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Auction Ended
08/03/22
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Lot #1570

Omega Speedmaster CK 2998-1 Tropical Dial

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Introduction

Launched in 1959 and produced until 1963, the Omega Speedmaster ref. 2998 was the second generation of Omega Speedmaster following the launch of the ref. 2915 in 1957. Featuring a stainless steel case with straight lugs, an unguarded crown, and pump pushers, the ref. 2998’s construction is wonderfully elegant and straightforward. Featuring a black dial with luminescent alpha-style hands and a black aluminum tachymetric bezel, the first chronograph to feature it outside of the dial, the Speedmaster ref. 2998 was a fantastically legible, and practical tool watch. The Speedmaster ref. 2998 was so practical, in fact, that it was the first reference of Speedmaster to travel into space. Worn by ‘Wally’ Shirra in 1962, the ref. 2998 is where the Speedmaster’s iconic moon-faring legacy began. Today, it is remembered for its journey into space and impact on the Speedmaster's design with its black bezel and centralized hippocampus and Omega logo on its caseback still featuring in the modern collection all these decades later.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Omega Archive

Est. value range

$20,000 – $40,000

The Details

Brand

Omega

Dimensions

39.5mm

Model

Speedmaster (Pre-moon)

Movement

Manual-wind cal. 321

Reference

2998-1

Bracelet

Stainless steel bracelet

Year

Circa 1960

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Omega Archive

Dial Color

Tropicalized (originally black)

THE DIAL

Featuring one of the most beautifully aged dials we have seen, this example boasts a tropical dial with a bright, almost orange, brown surface and wonderfully aged creamy yellow luminescent hour markers that compliment it perfectly.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Immediately recognizable thanks to its timeless design, the Speedmaster is a watch that will forever resonate with watch collectors thanks to its historic achievements and stunning good looks. On the wrist, this example's mesmerizing array of colors and iconic construction are a breathtaking combination.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in very good overall condition. The case has some surface wear and minor dings, but the lugs are full and well proportioned. The Speedmaster and Seahorse engravings are fully visible and clean on the caseback. The original base 1000 bezel is in excellent condition with minor scuffs and wear as shown in the images. The dial has aged to a beautiful tropical tone, and the surface is free from blistering or damage. Radium indexes on the dial are original and unrestored. Hands have a darker tone. The bracelet comes with original #6 end pieces and is dated to the 3rd quarter, 1959. It has 20 links total, and there is light stretch.

Our Perspective

Sitting among the pantheon of greats, the Speedmaster is as legendary a watch as they come. Its iconic heritage, timeless design, and unique position within human history all combine to create a watch that truly transcends horology. And this timepiece, with its incredible tropical dial and originality surely stands as one of the best-looking examples on the market.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder

Lot # 1570

Omega Speedmaster CK 2998-1 Tropical Dial

Sold

$57,805

Ended
08/03/22