NEW Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition 2018 Full Set Sold
Reference: 318.104.22.168.02.001 (303/2998)
Case: All Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 39.7mm excluding crown
Caliber: Omega cal. 1861 Manual Wind
Strap: Original Omega black racing leather strap
on Omega buckle
The latest Moonwatch limited edition is the CK2998, a remake of the 1959 Speedmaster; a modern watch with a vintage flavour.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch CK2998, fresh from Baselworld 2018, is yet another limited edition, but it’s likeable for many reasons. Modelled on the original Speedmaster CK2998, the reissue has the styling of the original, but with a modern color scheme as well as better materials.
Introduced in 1959, the CK2998 was the second Speedmaster model; the first being the exceptionally valuable CK2915. The original CK2998 has several crucial elements that characterize it: lance-shaped “alpha” hands, the very rare pulsometer bezel, and straight lugs. All of them have made it into the reissue.
While the CK2998 remake has all the key details of the original, the black and silver color scheme (panda dial) 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. The new red accent on the chrono hands gives it a racing touch too.
The new Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer has a bezel with a different scale than the usual tachymeter one. With a pulsometer bezel, you will be able to measure the heart rate of someone. It was considered a useful tool for medical staff, as it allowed them to quickly measure the heart rate of a patient by using the pulsometer scale on the dial or bezel. You often find the pulsometer scale in 15 heart beats, and sometimes in 30, like this new Speedmaster CK2998 Pulsometer. Feel your pulse, start the chronograph and count 30 heart beats. Then you stop the chronograph and read the pulsations scale on the bezel where the large red chronograph second hand stopped.
The steel case is 39.7 mm in diameter 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.
The black leather strap is very comfortable and has this ‘racing’ perforated decoration. The stitching on top is white, while the back shows red stitching.
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. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
This example here is in NEW (unworn) condition with all stickers. Bought on August at the Geneva’s Omega Boutique, it comes with all the goodies in a fabulous complete set.