Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020

LOT 290

OMEGA, REF. 2998-1, SPEEDMASTER PRE-MOON, TROPICAL DIAL, STEEL

Attractive and rare stainless steel, manual winding chronograph wristwatch with a fine tropical dial, 3 registers and black tachometer bezel.

Brand Omega

Model Speedmaster

Reference Ref. CK2998-1

Year Circa 1960

Bracelet stainless steel Omega bracelet Ref. Dimensions 40mm.

Caliber 321, no. 17301445

Dimensions 40mm

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Extract from the archives

CHF 45,000 - 90,000

USD 46,000 - 92,000 / HKD 358,000 - 716,000

Sold: CHF 51,250


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10

Very good

Patinated


Notes

Recognized as one of the most emblematic, historical and timeless chronographs, the very first Speedmaster was born in 1957, under reference 2915, and was only produced for two years. 
It was quickly replaced by the model presented, reference 2998-1. Produced only between 1959 and 1960, this reference has a case with straight lugs, a bezel with tachymetric scale base 1000 and a beautiful "swiss made" tropicalized dial with three registers. 
The movement is mechanical powered with the legendary Lemania-based calibre 321. This chronograph is in a very good condition, perfectly original and presents a homogeneous, pronounced and interesting patina. 
According to the extract from the Archives, it was produced on January 29, 1960 and delivered to the Republic of Zaire, where the dial had to become tropical over the years under the African sun.