Hong Kong, May 28, 2022

LOT 196

Ref. 2998-4, chronograph, minute and hour counters, black dial, calibre 321; “Speedmaster Professional” so-called “Ed. White”; stainless steel

HKD 95,000 - 190,000

EUR 11,500 - 22,900 / CHF 12,000 - 24,000 / USD 12,100 - 24,200

Sold: HKD 113,750

Stainless steel, manual-winding, vertical “tonneau”-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, movement protected inside a soft iron calotte (protective container) against magnetic fields, bezel with black insert, black colour dial with radial luminous indexes, black colour auxiliary dials, subsidiary seconds at 9 and three horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the two round-shaped push-pieces located on the case-band) with tachometric scale graduated on the bezel for 500 units per hour
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)
· Dragging 12-hour counter (subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock)

Case-back stamped in the centre with the Omega logo, the seahorse and the name “Speedmaster”.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Omega, Bienne / Biel

Model “Speedmaster Professional” so-called “Ed. White”

Reference 2998-4

Year circa 1969

Movement No. 28 867 539

Case No. unnumbered

Material stainless steel

Bracelet black leather strap

Buckle stainless steel Omega buckle

Diameter 39.7 mm. (bezel)

Caliber 321 (based on Lemania 2310)

Height 47.9 mm.

Width 38.2 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement


Omega, “Speedmaster”, Ref. CK 2998

The Ref. CK 2998 was launched in 1959 and was the successor to the “Broad Arrow”, Ref. CK 2915.

This reference differed from its predecessor in that the “Broad Arrow” hands were replaced with “Alpha” hands and the steel bezel with one with a black insert.

There were two generations of this reference:
· the first, with large dot chronograph hand;
· the second with baton chronograph hand.

This reference is called the “pre-moon” by collectors.


Omega Calibre 321

Cal. 321 with column wheel was created in 1946. It was formerly called “27 CHRO C12 T2” and was used on first generation “moon watches”.

The calibre was replaced in 1968 with Cal. 861.


White, Ed

Edward Higgins White II (November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967) was an American aeronautical engineer, United States Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. After graduating from West Point in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree, White was sent to flight training, and assigned to the 22nd Fighter Day Squadron at Bitburg Air Base, West Germany. There, he flew in F-86 Sabre and F-100 Super Sabre squadrons. In 1958, he enrolled in the University of Michigan to study aeronautical engineering. White then received test pilot training at Edwards Air Force Base, California, before being assigned as a test pilot for the Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. White was selected as one of the second group of astronauts. He was assigned as pilot of Gemini 4 alongside command pilot James McDivitt. On June 3, 1965, White became the first American to walk in space. He was then assigned as senior pilot of the first crewed Apollo mission, Apollo 1. White died on January 27, 1967, alongside astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger B. Chaffee in a fire during pre-launch testing for Apollo 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his flight in Gemini 4 and was then awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honour posthumously.