OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 2915-1 'BROAD ARROW', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1958
SPEEDMASTER REF 2915-1 'BROAD ARROW'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1958
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 15'996'993
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel associated buckle
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on July 17, 1958 and subsequent delivery to the United States.
The case is in good overall condition with wear, and in our view, has been polished. The lugs remain thick, but have lost some definition, brushing to the side is mostly faded. The bezel has faded attractively, with some scratching and nicks from wear. The caseback has been polished, however, still retains the 'Speedmaster' signature along the outermost part. Light surface scratches overall, light pitting.
The dial is in good overall condition,and the indexes have aged taking on an even patina. The hands likely relumed at some point in the past, as well as polished. Some oxidation and discoloration to the registers hands.
The chronograph function is operating properly, and dustcap is still present. The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.
Acclaimed as one of the most legendary chronographs amongst watch collectors, the Omega Speedmaster CK 2915 was released in 1957 alongside the Seamaster 300 and Railmaster models. The very first Speedmaster stayed in production for two years until 1959 and was highly celebrated for being the first chronograph to ever bear a tachymeter scale on its bezel. During its two years of production, Omega introduced three consecutive sub-references, namely the 2915-1, -2 and -3, totalling less than 4,000 pieces only. While the two first iterations shared many attributes, the third generation announced the transition of the Speedmaster to the future reference 2998.
The Speedmaster 2915-1 stands as today’s most coveted iteration for many reasons. First and foremost, its manufacturing era lasted slightly more than a year between 1957 and 1958, making this scarce reference genuinely difficult to find in today’s market.
The 2915’s most attractive characteristic is its Huguenin Frères straight lug case, measuring 38.2mm in diameter and fitted with small 4mm pushers. It bears no crown guards and is adorned with a stainless-steel Base 1000 tachymeter bezel, with either a flat top three or a rounded 3 within the 130 mark. Furthermore, the broad arrow hands ensure perfect legibility against the black luminescent Singer dial. The reference was delivered either on the equally rare stainless steel 7077/6 bracelet with elastic links or fitted with a leather strap.
The present Speedmaster 2915-1 was delivered in XX… It is fitted with its original Seahorse double-bevelled case back, bearing the Speedmaster engraving to its outer rim. The early Omega dial script bears the coveted ‘oval O’ and is positioned right beneath /far below the applied logo.