Omega Speedmaster CK2998 is a limited edition watch, and features some of the attributes that make the 2998 such a fun, desirable watch. The design notes they took directly from the 2998-1: the alpha hands for hours and minutes and all sub-registers. We have a base 1000 bezel, and even a lollipop seconds hand! The lollipop hand is one of the most loved and desired traits in a vintage Speedy, so it’s fun to see it in the re-edition of the 2998. Related Replica Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch CK2998 Limited Edition, from Baselworld 2016, it’s likeable for those very reasons. Modelled on the original Speedmaster CK2998, the reissue has the styling of the original, but with a modern colour scheme as well as better materials. The CK2998 was the second Speedmaster model; the first being the exceptionally valuable CK2915, which, as sure as the Speedmaster went to the moon, will return as a limited edition remake one day. The original CK2998 has several crucial elements that characterise it: lance-shaped “alpha” hands, the “Base 1000” tachymetre bezel, a “lollipop” seconds hand, and straight lugs. All of them have made it into the reissue.
The Omega Speedmaster CK2998 remake has all the key details of the original, the blue and silver colour scheme is new, and handsome. The look is that of a new watch with a hint of vintage, rather than trying too hard to mimic the original. All the baton hour markers are polished and applied to the dial; ditto for the Omega logo. The blue bezel insert is fade-resistant ceramic that’s been engraved and filled with Super-Luminova so its markings glow in the dark. And the sapphire crystal is “box-form”, meaning it rises above the bezel with a slight domed profile, a shape that costs notably more than an ordinary flat crystal. More importantly, it looks more congruent with the retro style, since it approximates the look of a mineral crystal while being scratch-resistant.
The 39.7 mm steel case with straight lugs and a 19 mm-wide strap, just like the original. But it has the precise finish that’s distinct to modern watches, with brushed flanks and polished top surfaces. The case back, on the other hand, is a modern addition, embossed with a hobnail finish and a relief Speedmaster seahorse logo. Underneath the case back is the Omega calibre 1861, the hand-wound movement that’s found in the basic Moonwatch models. Made by Lemania as the calibre 861, it powered the Moonwatch starting in 1968, and has continued, with minor upgrades, since then.