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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 SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL 18 K GOLD

High Bid: $7,600.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
3d 15h 16m


Omega CK2998 Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph Limited Edition Watch No Reserve

High Bid: $4,650.00
Bids: 21
Time Left:
3d 11h 41m


Omega Speedmaster Professional - 145.022 Cal 863 + Italian Military Dial/hands!

High Bid: $3,569.25
Bids: 37
Time Left:
2d 6h 44m


Mint Omega Speedmaster Professional TinTin Racing Moon Watch 311.30.42.30.01.004

High Bid: $3,150.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
4d 10h 39m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL MOON WATCH 42MM

High Bid: $2,824.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
3d 19h 48m


Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch OM3570.50 Hesalite Wrist Watch 

High Bid: $2,750.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
4d 10h 36m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch C.1863 Display Back 42 mm Mint & Unworn

High Bid: $2,650.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
2d 12h 47m


Vintage Omega Speedmaster MKII

High Bid: $2,096.78
Bids: 1
Time Left:
13h


Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3576.50.00 Wrist Watch for Men

High Bid: $2,075.00
Bids: 24
Time Left:
5d 20h 33m


OMEGA Speedmaster Automatic Watch Reduced Sapphire Crystal 3539.50 Serviced Feb

High Bid: $1,750.00
Bids: 53
Time Left:
22h 53m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER REDUCED CHRONOGRAPH STEEL AUTOMATIC 1140 EXCELLENT

High Bid: $1,575.00
Bids: 32
Time Left:
4d 15h 47m


Omega Speedmaster Mark II100% authentic

High Bid: $1,500.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 20h 1m


Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50 Brilliant Condition Full Set! Jewellery BoxNR!

High Bid: $1,474.77
Bids: 31
Time Left:
3d 1m


Omega Speedmaster Automatic Reduced Ref: 3510.50 Serial 58385489

High Bid: $1,350.00
Bids: 10
Time Left:
12h 24m


Omega SpeedMaster Automatic Date Chronograph Watch Ref.351135000 Calibre No.1152

High Bid: $1,333.57
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 5h 41m


OMEGA SPEED MASTER MARK40 COSMOS 3520.50 MENS WATCH TRIPLE CALENDAR CF5555 CR2

High Bid: $1,325.00
Bids: 29
Time Left:
2d 23h 11m


Excellent Pre-Owned Omega Speedmaster Automatic Watch 3510.50

High Bid: $1,250.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
2d 16h 45m


Omega Speedmaster 3520.50 Watch automatic chronograph triple date calendar mk40

High Bid: $1,250.00
Bids: 21
Time Left:
2d 22h 31m


OMEGA Speedmaster Automatic 175.0041 cal 3220 Vintage Mother of Pearl

High Bid: $1,200.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 16h 3m


OMEGA Speedmaster Schumacher 3519.50 Chronograph Automatic Men's

High Bid: $1,125.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
2d 14h 23m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II Completely Original Serviced NR!!

High Bid: $1,082.54
Bids: 21
Time Left:
3d 16h 44m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Watch 3510.50 Cal.1140 w/Box

High Bid: $1,051.00
Bids: 33
Time Left:
1d 22h 47m


Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Watch

High Bid: $1,035.00
Bids: 45
Time Left:
1d 21h 1m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER REDUCED DATE SWISS CHRONOGRAPH WITH BOTH BOXES INSTRUCTIONS

High Bid: $1,030.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
2d 18h 19m


OMEGA SPEED MASTER 3510.50 CHRONOGRAPH MENS AUTOMATIC 100% Authentic CF4909 CR2

High Bid: $1,025.00
Bids: 37
Time Left:
2d 23h 19m