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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 Wristwatch, Stainless, Pre Spacewalk, Speedmaster

High Bid: $7,700.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
3d 17h 37m


Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch Ref 105-003 65 Ed White

High Bid: $7,388.91
Bids: 9
Time Left:
7d 20h 1m


1965 Ed White Omega Speedmaster 105.003

High Bid: $6,600.00
Bids: 52
Time Left:
1d 29m


LNIB Omega Speedmaster Professional 3572.50

High Bid: $3,300.00
Bids: 59
Time Left:
2d 11h 42m


Omega Speedmaster Prof Moon Watch 3570.50.00 UNWORN, NOS: 4 in the world FULLSET

High Bid: $3,065.09
Bids: 38
Time Left:
7d 9h 1m


Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 311.30.42.30.01.005

High Bid: $2,816.70
Bids: 13
Time Left:
1d 19h 3m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PANDA 323.30.40.40.04.001 Automatic

High Bid: $2,600.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
3d 1h 36m


Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse 318.92.45.79.03.001 Limited Watch

High Bid: $2,500.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 16h 6m


Omega Speedmaster Racing Blue Co-axial Chronograph 40mm Chronometer Si14 3330

High Bid: $2,419.23
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 18h 48m


Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch with papers, collectors box, and extra straps 

High Bid: $2,395.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
5d 21h 36m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH "FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE"

High Bid: $2,100.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
4d 22h 57m


Seiko Speedmaster Prospex SBDP021 Takuya Yura Bullhead Limited Edition (173/600)

High Bid: $1,809.01
Bids: 15
Time Left:
3d 14h 17m


Vintage Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon ref.145.022-74st Cal.861 No Reserve!

High Bid: $1,775.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
5d 18h 35m


Omega Speedmaster Reduced automatic chronograph - box and papers

High Bid: $1,707.09
Bids: 37
Time Left:
13h 26m


Omega Speedmaster FOIS First Omega in Space 311.32.40.30.01.001

High Bid: $1,693.00
Bids: 39
Time Left:
2d 17h 33m


Omega Speedmaster Automatic Reduced Ref: 3510.50 Serial 58810783

High Bid: $1,425.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
17h 8m


Scarce Omega Speedmaster variant, Numbered Lug, R serial Number

High Bid: $1,415.36
Bids: 29
Time Left:
17h 14m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Watch 3510.50 w/Box Serviced on July

High Bid: $1,250.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
1d 3h 47m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark 2 Gold Plated Cal 861 Original

High Bid: $1,200.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
1d 17h 25m


Omega Speedmaster Automatic Reduced Ref: 3510.50 Serial 57061507

High Bid: $1,125.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
5d 17h 7m


OMEGA Speedmaster Automatic Triple Calendar Watch Mark40 Cosmos w/Box 3520.50

High Bid: $1,101.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
6d 3h 40m


Vintage Omega Speedmaster MARK II RARE Racing Dial

High Bid: $1,100.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
3d 11h 44m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH IN VERY GOOD AL ROUND CONDITION.

High Bid: $1,000.05
Bids: 12
Time Left:
7d 17h 49m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark 4 Automatic Chronograph Cal 1040 Vintage

High Bid: $1,000.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
1d 17h 16m


OMEGA Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Ref. 3510.50.00, SS, 39 MM.

High Bid: $960.00
Bids: 35
Time Left:
9d 1h 3m