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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 12

    Omega. A fine and rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet

    SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, MOVEMENT NO. 19'583'527, REF. 2998-62, MANUFACTURED IN 1962

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    Omega. A fine and rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet
    Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Movement No. 19'583'527, Ref. 2998-62, manufactured in 1962
    MOVEMENT: manual, Cal. 321, 17 jewels, metal dust cap
    DIAL: brown, applied OMEGA symbol, luminous baton numerals, outer fifths of a second divisions, luminous alpha hands, three sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, crystal etched with OMEGA symbol
    CASE: symmetrical tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type, black bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to a maximum of 500 units, straight lugs, screw back with engraved seahorse logo, SPEEDMASTER and O inscription, OMEGA crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 39 mm. diam.

    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel semi-expandable OMEGA bracelet stamped 79126, deployant clasp stamped 4 64, overall approximate length 17 cm.


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    According to the Omega Archives, the present watch was shipped to Hong Kong on 28th January 1963.
    The reference 2998-62 was the final version of the reference 2998 made. It served as the transition to the 105002-62 SC and was the first Speedmaster in space, worn by Wally Schirra as his personal watch on the Sigma 7 mission of October 1962. This example has a dial with light chocolate color showing the first stages of tropicalization.

    DEPORA case back
    Further to its very appealing dial, the present watch offered for sale here bears a special inscription on its case back : M.051- DEPORA. The information about this personalization is rather vague, but it has been confirmed that the few examples recorded had been sold in 1963. The word DEPORA seems to be an abbreviation of Department Olah Raga, the Indonesian Ministry of Sports and M.051 stands for a three-figure number.

    A similar DEPORA example is illustrated in Moonwatch Only, The Ultimate Speedmaster Guide by Grégoire Rossier & Anthony Marquié pp. 160-161.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    SPEEDMASTER 2998-62 CHOCOLATE DIAL