The original OMEGA CK 2998 was released in 1959 and, for collectors, it has since become one of the most sought-after vintage Speedmasters in the world. With its “Alpha” hands, symmetrical case and dark bezel, it has always had a strong following amongst the most
admiring watch enthusiasts. The model also has a particularly notable reputation as the “first OMEGA in space”. In 1962, astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra made history when he wore his own personal Speedmaster CK 2998 during the “Sigma 7” mission of the Mercury program. Today, OMEGA has used this classic model as inspiration for the new version. Though many of the iconic features have been retained, there are a few subtle updates to its design.
Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition
Limited edition 2,998 (individually numbered caseback along with the original Seahorse medallion and a “SPEEDMASTER” engraving)
All three subdials are black, as well as the minute track and the polished ceramic bezel with its white enamel pulsometer scale. There is also a black leather strap with a white rubber interior that has been micro-perforated. The pulsometer scale, which is used to check a person’s heartbeats per minute, has particular relevance to the CK 2998. With the original models, customers were able to choose from four different versions of the timing bezel (including tachymeter, pulsometer, decimal or telemeter).
The polished and brushed stainless steel case is complemented by a lightly sand-blasted silvery dial which is punctuated with luminous blackened “Alpha” hands are for the hours and minutes and sand-blasted rhodium-plated Alpha hands on the subdials. The chronograph seconds hand comes in varnished red.
The heritage of this model continues on the inside, as each Limited Edition is driven by the OMEGA Calibre 1861, a movement that is rooted in the history of the “Moonwatch”.