SPEEDMASTER REF 2915-3
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1959
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 16’648’570
Case: stainless steel with personal engraving
Closure: stainless steel Omega buckle
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 18, 1959 and subsequent delivery to New Zealand.
The case is in good condition, and in our view, has been polished, although the lugs retain thick proportions. There is some light surface scratching visible throughout from wear. The bezel has scratching and wear, with some loss to the black insert, with some noticeable nicks most apparent from the 10 o'clock position to the 3 o'clock position. The case back with surface scratches and a personal engraving.
The dial is in good overall condition, and under light has aged ever so slightly to a deep mocha brown color. The hour markers have aged to a dark beige/light brown color, with some loss to the luminous material. The lume remains original.
The chronograph function is operating properly. 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.
The third iteration of the first Speedmaster reference, the 2915, introduced several changes to the aesthetics of the watch. After the essentially identical references 2915-1 and -2, the -3 featured more frequent use of the black aluminum bezel, alongside the Alpha hands as opposed to the Broad Arrow hands on the -1 and -2. The hour hand, in particular, for the 2915-3 was longer and had a larger luminous surface in the shape of a triangle, a layout that is seen on and off throughout the later reference 2998, which could feature small straight lines of luminous material on the hour hand as well. On the case back, the Speedmaster text relocated from the edge of the case back closer to the hippocampus.