SPEEDMASTER REF 2998-61
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1962
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 18’419’198
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet and folding clasp, stamped 7912 and dated 1.61, end links stamped 6
Dimensions: 38 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on August 15, 1962 and subsequent delivery to Colombia.
The case is in good overall condition, with some scratches and wear visible throughout. The case, in our view, has been polished. The bezel has a lot of wear throughout, most notably from 6-3 o'clock, and near the 4 o'clock position. 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 has been relumed and is heavily restored. The hour markers are missing paint and luminous material at 4, 9 and 10 o'clock. The hands have been replaced.
The chronograph function is operating properly, and dustcap is still present. The movement with some bridges possibly replaced in previous services. 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 2998-61 was the second to last iteration of the 2998, and continued to solidify the look of the reference. It still retained the applied Omega logo, Alpha hour and minute hands and baton subdial hands. There still remained no ‘Professional’ designation to the dial, and the chronograph hand retained the small luminous spear tip. This subreference was replaced with the 2998-62. The 2998-6, -61 and -62 can be considered transitional models which were produced between 1962 and 1963. They precede the 105.002 which only differs by the change of reference to adopt Omega’s new Mapics coding.