8,2 / 10
Early reference 2998-1
with Base 1000 bezel
#17.301.xxx has case reference 2998-1. It was produced in January 1960 and delivered to France.
Its parts are conform and its overall condition is very good. One can note its original Base 1000 bezel, and the amazing patina of its dial.
About the model
The Omega Speedmaster, born in 1957, is one of the most iconic wristwatches ever produced. Since 1965, it has been the choice of space programs for over half a century and has been associated with some of mankind’s greatest space adventures, earning it the name The Moonwatch.
Naturally, beyond its professional use for more than sixty years, the Speedmaster, with its incredible history and its timeless design, has appealed to a much wider public throughout the world.
The CK 2998 reference took over from the first model, CK 2915, in 1959 and its production is estimated at 8’000 watches, divided into 8 sub-references. Its main distinctive feature is the hour and minutes Alpha hands. The CK 2998 was the first Speedmaster in space, worn by Wally Schirra as his personal watch on the Sigma 7 mission of the Mercury program in October 1962. It was also the choice of two other Original Seven astronauts: Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton.