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FS 1958 Omega Speedmaster ref. CK 2915-2

  1. themattedial May 15, 2022

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    Up for sale is a very nice example of a scarce early Omega Speedmaster reference 2915-2. The watch is in very good overall condition, was serviced by LAWW in 2020, and is a stunner on the wrist. It comes with an extract from Omega confirming the reference and delivery to Austria in 1958. While it doesn't have its original stainless steel bezel, I've priced the watch accordingly and hope to find someone searching for a more affordable example of an extremely rare piece that is in otherwise very desirable condition. I've owned this watch for ~4 years and purchased it from a collector/dealer who took it on trade from the person who acquired it from the original owner. I'm selling this as part of a larger consolidation I've been trying to start during COVID times (yet somehow more watches seem to have come in ?... hmm). I've done my best to take some well-lit photos and point out all of the relevant details in the description, but please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at all. Hoping this one finds its way to a great new home – it's a very special watch!

    Dial/Hands: The watch has its original oval "O" dial with radium lume and original handset. In the photos you will notice some minor lume loss at the ends of a few indices and a bit more missing from the middle of 7 marker. There are some small scratches in the seconds register that are visible in the photos, presumably from a long-ago service. During service, I had the minute hand relumed and color-matched with period-correct material as a large chunk of lume had fallen away (likely many years ago). The sub-dial hands look to have been touched up sometime ago (perhaps during a prior service). The watch registers around 1.45 μSv/h, which is clearly radium, but less radioactive than something like a Ranchero. I've spoken to a number of serious speedy collectors about this (including some who may or may not run entire websites about Speedmasters) and the consensus is that there's a lot of observed variation on examples of these early 50s and 60s Speedies.

    Case/Bezel: Original case with original beveled caseback that is stamped on the inside with the reference 2915-2. Outside caseback markings have faded from wear, but correct SPEEDMASTER text on bevel is still visible. The case has wear and scratches throughout as you would expect for a watch of this age. Over a 60+ year life, I can imagine it's taken a polish, but the case is thick, strong and looks great. This watch is missing it's original stainless steel bezel. Rather than leaving it "naked" as found, I purchased a very good aftermarket round-top 3 bezel and fitted to the watch to complete the piece. I've reduced the price of this watch significantly from what it would be if the original bezel was present.

    Crown/Pushers: Correct 24 tooth flat foot Omega crown. Winds smoothly and is slightly off center axis. Pushers are there correct small pushers for this reference.

    Movement: Omega calibre 321. Fully overhauled in 2020 by LAWW, winding smoothly and running very strong.

    Accessories: The watch comes with a 7077 / 6 (real!) with a 1959 date code that is not original to the watch (I purchased it from a friend a few years ago). I will also include a second aftermarket bezel from a maker in the UK that is acid-etched and faithful to the original design. The watch also comes with its extract from the Omega archives confirming delivery to Austria in 1958.

    I'm asking $70,000 for this piece, which to me is fair given the missing original bezel, overall condition of the piece otherwise, and it's scarcity. This includes fully insured overnight shipping in the US via Fedex. Payment via direct bank wire only. CONUS sale strongly preferred, but willing to discuss details of international transactions.

    Thanks to OF for the space!
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    Here's the additional flat-top 3 bezel that will be included with the sale:
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  2. perenowell May 15, 2022

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    Wow! Stunning!
    GLWS!!
     
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  3. themattedial May 16, 2022

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    Thanks very much -- she is indeed a stunner!
     
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  4. themattedial May 18, 2022

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    bump
     
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  5. gbesq May 18, 2022

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    The problem is that I never seem to have $70k in spare cash sitting around when I really need it. Damn kids … :) Stunning watch.
     
  6. keepsonticking May 18, 2022

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    It's great to see one of these made available aside from an auction and at a price that is very reasonable. The bezels also look great. I'm sorely tempted, but I've been on a recent spending spree...and I have a pair much like it cluttering up the bank box already. Hopefully it will find a good home without requiring someone sell their home to cover the cost.;)

    It's staggering to think you could just about trade two contemporary Speedmasters with the cartoon dog dial for this amazing piece.
     
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  7. themattedial May 18, 2022

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    I agree -- kind of crazy to think that any handful of modern pieces could add up to something like this. I hope it finds a good home too!
     
  8. themattedial May 22, 2022

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    Weekend bump
     
  9. teojjsg May 24, 2022

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    Amazing! GLWS! I hope it stays in the community.
     
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  10. themattedial May 28, 2022

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    Bump!
     
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  11. Faz May 28, 2022

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    I’ll enjoy the pictures of this rare bird and congratulate the future owner in advance. It’s all I can muster!
    Ohhh…..and GLWTS!
     
  12. themattedial May 28, 2022

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    Thanks very much. Just saw the crazy result at Phillips for the 2915-1. Someone is going to get a deal on this!
     
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  13. themattedial Jun 2, 2022

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    Bump
     
  14. themattedial Jun 5, 2022

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    A had a few DMs recently asking whether or not I would consider trades… I would consider a trade but hopefully only one or at most two watch trades. Thanks everyone!
     
  15. EdtheAussie Jun 5, 2022

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    Awesome piece, an endgame speedy!
     
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  16. themattedial Jun 11, 2022

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    I’m puzzled that this is still available, especially with recent auction results. :) bump for the weekend.
     
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  17. Engee Jun 11, 2022

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    I agree, but I just checked my wallet and I’ve only got $67k in there so need to pass.
     
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  18. themattedial Jun 11, 2022

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    The rest is surely just buried in the couch cushions :)
     
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  19. JwRosenthal Jun 11, 2022

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    He may have a couple singles tucked in his g-string.
     
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  20. Engee Jun 12, 2022

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    That may have been the case back in the early days of my pole-dancing career. Now I’m only likely to find a bit of loose change in there at the end of an evening.
     
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