The Speedmaster selling price breaks the new world record

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A perfectly aged OMEGA Speedmaster was sold for a world record price of CHF 3,115,500 at the Phillips auction house in Geneva

The OMEGA Speedmaster CK2915-1 sold for CHF 3,115,500, far exceeding the estimated auction price of between 80,000 and 120,000 Swiss francs.

The extraordinary timepiece was among the first batches of OMEGA Speedmaster watches released in 1957 as part of the brand’s “Trilogy” of professional watches, which also included the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster.

Photo credits: Phillips

Although many collectibles are prized for being kept safe in the dark for decades, this extraordinary OMEGA has lived an active life, often in full sunlight, resulting in a unique “tropical” dial that has aged in a vibrant hue of milk chocolate.

In addition to being rich and vivid, the brown tone is incredibly even.

In addition, the luminous material on both the dial and the hands has aged at the same pace, giving the display an attractive gold tone. This uniformity of color also confirms that the watch has not undergone any disruptive maintenance.

OMEGA watches with the reference CK2915 were only made between 1957 and 1959 and produced in just three different iterations, making the CK2915-1 one of the earliest and most collectible Speedmaster models.

Key differences from next generation models include the large “Broad Arrow” minute and hour hands, metal bezel and unique dial graphics, distinguishable from OMEGA’s oval “O”.

The first generation model, reference CK 2915, is considered by collectors as “the grail”. It was the first chronograph to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel, rather than the dial, and the first Speedmaster to draw its power from the powerful caliber 321, an extremely robust and reliable movement.

In addition to the watch, the proud new owner received an OMEGA “Extract from the Archives” confirming the production of the current watch on November 22, 1957 and the original product documentation.

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