Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Tropical Dial
Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Tropical Dial

SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, MOVEMENT NO. 17'302'152, CASE REF. 2998-1, MANUFACTURED IN 1960

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Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Tropical Dial
Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Movement No. 17'302'152, Case Ref. 2998-1, Manufactured in 1960
Cal. 321 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, metal dust cap, chocolate tropical dial, 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, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel with 1000 base tachymeter scale calibrated to a maximum of 300 units, straight lugs, screw back with engraved seahorse logo, SPEEDMASTER and O inscription, OMEGA crown, two small round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel semi-expandable OMEGA bracelet stamped 7912/6, deployant clasp, overall approximate length 7 inches, case, dial and movement signed

38mm diam.
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Lot Essay

Accompanied by an OMEGA Extract from the Archives confirming delivery of the present watch in 1960 to Curaçao.

The reference 2998 was the successor of the reference 2915. The beauty of the chocolate 'tropical' dial seen on the present watch is a feature that is utterly unique to the watch. Made possible by its individual aging process, the color of the dial has evolved and changed over time, creating a rich chocolate tone. That the dial has turned 'tropical' over time may have had to do with the original destination of the watch: Curaçao, an island of the Dutch Caribbean.

This reference 2998-1 is, like all early Speedmasters, an uncommon find, particularly special due to it retaining its original "BASE 1000" bezel. These bezels were often replaced over time. It is a watch for a connoisseur of the highest order.

An example of the reference 2998 is illustrated and described in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, 2007, p. 596
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