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Can't doubt the source, only the information itself. I know it's all we have. As ulackfocus suggests, maybe this figure is just for the steel cased versions assembled in Switzerland and/or the two adjustment versions, which seem to be much less common than their unadjusted brothers.
That was one of the questions I put to the museum "Are you sure that the 3000 pieces doesnt relate to the Swiss made examples?" The answer was no, that was the total number earmarked for the US market, according to their production records.

As I say, hopefully, somehow, some new info may emerge over time that clarifies this question. I dont think we should hold our breath though :)

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From what little I can tell, there were two separate production runs of these. One was in the early to mid 1960's, serial numbers in the 19-21M range. These are the 2 adjustment movements. The second run was in the mid to late 1960's, serials in the 21-24M range. These were marked unadjusted.

In the Omega Vintage Database, there are four models listed showing as having cal. 560 inside. Three of those four are Seamaster DeVilles, show a "created" date for the caliber of 1959, and a reference to only 3,000 produced. The fourth one is the KL6312 that shows a creation date of 1965 and no mention of the production quantity.

Not sure why there would be a difference in the OVD listings for the same movement caliber.

Just another Omega mystery,
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I just acquired a vintage Seamaster DeVille and being new to the Omega I'm a bit confused. I'll post pics of my watch and please comment. I did a search on the Omega vintage database for 166.020 and it stated that the watch was produced in the seventies but the caliber number is 560, indicating an earlier watch. Please help!

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Hi. If u read Desmond's essay on the 560 you would note that 166.020 was issued with the 560 from Bienne. The vintage database not 100% correct. Your watch particularly the dial style dates to early 60s and is correct if it has the 560. A nice looking piece the dial seems to be in excellent shape and is less common with the numbered dial. Looks to be desperately in need of a service. Get a nice black or dark brown leather strap and ditch the twist o flex bracelet. Those things will damage the watch lugs. Congrats on a fine piece.
 
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