SPEEDMASTER REF 2998-1
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1959
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 17'301'094
Case: stainless steel
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 December 29, 1959 and subsequent delivery to Panama.
Case in overall good condition, edges to the lugs with wear to the edges and light pitting. Case with light surface marks overall, heavier marks to the right top lug, larger scratch to the bottom left lug. Some scratches to the tops and bottoms of all lugs. Case back with surface scratches. Bezel insert heavily faded, both the insert and bezel with small nicks and scratches.
Dial in very good aged original condition, the subdials with some scratches on the outer edges, some loss of finish around the edges. Even creamy patina to the lume overall and on hands.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, 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.
***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
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 successor to the 2915, the first Speedmaster reference introduced in 1957, the 2998 adopted the black aluminum bezel fully as well as the luminous Alpha hands that were used at the end of the previous generations’ run. The case back also moved the ‘Speedmaster’ moniker to the center, and accompanied the hippocampus and Omega logo. From 1959 until 1962 the 2998 was in production, and became the first reference of Speedmaster to travel to space on the wrist of ‘Wally’ Shirra in 1962. The present lot has an attractive matching cream patina to the original hands and dial.