View 1 of Lot 16. OMEGA | Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-1, A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Circa 1960.
View 1 of Lot 16. OMEGA | Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-1, A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Circa 1960.
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OMEGA | Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-1, A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Circa 1960

Estimate:

35,000 - 55,000 USD

OMEGA | Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-1, A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Circa 1960

OMEGA | Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-1, A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Circa 1960

Estimate:

35,000 - 55,000 USD

OMEGA

Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-1

A Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with “Tropical” Dial, Circa 1960


Dial: black

Caliber: cal. 321 manual, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel

Closure: leather strap with Omega tang buckle

Dimensions: 39.5 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Case numbers: ref. 2998-1 / serial: 17302754


The Omega Speedmaster 2998 was the second generation of the Speedmaster chronograph, following the inaugural reference 2915. Omega produced the Speedmaster 2998 from 1959 until 1963, and during that time the company made eight sub references. This particular example, circa 1960, was the first in the family as denoted by its 2998-1 reference number. The watch features a steel case with straight lugs. The “Tropical” dial has evolved from its original black color to a warm brown tone with creamy lume, and alpha-style hands reside at the center and inside the sub-dials. The Speedmaster was the first chronograph to include the tachymeter scale on the exterior bezel rather than on the dial, and this example includes the coveted “Base 1000” variant correct to this specific reference.