Among the record results achieved during the Phillips x Bacs & Russo auction "The Geneva Watch Auction XIV", the one obtained by the Omega Speedmaster CK 2915-1, sold for the sum record of CHF 3.115.500 exceeding the estimated auction price between 80.000 and 120.000 Swiss francs.
The Speedmaster was born in 1957 by Mr. Pierre Moinat e Claude Ballot, Omega's designer at the time. The first reference is precisely the CK 2915-1 , nowadays the most sought after and perhaps the most beautiful of all, is part of the first Speedmaster series built and produced only between 1957 and 1959. Three different versions were in production for a total of about 3000 units. The advertising of the time proposed the innovative model to the "men who calculate time in seconds“, And has been used over time by race car drivers, engineers and professionals who have faced time in their work.
This model, the progenitor of the Omega Speedmasters, has among its peculiarities the case with "straight lugs"Of 39mm, one steel bezel with tachymeter scale and hands "Broad Arrow", until that time used on diving watches. The manual movement that was used was the cal. "27CHRO C12", known as 321 caliber and revived with great enthusiasm by Omega in 2019.
But what made this Speedmaster CK 2915-1 so special? Definitely the dial, defined as “tropical”, toned in a sumptuous chocolate tone. Unlike other “tropical” specimens, this Omega Speedmaster has taken on a uniform hue over time.
The watch features an exceptional “tropical” dial that is aged in a vibrant milk chocolate hue.
The brown tone is not only rich and vivid, it is also incredibly even. Additionally, the luminous material on both the dial and the hands is aged in an attractive gold tone. This uniformity of color also confirms that the watch has not undergone any disruptive maintenance.
Although the price reached by this particular specimen is truly surprising, especially considering the absence of a bracelet and a bezel that rightly shows all the signs of aging, theOMEGA Speedmaster CK2915 it has all the elements to be considered as one of the most iconic chronographs in the world of watchmaking, as well as one of the most beautiful: manufacture movement, disruptive and timeless design, right proportions.
We are therefore pleased to note an increase in the value of this reference, which just five years ago was sold for much less than 80 CHF and which is finally being rewarded by collectors.
To find out more about the history of the Omega Speedmaster, read our article at this link