Up for grabs is an excellent example of the Reference 2998-1 Omega Speedmaster, which is one of the earliest Speedmasters produced by Omega, and the first batch of the reference 2998 (which went from -1 through -62) The serial number (1.7xxxxx) dates this example to 1960. The very first Speedmasters were powered by Omega’s famous caliber 321. Early Speedmasters, such as this example, are grails amongst collectors, and finding well-preserved examples has become exceedingly difficult.
The present example is in excellent condition. The case was likely lightly polished in the past, with normal wear, with the original factory edges still visible; there are no major tool marks on the caseback. The dial is in perfect shape, with no tool marks, scratches, chips, etc. The original “Base 1000” bezel is in good condition (these early bezels are usually heavily damaged), with minimal wear for the age. The original radium lume is present on the dial and hands, aged to a striking orange color. The watch comes equipped on its original Omega folded-link 7912 bracelet, with correct 6 endlinks, and is dated to 1960; the bracelet itself is in excellent condition, with no stretch.
This CK 2998 is one of the finest examples we have seen come to market in quite some time, and will be a staple in any collection, seasoned or new!