Omega Speedmaster Ref. 2998 "Lollipop"
Omega debuted the Speedmaster in 1957, with ref. 2915-1. This was the first chronograph to feature a bezel with a tachymeter on it, as the Speedmaster was originally intended for driving enthusiasts to measure speed. Right then it had the making of an ultra-iconic watch, but its illustrious history had yet to begin. After the Ref. 2915, Omega updated the Speedmaster in 1959 with ref. 2998. This watch was similar in appearance to the original, with the major differences including a new black bezel and "Alpha" style hands. These distinct characteristics make the 2998 one of the most important and beautiful watches the brand ever produced. But the 2998 is not just some watch that was a precursor to a truly iconic watch; these 2998’s were actually used by NASA in space. This is the same model that Wally Schirra wore into space during NASA's Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962. Schirra wore a 2998-4 and the example we have here is a 2998-3. It is essentially identical to the one worn by Schirra except for one incredibly rare and interesting feature. This piece possessing an incredible “Lollipop” chronograph hand. Not only is this distinct hand beautiful, but it makes this one of the most desirable 2998’s to hit the market in recent memory. This reference has the incredible designation of being the first Omega in space when Schirra wore his into orbit in 1962. This example is not only full of history but is incredibly attractive and in absolutely stunning condition. Its iconic dial is in picturesque condition with custard lume embellishing both its proprietary alpha hands and the lume plots on the dial. Its case is just as nice, and its beveling is still distinct and the lugs remain thick. Not to mention it also features possibly the most highly decorated chronograph movement ever produced in the caliber 321. It even retains its original flat link bracelet and its original (almost impossible to find) “6” endlinks. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a true investment-grade vintage Omega Speedmaster that is jam packed with history as well as being just down right stunning. This is a truly special piece and I couldn’t be happier to offer it in the Watch Shop!
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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