the killer cross hair dial, which the seller says is original. If everything the seller says is true, this seems like a steal at the current bid price of $500 (auction ends on Sunday May 27th).