This beautiful and original Speedmaster 2998-6 has just come in to our possession, one of the last 2998’s produced. Early Speedmasters are increasing in value steadily and gone are the days of buying good 2998’s for £1500 – £2000. This example is a beautiful and original piece, it came to us with the original box and papers and also the factory option DS&S mesh band.
We are delighted to have acquired this piece. The case and bezel are in excellent original condition; we have had the case lightly refinished at Omega but retained the original character. The dial and hands are in remarkable and unmolested condition, as is the movement, which is running perfectly.
The 2998 models were the second incarnation of the Speedmaster. The 2998 accompanied both Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper on the Mercury space missions as their own personal watches , which then ultimately led to NASA taking up the Speedmaster models as their certified EVA watches of choice.
The Speedmaster 2998 ran for a relatively short period of time between 1960 and 1962/3, at which point is was replaced by the 105.002 and then the 105.003. Many 2998’s suffered the same fate as numerous 2915’s in that they had service hands and dials fitted at later dates, some even had service movements and most had replacement bezels. We are delighted our example has none of these later additions.