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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 HODINKEE 10th anniversary Limited edition watch, only 500 made

High Bid: $7,700.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
11h 25m


Omega Speedmaster 3570.40 Mitsukoshi Racing, Japan only, 2004pcs ltd.ed., unused

High Bid: $6,000.00
Bids: 5
Time Left:
4d 9h 35m


Omega Speedmaster 145012 67 SP 321 Vintage Chronograph Moon Watch Manual Wind

High Bid: $4,349.00
Bids: 35
Time Left:
2d 1h 40m


BNIB OMEGA SPEEDMASTER TOKYO 2020, LIMITED EDITION PANDA, JAPAN MARKET ONLY

High Bid: $4,275.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
2d 7h 40m


Omega Speedmaster Professional TI 345.0810 Titanium C.866 Moonphase 42MM Chrono

High Bid: $3,450.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
3d 6h 34m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch boxed in good condition.

High Bid: $2,547.97
Bids: 14
Time Left:
1d 21h 51m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL MOON VINTAGE WATCH 145.022 STRAIGHT WRITTING

High Bid: $2,413.88
Bids: 51
Time Left:
6h 35m


Omega Speedmaster Vintage watch only

High Bid: $2,025.00
Bids: 34
Time Left:
1d 21h 10m


Vintage Antique Old Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Wristwatch

High Bid: $1,925.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
2d 6h 2m


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

High Bid: $1,914.17
Bids: 23
Time Left:
1d 5h 6m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER RACING CO-AXIAL CHRONOGRAPH 40 MM Watch 326.32.40.50.02.001

High Bid: $1,850.00
Bids: 49
Time Left:
1d 5h 46m


Omega Speedmaster Chonometer Chronograph Mint! Ceramic Current Model Full Set NR

High Bid: $1,719.20
Bids: 39
Time Left:
1d 5h 7m


Omega Speedmaster Automatic Mark 40 Rare Red Black! Mint! Serviced Full Set! NR!

High Bid: $1,683.76
Bids: 31
Time Left:
1d 5h 8m


Omega Speedmaster Cosmos Triple Date! Mint! Serviced 2019! Full Set! NR!

High Bid: $1,541.97
Bids: 27
Time Left:
1d 5h 7m


Omega speedmaster automatic 3510.50

High Bid: $1,400.00
Bids: 27
Time Left:
2d 3h 13m


OMEGA Speedmaster Limited Edition Schumacher Automatic Watch 3518.50 Serviced

High Bid: $1,400.00
Bids: 26
Time Left:
2d 10h 42m


Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Black Dial 39mm Stainless 175.0032 RUNS

High Bid: $1,325.00
Bids: 38
Time Left:
2d 8h 17m


OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 18K GOLD & STEEL CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC REF 175.0043

High Bid: $1,235.00
Bids: 31
Time Left:
6d 3h 42m


Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Wrist Watch for Men

High Bid: $1,220.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
1d 21h 31m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Triple Calendar Watch 3523.80 w/Box

High Bid: $1,175.00
Bids: 42
Time Left:
1d 10h 35m


Omega Speedmaster Automatic Reduced Ref: 3510.50 Box & Warranty Card Good!

High Bid: $1,136.00
Bids: 7
Time Left:
4d 13m


Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II Chronograph 42mm Manual  145.014 1969

High Bid: $1,093.67
Bids: 12
Time Left:
2d 18h 36m


Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Black Dial 39mm Stainless 3513.50 Papers

High Bid: $1,075.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
1d 21h 57m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Date Watch 3511.50 w/Box Serviced on Dec

High Bid: $1,025.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
10h 45m


OMEGA Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Triple Calendar Watch 3521.80 Serviced

High Bid: $1,010.00
Bids: 44
Time Left:
10h 30m