A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS AND TACHOMETER
CIRCA 1959 SPEEDMASTER REF 2998-3
Launched in 1959, Ref. 2998 is the second Speedmaster model that Omega put into production. It featured several design improvements over its predecessor, Ref. 2915, including the gasket seals on the chronograph pushers.
Its most visible change, however, was the new alpha hands, which replaced the now-iconic broad-arrow hands of its predecessor. In addition, the steel bezel on the earlier model was replaced with a black bezel for the newer model. Early examples of this reference featured a chronograph hand with a large luminescent dot. Over the years, many of these were damaged or replaced, therefore the present model, with the original hands, is more unusual.
The bracelet on the present watch, although not made by Omega, was a popular alternative to the more rigid bracelets sold by the firm. At the time of purchase, many Omega retailers would offer the buyers this bracelet, so many Speedmasters from the period retain them. The expandable style of the bracelet made it desirable for many sportsmen who could wear it over their shirt or jacket sleeve.