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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1958
    Reference No: 2915-1
    Movement No: 15’996’698
    Model Name: Speedmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel semi-expandable Omega bracelet, end links stamped 16, maximum length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, stamped 1506, 3.64
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega International Guarantee dated 16 June 1964, service receipt dated 31 May 1997, and product literature. Further accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present wristwatch on August 26th, 1958 and its delivery to Switzerland, as well as photographs of the original owner wearing the watch and a signed provenance letter of the original owner.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is fresh-to-the-market and offered by the family of the original owner. As a young medical student, the original owner, in 1964, flew through Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and purchased this reference 2915-1. While its date of purchase seems well out of range for the production date of August 26th 1958, it is likely to have been an unsold, “old stock”, item at a Swiss-based retailer sent to Schiphol for “clearance”. The caseback, engraved with the original owner’s initials, features “Speedmaster” engraved on the outer beveled surface, as well as the engraved Seahorse and original circular-brushed finishing – a correct configuration for late 2915-1 examples.

    The accompanying, original Omega guarantee with matching movement number is marked correctly as a reference 9700, and it was offered with a reference 9700 spec sheet featuring hand calculations by the original owner. As depicted on these accessories, as well as advertisements of the era, early Speedmasters were described by Omega as the reference 9700. It is also accompanied by an Omega pamphlet dated 1964, as well as its original bracelet.


  • 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. 2915-1
A very rare, fine, and historically interesting stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, guarantee, and product literature

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for $126,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022