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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 11

    Omega. A very rare stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

    SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, REF. CK 2915-2, BROAD ARROW MODEL, MOVEMENT NO. 15'997'677, MANUFACTURED IN 1958

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    Omega. A very rare stainless steel water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Ref. CK 2915-2, Broad Arrow model, movement no. 15'997'677, manufactured in 1958
    MOVEMENT: manual, Cal. 321, 17 jewels, soft iron antimagnetic cap
    DIAL: black, luminous baton numerals, luminous "Broad Arrow" hands, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, crystal etched with OMEGA symbol
    CASE: symmetrical large tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, bezel engraved and calibrated for tachymeter scale, screw back, two round small chronograph buttons in the band, 39 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel semi-extendable Omega bracelet and deployant clasp
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Omega service invoice dated 28th December 2009, the original hands, crown, pushers, crystal and various wheels and screws.


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    According to the Omega Archives, the present watch was shipped to Hong Kong on 23rd October 1958.
    Launched in 1957, the celebrated Omega "Speedmaster" was the creation of Pierre Moinat, head of Omega's "creative" department, with the case designed by Claude Baillod and the prototype made by George Hartmann. The watch was originally destined for "men who reckon time in seconds", i.e. automobile racers, athletes, engineers and scientists, the tachymetre scale engraved on the bezel allowing the calculation of speed at a glimpse, hence the name "Speedmaster". As the thought of men on the moon was still in the realm of science fiction at the time, it was only later that it became the "Moon Watch".

    Even before its conquest of space, the "Speedmaster" was and still is one of the most iconic watches in production. Introduced into the market in 1957, it can be considered the originator of the water-resistant sports chronograph watches. The most important improvement is unquestionably the tachymetre scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial, hence rendering the dial more legible while simplifying the calculation of speed. In the years to come, this revolutionary feature was incorporated by most of the other watch manufacturers, notably by Rolex when introducing the famous "Daytona" model in the 1960s.

    The original "Speedmaster Broad Arrow" ref. CK 2915 such as the present watch had a 39 mm. water-resistant case with engraved steel bezel graduated to 300 km/h, its principle characteristics, the "Broad Arrow" shaped hands, and the calibre 321 movement protected by an anti-magnetic soft iron cap. Its dial showed some very distinctive features such as the applied metal "Omega" logo as opposed to the common printed version, the "Omega" signature in a different font, appearing smaller and thinner, the letters "O" and "G" almost oval in shape, and the simple "Swiss Made" below 6 o'clock, omitting the "T" designation.

    In 1959, the model became ref. 2998, the "Broad Arrow" hands were replaced with "Alpha" hands and the engraved steel bezel by the version with black insert graduated to 500 km/h.

    The "Speedmaster Broad Arrow" is described and illustrated in Marco Richon's Omega - A Journey Through Time, pp. 596 - 597, Omega Saga, pp. 372 - 374 as well as in Omega Sportswatches by John Goldberger, pp. 95 - 107, where it is in addition prominently featured on the cover.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    LOTS 11-18: THE PROPERTY OF RICARDO BERNARD
    SPEEDMASTER 2915-2 BROAD ARROW