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My first vintage Speedmaster a reference 2998

  1. bigsom

    bigsom Feb 6, 2019

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    Well first I want to say thank you to this forum and it's mods for being such an amazing resource for collectors. I've met so many selfless people here willing to spend their time and energy in the pursuit of teaching and learning about watches. I must say, it is inspiring to be a part of this community. It takes a village to raise a vintage speedmaster lover, so thank you especially to @oddboy @gemini4 @smitty190373 @MikeMan2727 @sdre @Kali77 @Spacefruit and @toddle321 for their friendship , knowledge, and patience.

    Also lastly a big thanks to @simonfreese who helped sort this watch for me and did a fantastic job with the restoration of the minute and hour hands.

    Below are a few photos I've taken today after receiving this 19.58x.xxx reference 2998-61 with radium dial (not perfect but I really enjoy the original lume aging). As a side note, I was surprised that a - 6/61/62 would come with a radium dial but have since seen several examples including this beautiful example sold by the Davidoff Brothers http://www.db1983.com/our-archive/omega-speedmaster-ck-2998-61-1963

    Please excuse my excitement OF, here are some pics:
     
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  2. ATWG

    ATWG Feb 6, 2019

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    Stunning watch, wear it in good health!
     
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  3. Kali77

    Kali77 Feb 6, 2019

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    @bigsom Huge congrats!! What a beauty ::love::
     
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  4. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Feb 6, 2019

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    Awesome example. Enjoy!
     
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  5. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Feb 6, 2019

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    killer watch! looks fantastic!
     
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  6. WYO_Watch

    WYO_Watch Feb 6, 2019

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    Wow! What an awesome watch - and I love the black leather band with “patina stitching”
     
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  7. onthedial

    onthedial Feb 6, 2019

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    @bigsom
    I can imagine the smile on your face every time you strap it to your wrist.
    Well done!
     
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  8. boogedyboo

    boogedyboo Feb 6, 2019

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    Wow your FIRST vintage and it is an amazing one. Guess you subscribe to the "Go big or go home" mentality.

    Congratulations!
     
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  9. sdre

    sdre Feb 6, 2019

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    Congratulations brother. You always collect very well and I'm glad this one brings you just as much joy as did the hunt.
     
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  10. bigsom

    bigsom Feb 6, 2019

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    Thank you guys! Forgot this one in the sun:
     
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  11. jerryct

    jerryct Feb 6, 2019

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    This is insane. If you didn’t mention it is vintage, I would have thought it is some reissue.

    I believe you owe us a photo of the caseback
     
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  12. bigsom

    bigsom Feb 6, 2019

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    Sure! The lighting is a bit harsh at the bed lamp, but I think you can make out the engraving and the stepped case back.
     
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  13. kdtri1

    kdtri1 Feb 6, 2019

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    Great looking watch! Enjoy!
     
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  14. zrleopold

    zrleopold Feb 6, 2019

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    :eek::eek::eek:
     
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  15. harbwe5

    harbwe5 Feb 6, 2019

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    Hot damn. I don’t post often but this looks amazing. Congrats!
     
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  16. Dan S

    Dan S Feb 6, 2019

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    ::love::::love::::love:::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  17. ndgal

    ndgal Feb 6, 2019

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    That's a nice one. Congrats!
     
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  18. Philou

    Philou Feb 6, 2019

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    Beautiful watch ! :thumbsup:
     
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  19. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Feb 6, 2019

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    nice!
     
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  20. jerryct

    jerryct Feb 6, 2019

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    Floored :thumbsup:
     
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