There are several Speedmasters coming for sale by Bukowski’s in Sweden on 25th October 2017, and here are the details of the two 2915’s. I have not worked with this auction house but I have seen several successful sales to friends who work happily with them.
Try as I might, I cannot see if they charge a sellers premium, nor any sales tax. I have asked them to clarify.
Currently the Swedish Krona is 8.155283 SEK to $1 – I have quoted USD estimates, which the auctioneers give as one figure as opposed to a range.
This reference is terribly difficult to authenticate, so buying is often influenced by a history, and from the seller. This seller has a god reputation in buisiness, but very few of us have the confidence to jusdge a 2915 to 100% correctness in the same way that many can judge any other speedmaster reference. There is so much money riding on these, you must do your own due dilligence on the watch and not take anything I say as gospel. Dont take anything anyone says as gospel when it comes to a 2915. Know you are going in with the big boys and you might get bruised.
The reason I do not know as much about 2915’s in general is simply because I have not handled very many, in the same way as I have handles hundreds of 321 calibres of other references.
But we can proceed with a cool head, and using all our skills gathered over the years to make an informed opinion.
We need to make sure on a 2915 that dial, bezel and hands are original. Of course the rest too, but these items are a huge part of the value and are the parts most likely to have been changed. Of course notably the last 2915 Christies sold had a laser welded case, but that was obvious in hand.
There are plenty of very good reproduction bezels around. It is very, very hard to call them, as the originals had considerable variation – possibly hand engraved? I just dont know. The current service bezel is easy to spot as it has a larger font, and different profile. (See the second watch).
Lot 45 Omega Speedmaster 2915-1
Estimate USD $94,000
The auctioneers state this was manufactured June 6th, 1958, delivered to Sweden. The auctioneer also states the watch was found by the owners son in the attic. (Wonderful! The history is getting to me…..).
Lets go through the important points:
Above we see the flattened “O” in Omega. The dial has no obvious step, and therefore I would accept this as original. The dial itself is in good condition and shows little damage, under the scratches on the glass. I think all the white scratches and lines are on the glass. There appear to be no watchmaker damages to the dial.
If the auctioneer is correct and this is a one owner little used watch, then the bezel might be assumed original, and indeed the font is the same as others I have seen declared original. Note the flat top on the “A”and the thin font generally. Contrast that with the second watch.
We have a glimpse of the hands and they show a cross curvature that is in the original. The lume of the hands and the plots is well matched, will can be a red light, but they do look in original condition to me.
The insides look very clean, and there is no evidence of work on the movement.
Note that the screw heads are clean, and the parts are crisp.
The serial fits with range of the known examples. Again this photo shows very clean and untouched parts.
There is however a small issue, there is a screw, missing. Or more accurately I think the head of the screw as I think I can see the rest of it in the plate. This would not stop me one bit, and I am happy no clown tried to fix it before the sale.
Of course we have to wonder why it snapped off, and where is the head, and did it rattle around inside for a while? Even so, I dont see any damage and it indicated the watch has not been messed with, as if we need more.
Now we look at the case, and here is the back:
Here we see the “Speedmaster” engraving at the edge of the case back. Note also the clear bezel definition. I have not seen a case back in such good condition. It looks hardly worn. Here we can see also the early No6 endlinks with the single slot.
Also note the pushers:
These are either new, or the watch has hardly has any use at all. I think these pushers if new, are of the old design.
To summarise, I like this watch very much – it looks very little used, and in very fine condition. It is much better than any 2915 I have seen in auction during the last two years.
The watch comes on an original 7077 with correct single slot No6 endlinks.
What is it worth? Well I would not be surprised if it sold for double the estimate.
The link to the auction is here
Lot 46 Omega Speedmaster 2915-1
There is a second 2915 in this auction. (Reminds me of the old days of Antiquorum, which was the last auction I saw more than one 2915-1 in the sale).
The Auctioneer states this was manufactured March 24th, 1958, delivered to Sweden.
Lets look closer, at the dial and bezel. I am confident the bezel is a new service replacement. Here is proof of a new bezel, the flat side which is not on the older versions:
Also the pushers are taller than those in the watch above.
The bezel is clearly a service replacement and carries the wrong profile and the font is deep, clear and what I call too tall.
The serial is unusual but I have seen three others before. (in the 15500xxx range).
The dial looks correct, with the flat O in Omega:
Also I always look at the short indices on the subdial:
Here we can also see the dial has numerous evidence of age and there are scratches here and elsewhere on the dial. The big scratch might be on the glass, but we can see other damages on the dial. So the dial is correct, and in fairly good condition for the age, but it is following a very fine watch in the previous lot!
The back of the watch is harder to see, but you can just make out the Speedmaster engraving. You can also see the the bevel is polished and lacks the same definition as the watch above.
Also you can see the pushers are taller than I might expect.
The insides show a more typical picture of an old watch – still good condition, but some wear and age – again this contrasts with the watch above. Note the darkened areas:
Now to be clear, I am not criticising this watch, rather I am using it to show how good the first watch is. Collectors often do not discern the differences in the movement, but I do. The first watch is a vastly superior quality in this area.
This watch is on leather. So no premium for a bracelet, and we have to take off value for the bezel.
This is a valuable watch, just overshadowed by the fine watch in the lot before. I would think that if Christies had these watches, they would have separated them in the selling order, but who knows. Maybe it makes no difference at all.
If I was to have to guess, I would say this would reach the estimate, and maybe more if the buyer does not mind the bezel.
You can see the lot here
(Header Image of Bukowski’s image from http://antiquesdiva.com – I hope they dont mind)