A perfectly aged OMEGA Speedmaster CK2915-1 sold for a world record price of CHF 3,115,500 ($3.4 million) at Phillips Auction House in Geneva. The striking timepiece was among the first batch of OMEGA Speedmaster watches released in 1957 as part of the brand’s “Trilogy” of professional watches, which also included the Seamaster 300 and Railmaster.
This extraordinary OMEGA was often exposed to full sunlight, resulting in a unique “tropical” dial that has aged to a milk-chocolate shade. The luminous material on both the dial and hands have aged at the same pace, giving the display an attractive golden tone. The brown tone of the watch is incredibly even throughout.
OMEGA watches with the reference CK2915, were only manufactured between 1957 and 1959 and produced in just three different variants, making the CK2915-1 one of the very first and most collectible Speedmaster models. Unlike the later generation models, the timepiece includes the large “Broad Arrow” minute and hour hands, the metal bezel and unique dial graphics, distinguishable by the oval “O” of OMEGA.
The first-generation model, reference CK2915, is often regarded 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 mighty Calibre 321, an extremely robust and reliable movement.
The new owner of the rare timepiece received an OMEGA “Extract from the Archives” confirming production of the present watch on November 22, 1957 – and original product literature.