OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF. 2915-3 'BROAD ARROW', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 'TROPICAL' DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE IN 1959
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 USD
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF. 2915-3 'BROAD ARROW'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 'TROPICAL' DIAL AND BRACELET, MADE IN 1959
Dial: black, 'tropical'
Calibre: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 16'649'302
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, endlinks stamped 6
Dimensions: 38 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 185mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 11, 1959, and subsequent delivery to Venezuela.
The case has minor scuffing and scratching throughout from wear. The bezel has faded to an attractive ombre color from deep black on the inner most part to a lighter shade of grey as you get to the outer edge. The bezel has some wear to the outermost edge of the top right hand quarter.
The dial is in very good condition and has aged attractively to a lovely shade of mocha. The lume has aged taking on an attractive and even patina. The hands too have aged. Some minor loss to the outer minute track and the 'swiss made' beneath 6. Some small scratches to the subsidiary dials.
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.
The reference 2915 is a milestone in Omega’s history as it was the very first Speedmaster produced. The newly designed chronograph was launched in 1957 and remained available until 1959, with a total of less than 4,000 pieces produced. Three iterations saw light changes within the two years of production, namely the 2915-1, -2 and -3. While the first two iterations would very slightly differ from each other, the 2915-3 holds a transitional role in Omega history. This reference was produced in 1959 only and bears movement numbers ranging from 16.648.xxx to 16.649.xxx. The early examples would bear a set of early Broad Arrow hands and a metallic Base 1000 tachometer bezel while later examples would introduce the new design language of the Speedmaster, with a black Base 1000 tachometer bezel and the upgraded luminous Alpha hands. The 2915-3 therefore tackled two drastically different design approaches and went on to be replaced by the reference 2998-1 in 1959.
The present reference 2915-3 displays a gorgeously patinated early dial, identifiable by an oval O to the Omega script and short secondary markers on the minute counter. As a transitional reference, this example unsurprisingly combines correct earlier parts with slightly later ones; for instance, the black Base 1000 tachometer bezel bearing a long 4 to the 140 mark is paired with a set of Broad Arrow hands.
The wristwatch is most importantly fitted with a first generation of the legendary caliber 321. Interestingly, the movement-holding ring bears two holes, a feature which can only be observed on reference 2915-3.