FOUND - Attic Watch Fetches $275,000

1958 Omega Speedmaster Sets New World Record

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Video history of the Omega Speedmaster by Hodinkee (Watch Image: © OMEGA Ltd.).

November 21, 2017
By Janina Myn Villapando, Contributing Author for What Sells Best

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (VIDEO) – The Omega Watch company reports, a rare 1958 Omega Watch, found in an attic, has set a new World Record by fetching $275,508 at auction.

THE STORY

The watch, a stainless steel chronograph, was found boxed in the attic of a family home by its owner’s son. It was then taken to Bukowskis Auction House in Stockholm, where it proceeded to fetch a world record price for its model.

The model, an extremely rare first generation Speedmaster from 1958, with reference CK 2915-1, is distinguishable by its famous design. A black dial with Broad Arrow hands, tachymeter scale on the bezel, and the sought-after calibre 321.

The Speedmaster, first introduced in 1957, has had many versions. One of the most famous, the Speedmaster Professional, or 'Moonwatch' was picked by NASA after rigorous testing. The watch was worn on the Gemini 4 mission by Ed White during the first American spacewalk. Then later by Buzz Aldrin, during the Apollo 11 mission, which put men (and an Omega) on the moon, for the first time in history.

The purchase, 2,226,250 Swedish Kroner, or $275,508 US dollars, was an unexpected surprise, soaring well above prior expectations. And, just in time for Omega's celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Speedmaster.

WHY IT'S RARE

The watch was one of the most desired pieces in the auction because of its original condition, unpolished case, and original dial. This is rarely seen in the CK 2915-1 model. The sale provided a unique opportunity for collectors to own one of the rarest Speedmasters ever found.

COMPARABLE FINDS

Among attic treasures we’ve tracked, this piece definitely deserves the attention it’s generating.

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AUCTION INFORMATION

Bukowskis Auction House sold the watch on October 25, with an estimated sell price of $110,000. Because of rarity, a bidding war ensued and the final price skyrocketed to $275,508 (after buyer premium). The watch was listed on Bukowskis website as Lot 45.

TOP 25: SPEEDMASTERS ONLINE

See if you can to spot a bargain among the Top 25 Omega Speedmasters listed online, on ebay (research prices). Also see; Top 25: Watches on ebay, worldwide, right now (links open on ebay).


Omega Chronograph Speedmaster ref ST 105003-65 blue bezel 105003 Ed White 1965

High Bid: $9,600.00
Bids: 31
Time Left:
1d 9h 54m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 321 PRE MOON DON BEZEL REF 105.012-66 CB CASE 2495-6XXX  

High Bid: $6,100.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
4d 10h 19m


Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 Co-Axial Chronograph 18K Rose Gold Mens Watch

High Bid: $3,300.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 6h 59m


Omega Steel Chronograph Speedmaster 145022-69 ST 145.022

High Bid: $3,150.00
Bids: 46
Time Left:
1d 9h 45m


Omega Speedmaster 145.0022 All Original With Booklet Circa 1985 Vintage

High Bid: $3,010.66
Bids: 30
Time Left:
3d 18h 46m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. 3573.50.00 Sapphire Sandwich

High Bid: $2,950.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
4d 3h 18m


Omega Speedmaster 145.012 Pre Moon Cal. 321 , 1967

High Bid: $2,425.00
Bids: 25
Time Left:
4d 1h 27m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch Cal. 1861

High Bid: $2,380.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
12h 16m


Rare Vintage 1979 OMEGA Speedmaster *FIFA* PROTOTYPE Referee Soccer Watch! 1045!

High Bid: $2,253.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
1d 3h 11m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER DATE 18K/SS AUTOMATIC WATCH 3711.10 ORIGINAL BOX & PAPERS

High Bid: $1,900.00
Bids: 37
Time Left:
2h 43m


Amazing Omega Spacemaster Z-33 full set with titanium bracelet Speedmaster range

High Bid: $1,718.47
Bids: 15
Time Left:
3d 5h 41m


Omega Speedmaster Racing Limited Ref. 3529.50 Men's Automatic Michael Schumacher

High Bid: $1,715.00
Bids: 31
Time Left:
3d 8h 5m


Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.32.40.50.06.001 with Extra NATO Strap!

High Bid: $1,500.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4d 3h 43m


OMEGA SPEED MASTER DATE 3210.50 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC MENS GUARANTEE CF5101 CR2

High Bid: $1,425.00
Bids: 49
Time Left:
4d 10h 49m


VINTAGE OMEGA CHRONOGRAPH SPEEDMASTER MARK 4.5 REF 176.0012

High Bid: $1,411.00
Bids: 25
Time Left:
1d 5h 10m


OmegaSteel Chronograph Speedmaster ref 145022-69 145.022

High Bid: $1,275.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
1d 9h 47m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 3510.50 AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH BLACK DIAL MENS WATCH CF4901 CR2

High Bid: $1,150.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
4d 10h 48m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Date Watch 3513.50 Serviced on Nov

High Bid: $1,125.00
Bids: 39
Time Left:
12h 17m


Omega Speedmaster Automatic Reduced Ref: 3510.50 Serial 57647482

High Bid: $1,075.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
4d 1h 53m


OMEGA SPEED MASTER DATE 3523.30 AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH TRIPLE CALENDAR CF5157

High Bid: $1,050.00
Bids: 35
Time Left:
4d 10h 51m


Omega Speedmaster Mark 40 Chronograph Automatic men’s watch

High Bid: $1,034.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
2d 1h 59m


Omega Speedmaster Triple Date Blue 3523.80 Automatic Chronograph Mens Watch

High Bid: $1,034.00
Bids: 54
Time Left:
4d 7h 16m


OMEGA Speedmaster Professional X33 X-33 Mars Watch 3290.50

High Bid: $1,026.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
2d 10h 58m


Omega 321 ,Speedmaster 105.003/105.012 Chronograph movement, running 1964/65

High Bid: $1,008.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
2d 16h 33m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER AUTOMATIC 175.0032 WRIST WATCH - EXCELLENT CONDITION CAL 1140

High Bid: $970.00
Bids: 35
Time Left:
3d 2h 40m