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Why We Love It
There are Speedmasters, and then there are Speedmasters- this example is the latter.
Dating to circa 1960, this reference 2998-1 is among the loveliest we've seen. Not only has the dial topicalized to a rich, chocolatey brown, but the tritium plots have aged to a uniformly golden caramel. Complimented further by its matching spear hands and, of course, the icon Calibre .321 manually winding chronograph movement.
Perhaps you've owned a few Speedies before, or you're looking to take your collection to the next level with a heavy hitter. In either case, this is a special watch for a discerning collector.
The Omega Speedmaster is of course our favorite machine of the era, and is without question a horological icon. With perfect form-follows-function looks and a brilliantly designed professional-grade mechanical chronograph movement, the Speedmaster would stand with the best watches ever made on its own merits alone. But its key involvement in the Space Program's golden era clearly puts it on an entirely different level altogether.
While the later Speedmaster Professional models are perhaps better known (indeed, variants are still being made today!), the Pre-Professional models, starting with the very first Reference 2915 in 1957, are the most collectable. Truly rare, early straight-lug models without crown guards occupy the hearts and minds of serious enthusiasts with a growing fervor. There is no question that the Speedmaster market is really heating up (due in no small part to the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing in 2019), and strong early examples are becoming harder and harder to locate.
Stainless steel straight-lug case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Calibre .321 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1960.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous dark tropical dial is in excellent condition with evenly patinated tritium plots matching handset. Correct base 1000 bezel shows heavy wear. Caseback shows light signs of wear.
Includes original hesalite crystal, and a brown leather strap with steel pin buckle.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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