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Up for grabs is an excellent example of the Reference 2998-6 Omega Speedmaster, which is one of the earliest Speedmasters produced by Omega. The serial number (1.8xxxxx) dates this example to 1962. 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. This particular example was delivered to Japan in 1962 (an Extract of the Archives will be provided – the previous owner of this watch has been on a long vacation, but has promised to send it).
The present example is in great vintage condition. The case has been polished in the past, but retains thick and even lugs, and the caseback logo remains crisp. The dial is in great shape, with no chips, scratches or major damage. The original radium lume is present on the dial, aged to a nice orange color, and reacting under UV light as it should; the hands have been professionally color and glow matched to the dial, very closely mimicking the factory lume on the dial. Further, the watch remains on its original “DON” bezel, in excellent condition.
This Omega Speedmaster is fitted on its original flat-link 7912 bracelet, dated to 1962, and will fit an approximate 7″ wrist, with no stretch. Please Note: the “6” endlinks are replica replacements.
Omega Speedmaster, Ref. 2998-6