SPEEDMASTER REF 2998-2
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1960
Calibre: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 17'302'542
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet and folding clasp, stamped 4.60
Dimensions: 38 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 23, 1960 and subsequent delivery to Japan.
The case is in good overall condition, and in our view, has likely seen a polishing in its past. There is minor surface scratches and wear throughout, consistent with the age of the timepiece. There are some major scratches to the case back and bracelet. Bracelet with scuffs and minor warping, consistent with age and use. The caseback has the original Omega Speedmaster Seahorse engraving, some surface scratches. The bezel with some marks along the edges, and the insert faded to gray with loss to the edges overall and some scratches.
The dial is in good overall condition. There is partial loss to the luminous hour markers and hands, as well as some discoloration. The majority are intact and have aged consistently with the hands. There is a small scratch to the 30-minute register, with some dark spots above and beneath the arbor, around the 8 o'clock index and also to the 12 hour register.
The crown is stiff and difficult to turn and set. 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 2998-2 retains the Base 1000 bezel that was on the -1 and many of the other characteristics that differentiate the 2998-1 from the 2915s.
While it is possible for the 2998-2 to bear the ‘lollipop’ chronograph hand (see lot 3) the present example has a correct white painted straight hand, and is preserved in very good condition with an attractive, dark patina to the hands and indexes and faded bezel. This reference was available for only one year.