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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 13

    Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch

    SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, MOVEMENT NO. 18'645'770, CASE REF. 2998-6, MANUFACTURED IN 1962

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    Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch
    Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Movement No. 18'645'770, Case Ref. 2998-6, manufactured in 1962
    MOVEMENT: manual, Cal. 321, 17 jewels, metal dust cap
    DIAL: black, applied OMEGA symbol, luminous baton numerals, outer fifths of a second divisions, luminous 'alpha' hands, three sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers
    CASE: tonneau-shaped, tropicalized black bezel with 500 base tachymeter scale, straight lugs, screw back with engraved seahorse logo, SPEEDMASTER and OMEGA symbol, OMEGA “flat foot” symbol crown, two small round chronograph buttons in the band, 39.7 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BUCKLE: stainless steel Omega buckle


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    According to the Omega Archives, the present watch was delivered to Japan on 30th April 1962.

    This excellent example is from the second generation of OMEGA “pre-professional” Speedmasters, ref. 2998, successor of the reference 2915. It began its production in 1959, eight case references (-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -61, and -62) were successively introduced during only four years. Notably, this reference was the first OMEGA to ever travel to space, as worn by astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra as his personal watch on the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission of NASA's Mercury program in 1962. A rare find, this watch is made particularly desirable as it is preserved in good condition and maintains a handsome aesthetic with original unrestored dial and tropicalized bezel faded to a silvery grey.

    An example of the reference 2998 is illustrated and described in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, 2007, p. 598.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    SPEEDMASTER PRE-PROFESSIONAL 2998-6