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Up for grabs is an excellent example of the Reference 2998-2 Omega Speedmaster, which is one of the earliest Speedmasters produced by Omega, and one of the only references to use the famous “lollipop” chronograph hand. 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 is unpolished, with normal wear, with the original factory edges still visible; there are no tool marks on the caseback. The dial is in perfect shape, with no tool marks, scratches, chips, etc. Further, the dial is aging to a tropical brown color, and can be clearly seen whether indoors or outdoors. The original “Base 1000” bezel has also aged to a brown color, and is in excellent condition, with minimal wear. The original radium lume is present on the dial and hands, aged to a striking orange color; the lollipop hand has been professionally color-matched to the lume on the dial and hands. The winding crown is an early replacement, and an original Naiad-crown can be substituted upon request.
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!