PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 2915-3, A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1959
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
SPEEDMASTER REF 2915-3
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1959
Dial: black 'tropical'
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 16'648'998
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1039 and dated 1.71, endlinks stamped 6
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box, guarantee and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 25, 1959 and subsequent delivery to Switzerland.
The case is in very good overall condition, with some minor scratches visible from wear. The case, in our view, has likely seen a light polishing. The bezel has a small dent near the 5, 9 and 10 o'clock positions, and there is some light scratching visible throughout. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has some minor stretch and surface scratching visible throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition. The hour markers have aged to an attractive shade of caramel, and the hands are original green radium in our view.
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.
After the essentially identical references 2915-1 and -2, the -3 featured some variations. The black aluminum bezel was seen more often, 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, unlike the 2998-1, which had a small straight line of luminous material. On the case back, the Speedmaster text relocated from the edge of the screw down back closer to the hippocampus.
This piece was until today preserved in Belgium by its first and only owner who received it as a birthday present and cherished it for 60 years. It is further distinguished by being accompanied by its original Omega presentation case and guarantee.