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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

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Omega Speedmaster | Limited Edition for Hodinkee (500 pieces)

High Bid: $9,350.00
Bids: 29
Time Left:
2d 11h 19m


OMEGA Speedmaster Ref# ST105.003 Circa 1967 Pre Moon Chronograph Wristwatch

High Bid: $5,300.00
Bids: 45
Time Left:
18h 21m


Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.012-67 Moonwatch cal. 321 Don over 90

High Bid: $4,500.00
Bids: 39
Time Left:
4d 10h 58m


1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional ST145.022-68 'Transitional' pre moon watch

High Bid: $3,610.49
Bids: 20
Time Left:
5d 15h 52m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022-69 c.1969/70

High Bid: $3,500.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
15h 13m


Omega Speedmaster Professional (Bracelet & Leather Strap) #311.30.42.30.01.005

High Bid: $3,200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 20h 51m


Mint Omega Speedmaster professional 42mm Ltd Ed Box Full Set Straps Moon Watch

High Bid: $3,150.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
4d 17h 55m


Omega Speedmaster Professional moon watch 3570.50

High Bid: $2,700.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
13h 29m


Omega speedmaster professional moon watch

High Bid: $2,225.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
16h 57m


VINTAGE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH TV SCREEN AUTOMATIC CAL.1045 REF.176.0014

High Bid: $2,025.00
Bids: 28
Time Left:
17h 8m


Omega Speedmaster 311.33.42.30.01.001 Wrist Watch for Men

High Bid: $2,025.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
6d 5h 22m


Omega Speedmaster Reduced Awesome Moonwatch Mint! Serviced! Full Set! NR!

High Bid: $1,874.08
Bids: 26
Time Left:
2d 18h 4m


Omega Speedmaster crater box, 145.22 moonwatch, stunning cond. Watch Box. (23)

High Bid: $1,702.48
Bids: 35
Time Left:
1d 14h 2m


Omega Speedmaster Racing Chronometer Men's Watch 32630405006001

High Bid: $1,432.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
3d 19h 52m


Vintage Omega Omega speedmaster automatic antique 1990, hosehair

High Bid: $1,425.00
Bids: 29
Time Left:
2d 12h 14m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase Anniversary watch 3689.30.31 18kt

High Bid: $1,300.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
2d 12h 43m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Watch Ref:3510.50

High Bid: $1,225.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
1d 21h 36m


Vintage Omega Speedmaster Chronograph CAL. 1143 Automatic 39mm

High Bid: $976.00
Bids: 28
Time Left:
1d 11h 6m


VINTAGE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH 861 MARK II MANUAL-WIND STEEL REF.145.014

High Bid: $950.00
Bids: 36
Time Left:
5d 15h 52m


OMEGA SPEED MASTER 3510.50 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC MENS WATCH GUARANTEE CF6204

High Bid: $930.00
Bids: 18
Time Left:
3d 21h 44m


Omega speedmaster day date Dec 2004.

High Bid: $908.42
Bids: 9
Time Left:
3d 12h 39m


OMEGA STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC SPEEDMASTER Cal. 1155 CHRONOGRAPH WATCH C. 1993

High Bid: $897.00
Bids: 26
Time Left:
3d 21h 7m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Date Mens Watch Ref:3513.30

High Bid: $870.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
3d 21h 8m


OMEGA SPEED MASTER DATE 3511.80 BLUE AUTO MENS WATCH SS 100%AUTHENTIC CF5946

High Bid: $810.00
Bids: 47
Time Left:
3d 21h 48m


VINTAGE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH MARK V AUTOMATIC CAL.1045 REF.376.0806

High Bid: $760.00
Bids: 41
Time Left:
1d 15h 52m