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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 3593.20.00
    Movement No: 48’373’978
    Case No: No. 323/500
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional, “Albino”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1863, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel link bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Certificate of Authenticity confirming the watch is 323/500, blank International Warranty, leather presentation box, additional crocodile Omega strap and stainless steel deployant clasp, and hang tag

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph will forever be associated with one of mankind’s most momentous events, the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and first moon walk in 1969. The watch has become a perennial favourite with collectors, known for its iconic, recognizable and enduring designs. The present reference 3593.20 is a limited edition Speedmaster Professional released in 1997 in only 500 examples for the Italian market, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the model. The watch has a unique feature with the “albino” cream-colored dial. In addition to the rare off-white dial, Omega used Luminova, not tritium, for the hands and hour markers, which was a first for the brand. Additionally, the markers were outlined in black for contrast, which was the reverse of a similar feature seen on Omega’s Snoopy series. Another unique feature was the use of sapphire crystals for both the dial side and caseback, a design Omega had never used, and would not use again for their standard production Speedmasters for another five years. Finally, the “Albino” was also Omega’s first timepiece to use the caliber 1863.
    The present watch is in new old stock condition, and is offered complete with presentation box and certificates. Omega today is highly sought after by collectors, and this rarely seen and distinctive limited edition Albino model is an excellent opportunity for the collector.

  • 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. 3593.20.00
A new old stock limited edition stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with “Albino” dial, Certificate of Authenticity and presentation box

Circa 1997
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
$12,000 - 24,000 
CHF11,000-21,900
€10,200-20,300
HK$93,000-186,000

Sold for $40,320

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New York Auction 12 December 2020