A very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1961
    Reference No: 2998-61
    Movement No: 18'949'033
    Model Name: Speedmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Blue leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega buckle
    Dimensions: 40 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 2998 with alpha hands however reference 2998-1, please see Omega Sportswatches by John Goldberger, page 114 and 115.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 2998 was the first Speedmaster to officially feature a black aluminium bezel.
    Launched in 1961, this 2998-61 features the correct alpha hands and spear chronograph hand. The 'stepped' dial is in excellent condition, and the luminous has aged evenly to a warm orange colour which match the chronograph and time hands. This example also features the acrylic "Base 500" bezel, with the 'dot' over 90 calibrations.

  • 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. 2998-61
A very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

歐米茄,非常罕有,不銹鋼腕錶,配計時功能,“Speedmaster”,型號2998-61,1961年製

1961
40 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 60,000 

sold for HK$162,500

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