A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1961
    Reference No: CK 2998-3
    Movement No: 17’764’141
    Model Name: Speedmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, reference 7077/6, endlinks stamped 6
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, stamped 2.59
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming sale of the present watch to Uruguay and production on August 30, 1961.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The original Speedmaster reference 2915 was in production for only two years until it was replaced in 1959 by the present model, reference 2998. The reference 2998, in turn, only had a production run for approximately three years, through 1962, though models were still being delivered in 1963. Small modifications (different hands, bezels or dials) were made to reference 2998 throughout its production period, each modification being defined by the number after the hyphen in the reference number inscribed on the inner caseback. This particular reference, the 2998-3, differs from its predecessors the 2998-1 and 2998-2 in the composition of the dial and the choice of hands. 2998-1 and 2998-2 feature either a flat or stepped dial, the ‘Speedmaster’ and ‘Omega’ printings are slightly different, longer secondary markers on the minute subsidiary dial, and a lollipop chronograph hand. The reference book Moonwatch Only classifies these dials as A4 dials with short markers and round ‘O’, while the present lot is fitted with its original and correct A5-type dial with longer markers and the ‘Swiss Made’ designation printed quite low on the dial.

    This particular reference features a stepped dial and rare case with straight lugs, all housing the vaunted Lemania-based Omega caliber 321. It furthermore features the rounded ‘O’ in the printed logo, correct long minute markers in the minute counter subdial, applied Omega logo, and its original ‘Dot Over Ninety’ black aluminum bezel insert graduated to 500 units. An Omega steel bracelet reference 7077/6, the first Speedmaster bracelet with partially expandable links, completes a highly desirable timepiece for the collector.

  • 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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Ref. CK 2998-3
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale and bracelet

1961
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€8,600-12,900
$10,600-15,900

sold for CHF20,000

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

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