Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels
17 July 2019 | Monaco | Lot 140
Omega An absolutely exceptional and possibly unique Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow reference 2915-2 in stainless steel with very charming tropical brown dial, made for the Peruvian Air Fo
Estimate € 150,000 – 300,000
Model: Speedmaster Broad Arrow
Material: Stainless Steel for FAP
Reference N°: 2915-2
Movement N°: 16648641
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
Accessories: Extract of Records and Book
One of the privileges of this job is surely that of having the possibility of seeing up close, studying and admiring some of the most beautiful watches that have ever been created during the history of watchmaking. It is also undeniable, however, that after so many years in this sector the number of watches that can amaze you tapers more and more and at the same time those days in which you can come across a truly special object become increasingly rare. But today it is one of those rare days when you can present an almost unique piece to all watch lovers.
The lot offered here is a magnificent specimen of Omega Speedmaster 2915, one of the most important references throughout the whole history of Omega. It was nicknamed “The Broad Arrow” due to its oddly oversize arrowhead shaped hour hand that has now become the distinctive trait of this model.
Produced from 1957 to 1959, this special reference has been released in three versions: 1, 2 (such as the present lot) and 3. The 2915-1 and -2 are the first Speedmaster ever produced and are now an object of desire of a large number of collectors. Very similar to each other, these models were the first chronograph to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel and differ from each other only in small details and graphic variations on the tachymeter scale of some 2915-1. The third one can instead be considered a transitional model between the references 2915-2 and 2998 with which the 2915-3 shares many features, such as the alpha hands and the bezel with black insert.
The present 2915-2 it’s a real chimera due to the rarities that characterize it. First of all, the great overall condition of preservation being this a watch produced in 1959 as confirmed by Omega’s Extract from the Archives of which this watch is provided. The luminous material of indexes and hands has evenly aged. The dial is a real delight for the eyes with the harmonious and balanced brown Van Dyke “tropical” color it has turned during the years which gives the watch a very fresh and unique appearance. A further rarity is represented by the special FAP engraving on the outer caseback. The acronym FAP was reported on wristwatches delivered to the pilots of the Peruvian Air Force and nowadays specimens with this engraving are really hard to find.
Considering all these features, the present watch is an extremely rarified opportunity for the passionate of high-end vintage timepieces to add to their collections one of the nicest and rarest examples ever produced by Omega and indisputably one of the most elusive pieces ever.
The present watch is depicted on the cover page of Paul White’s Book “I Cronografi da polso — Presziose memorie del XX secolo — Volume III”