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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1962
    Reference No: CK 2998-5
    Movement No: 18'419'749
    Model Name: Speedmaster "FAP"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, end links stamped 6, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding deployant clasp, stamped 2.60
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1962 and its subsequent delivery to the Peruvian Air Forces
    Literature: For a similar example see Moonwatch Only by Grégoire Rossier and Anthony Marquié pp 260-261

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1959, the Omega Speedmaster reference 2998 was the successor of the first model, reference 2915. It is also known for being the first Speedmaster in space as it was the personal watch of Wally Shirra during the Sigma 7 Mission of the Mercury program in October 1962.
    The present watch had, however, a different destiny; still airborne but closer to the earth. When looking at the caseback, one will notice the three letters: FAP standing for Fuerza Aérea del Peru. Up to the early 60s, Omega was providing timepieces for the Peruvian pilots before another brand was selected by the army. The extract of the Omega archives confirms that the watch was delivered to the Peruvian Air Forces in June 1962.
    In production for only 4 years, researches show that eight case references were produced. The present reference 2998-5 differentiates itself from the previous version by the abolition of the Alpha hands on the subdials but it keeps this type of hands for the hours and minutes with a straight central chronograph hand and black bezel graduated 500. The watch is powered by the first generation caliber 321, fitted to all Speedmasters until 1968/69.
    In excellent overall condition and fitted with its original bracelet stamped for the second quarter of 1960, this Speedmaster will be a great addition to any military related watch collection.

  • Artist Biography


    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 2998-5
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale and bracelet made for the Peruvian Air Forces

39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF50,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020