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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1961
    Reference No: CK 2998-4, repeated on the inner caseback
    Movement No: 17’765’045
    Model Name: Speedmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, max length 190 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped 3.61 and 7912
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed
    Accessories: Further delivered with Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1961 and its delivery to the United States.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 2998 was in production from 1959 until 1962.

    Minor modifications, such as changes in bezels, hands or dials were made to reference 2998 throughout its production run, and each modification is defined by the number after the hyphen in the reference number inscribed on the inner caseback. This particular reference, the 2998-4, differs from its predecessors in the choice of hands for the subsidiary dials. Essentially, the CK 2998-4, -5, -6 were the last production years of the model.

    The CK 2998 was the first Speedmaster in space, worn by Wally Schirra as his personal watch on the Sigma 7 mission of the Mercury Program in October 1962. Adding an element of collectability, the present watch was delivered within the same batch that contained the privately flown Speedmaster of Wally Schirra.

  • 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. CK 2998-4, repeated on the inner caseback
A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter scale and bracelet

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

Estimate
HK$230,000 - 400,000 
€25,400-44,200
$29,500-51,300

Sold for HK$250,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018