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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 3597.23.00
    Case No: 48’383’550
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional Missions Skylab 3
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1861, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega International Warranty dated 30th March 2001 stamped by Mitsukoshi Shinjuku, product literature, red card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Skylab was the first American space station launched by NASA in May 1973. Spanning 24-weeks, the missions were carried out by three astronauts. The second mission was launched two months after the first with the third and last mission carried out over a period of 59 days. During the period in the space station, the astronauts performed experiments regarding the Earth’s resources as well as solar observations.

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famed Speedmaster, Omega launched a special limited edition series of commemorative models dubbed as the Mission series. Included in the limited edition series is this present ref. 3597.23.00. Powered by Omega’s contemporary manual cal. 1861, the design of the watch retains much of a similar aesthetic compared to its regular counterparts, however the dial features a special commemoration insignia inside the 9 O’clock register featuring “Skylab” and “Carr-Gibson-Pogue” the last names of the three astronauts who carried out the mission. The present reference, limited to 200 pieces is offered in excellent overall condition and is further accompanied by its original International Warranty and fitted presentation box.

  • 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. 3597.23.00
A fine and rare limited edition stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, warranty and presentation box, limited edition of 200 pieces, made to commemorate the third and last mission of Sky Lab

Circa 1998
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$38,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$69,300

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020