Tribute watches are all the rage these days. As collectors become more and more educated about vintage watches, contemporary watchmakers are trying to woo them with modern interpretations of the watches they might be lusting after in auction catalogs. Sometimes these watches are a massive success, capturing the spirit of the original; sometimes these watches are disappointing, taking something we love and mucking it up. With the CK2998, Omega has created one of the most compelling Speedmasters in recent history and a watch that flat-out makes me smile. It was launched in 2016 limited to 2998 pieces as a retro of the 1959 original.
The CK2998 limited edition is inspired by the original 1959 Speedmaster ref. 2998, the archetype for the Speedmaster as most of us know it. It was the first model to feature the black bezel commonly associated with this watch (previously the bezel was steel) and the little dial details, hand shapes, and case profile all make it a benchmark in the Speedy's history.
The watch we have here is 39.7mm across and 14.37mm thick, meaning it feels a little like a vintage watch right off the bat. The steel case has straight and simple pump pushers at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock. The most immediately apparent difference between the CK2998 and older Speedmasters is the color scheme. For this watch, Omega chose a new blue and silver combination that's reminiscent of a black and white panda dial. The ceramic bezel (with luminous markings), subdials, minutes track, and strap are all matching blue, while the ground of the dial has a semi-iridescent silver finish. In most lighting conditions, the combo reads more like navy and cream than bright blue and silver, but whatever you call it the colors are downright “handsome!”
This is limited to 2998 pieces, and I got two, one sold and this is the one carries a better Serial number 198X…
I am eager to sell it at a special Discount of the list price HK$47,800.
I have only one and I believe this is the one day brand new full set available in HK.
Interested party, please whatsapp me ASAP for more…