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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 DARK SIDE OF THE MOON GOLD & CERAMIC BOX & PAPERS 311.63.44.5

High Bid: $6,000.00
Bids: 39
Time Left:
18h 7m


Men's MINT Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph 42m Watch - NEW NEVER WORN

High Bid: $2,950.00
Bids: 21
Time Left:
2d 19h 42m


Omega SPEEDMASTER MICHAEL SCHUMACHER THE LEGEND LIMITED EDITION 3559.32.00 

High Bid: $2,899.00
Bids: 3
Time Left:
1d 19h 27m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Wrist Watch Men 311.30.42.30.01.005

High Bid: $2,800.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
20h 41m


1983 VINTAGE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH MOON WATCH REF. 145.022 78 CAL. 861

High Bid: $1,675.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
6d 17h 39m


omega speedmaster broad arrow

High Bid: $1,670.78
Bids: 21
Time Left:
5d 49m


Omega Speedmaster Racing Grey Dial Black Rubber Mens Watch 32632405006001

High Bid: $1,655.72
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 7h 51m


Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph Watch 311.30.42.30.01.005

High Bid: $1,610.87
Bids: 16
Time Left:
6d 12h 27m


Omega Speedmaster 352050 Wrist Watch for Men - Recently Serviced by Omega

High Bid: $1,500.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 10h 54m


Omega Speedmaster 3510.50

High Bid: $1,450.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
13h 31m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC STEEL & 18K GOLD BEZEL GUILLOCHE DIAL

High Bid: $1,415.00
Bids: 65
Time Left:
13h 27m


Genuine OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch,Plus Genuine replacement glass

High Bid: $1,278.05
Bids: 9
Time Left:
6d 12h 50m


Omega Speedmaster Day-date Chrono 3520.50.00

High Bid: $1,225.00
Bids: 60
Time Left:
1d 4h 28m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Triple Calendar Watch 3523.80 Serviced

High Bid: $1,152.00
Bids: 49
Time Left:
20h 25m


Omega Speedmaster Date 3513.33

High Bid: $1,026.00
Bids: 6
Time Left:
1d 3h 33m


Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Michael Schumacher Men’s Wrist Watch Swiss

High Bid: $970.00
Bids: 32
Time Left:
3d 11h 37m


Omega Speedmaster Reduced Wrist Watch for Men (1152)

High Bid: $822.00
Bids: 27
Time Left:
17h 26m


Omega Speedmaster 105.003-63 Caseback, Ed White, Pre Moon, Double Bevelled.

High Bid: $778.81
Bids: 31
Time Left:
6d 11h 58m


Omega Speedmaster 321 Movement, 105.003-63, It will fit Speedmasters to 1968.

High Bid: $678.96
Bids: 31
Time Left:
6d 12h 9m


Omega Speedmaster 640 End Links 1175/630 endlinks Cal 861 321 Vintage

High Bid: $527.71
Bids: 22
Time Left:
3d 15h 20m


RARE OMEGA 1970s Speedmaster 125 Ref. 178.0002 "TACHYMETRE" Wristwatch Case NOS

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
2d 4h 13m


omega speedmaster automatic chronograph Mens Watch

High Bid: $510.00
Bids: 21
Time Left:
6d 22h 30m


Vintage Omega Speedmaster 2998 105003 case body straight lug parts repair

High Bid: $505.89
Bids: 9
Time Left:
9d 7h 59m


1171 BRACELET & 633 END LINKS 4 OMEGA SPEEDMASTER & MOONWATCH

High Bid: $369.79
Bids: 2
Time Left:
17h 32m


Omega Speedmaster Bracelet 1171/633 NOS (New)

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
51m 21s