An extremely rare, early and important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Broad Arrow hands, "tropical" dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 2915-1
    Movement No: 15'996'494
    Model Name: Speedmaster "Broad Arrow"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel semi-expandable Omega bracelet, end links stamped 6, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on June 20, 1958 and delivery to Singapore.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Speedmaster is unequivocally Omega’s most historically important model to date. Its history spans almost sixty years with the very first Speedmaster launched in 1957. Reference 2915 was the brainchild of Pierre Moinat and Claude Baillod. Period advertising marketed the innovative model to "men who reckon time in seconds". It was incredibly useful for race car drivers, engineers, and professionals who dealt with time in their line of work. This model is among Omega's most important references ever created, spawning successors that partook in humankind's most ground-breaking moments, the most pertinent being landing on the moon.

    The Speedmaster was notably the very first chronograph wristwatch to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel, rather than on the dial - a feature that other watch manufactures would soon emulate.

    Reference 2915 is immediately recognizable due to its Broad Arrow hands and Base 1000 steel bezel. The launch of the very first example, 2915-1, gave way to its "first generation" successors 2915-1, 2915-2 and finally 2915-3. Subsequent Speedmaster references followed, each displaying variations to the hands, bezels and case shape.

    Possibly one of the most remarkable reference 2915-1s to ever grace the auction market, the present watch displays an exceptional "tropical" dial that has aged to a vibrant milk-chocolate shade. Research shows that this watch was originally delivered to Singapore - quite literally, the tropics. Its significance cannot be overstated - the brown tone is not only rich and vivid, but it is also incredibly even throughout. Moreover, the luminous material on both the dial and hands have aged to an attractive honey tone.

    Most impressively, the other components are also original such as the first generation double bevel case back with no seahorse and "SPEEDMASTER" on the outer edge. The first generation bezel displays a "flat top 3". Even the semi-expandable bracelet with "6" end links are correct and the clasp does not display a date stamp - a correct feature of the earliest examples.

    Rarely do such outstanding examples grace the market, and there is no telling when another will appear in the public sphere.

  • Maker Bio

    Omega

    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Omega

Ref. 2915-1
An extremely rare, early and important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with Broad Arrow hands, "tropical" dial and bracelet

1958
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF150,000 - 300,000 
€132,000-264,000
$154,000-307,000

sold for CHF200,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018