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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1960
    Reference No: 2913-3
    Movement No: 16'719'940
    Model Name: Seamaster 300
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 500, 17 jewels, stamped "OXG"
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet stamped "6" to the endlinks, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped "1 59"
    Dimensions: 39 mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on October 24, 1960

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched to commemorate Omega’s 100th anniversary in 1948, the first Seamaster was quite different to the diver’s watches we think of when this name is mentioned today. Whereas the first models were simply waterproof - nonetheless a momentous achievement for the time - it wasn’t until the launch of the Seamaster 300 in 1957 that one can see the features today strongly linked with diver’s timepieces, such as the revolving bezel or the black luminous high legibility dial. Officially rated water resistant up to 200 meters - the maximum depth to which the company could test its timepieces back then- it is fitted with a bidirectional bezel graduated for 60 minutes and broad arrow hands to improve legibility.

    The present Seamaster 300, reference CK 2913-3 stands out, not only because it features the iconic “Broad Arrow” and “Lollipop” hands - which in many instances get lost to various services over the years - but also thanks to its very appealing condition especially of dial and bezel: without a mark or scratch on its surface, the dial is virtually pristine, the only hint of the passage of time being the color of the luminous material which is now a strong camel/chestnut hue.

    The presence of the original "bamboo" bracelet - produced in the first trimester of 1959 as stamped on the clasp - further enhances the attractiveness and originality of this example.
    The Seamaster is the Omega model with the longest production run - being still in production today - and the reference 2913 is one of the most sought-after timepieces of this line in virtue of the fact that it is a precursor to this incredibly long lived lineage, and the first Omega to don the cloak of “diver’s watch” as modernly intended.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 2913-3
A very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, revolving bezel and bracelet

1960
39 mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€18,100-36,300
$21,800-43,600

Sold for CHF32,760

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021