Omega - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1958
    Reference No: 2915-2
    Movement No: 15’500’546
    Model Name: Speedmaster “Broad Arrow”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega partially extensible ladder bracelet, end links stamped no. 6, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega leather travel box and service invoice.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Among chronograph wristwatches, the Speedmaster truly stands out and is universally acknowledged as the most historically important model in Omega’s catalogue. Its history spans over six decades with the very first Speedmaster launched in 1957, having slowly and gracefully evolved with different dial, hand, bezel, and bracelet variants. Today’s modern Speedmaster line still strongly adheres to the design DNA of the original. The first-generation model, reference CK 2915, is considered by collectors as “the grail” for a number of reasons.

    Only in production between 1957 and 1959, the ref. 2915 was produced in three different series: -1, -2, and -3. CK2915-1 and -2 are arguably the most collectible Speedmaster models. They have unique differences from all younger generations of Speedmasters, most notably in their dial graphics and important elements of case design. The large, “Broad Arrow” minute and hour hands are one such trait, but also the metal bezel - rather than a bezel with black insert - and slightly different dial graphics, distinguishable by the oval “O” of Omega. This oval would later become perfectly round. Likewise, the case has details which would later be abandoned, such as the “Speedmaster” designation engraved on the bevelled, outer edge of the case back rather than on the center, and the hippocampus engraving would be added later.

    The present lot, a reference 2915-2, belongs to the second iteration of the first generation of Speedmasters, made in 1958 and is fitted with its original parts exhibiting the correct early features collectors adore. The first is the rare Base 1000 metal bezel, followed by the dial configuration. The Omega signature features the iconic "fat" O followed by the slightly extended "r" in the Speedmaster signature, and the caseback bears the “Speedmaster” engraving on the edge of the caseback. Preserved in excellent condition, the present example has recently received a full overhauled in Biel, Swizterland and will no doubt be an excellent addition for discerning Omega enthusiasts.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 2915-2
An early and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1958
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 400,000 
€26,100-52,200
$25,600-51,300

Sold for HK$302,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)