Fake OMEGA Speedmaster from 1957 sold for 3 million euros!

A perfectly aged OMEGA Speedmaster, the OMEGA Speedmaster CK2915-1, sold for a record 3,115,500 Swiss francs (approximately €2.95 million) at Phillips Auction House in Geneva, far exceeding the auction price estimate of between 80,000 Swiss and 2000 franc. The extraordinary chronograph replica watches was among the first batches of Speedmasters released in 1957 as part of the “Trilogy”, the brand's professional watches, which also included the Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. Collectibles are usually stored safely for decades; this extraordinary OMEGA, on the other hand, has been worn regularly, often in full sunlight, resulting in a unique 'tropical' dial that has aged to a milky chocolate colour. The brown tone is incredibly even. In addition, the luminous material on both the dial and the hands have aged at the same rate, giving the display an attractive gold tone. This uniformity of color also confirms that the watch has not undergone any significant maintenance.

OMEGA watches bearing the reference CK2915 were manufactured between 1957 and 1959 and produced in just three different editions, making the CK2915-1 one of the very first and most collectible Speedmaster models. Key differences from the next-generation models include “Broad Arrow” minute and hour hands, metal bezel and unique dial, distinguishable from fake OMEGA's oval “O”.The first generation model, reference CK 2915, is considered by collectors as the "grail". It was the first chronograph to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel, rather than the dial, and the first Speedmaster to derive its power from the iconic caliber 321, an extremely robust and reliable movement. In addition to the watch, the new proud owner received an OMEGA "Excerpt from the Archives" confirming the manufacture of the current watch on November 22, 1957 and the original product documentation.

The Meca-10 is built as a state-of-the-art machine whose every detail has been carefully designed. Even the buttons for the strap's one-click quick-change system are styled with sophistication. The trapezoidal thrust pieces are located between the two screws on the upper and lower surfaces of the belt lugs. The raised hublot replica edge of each print is satin finished, while its interior is pearl blasted. Refinements like these make the watch's style stand out. The strap's practical quick-change system makes it easy to remove one band and install another. The black rubber band has a ribbed surface. The titanium lock, which is also very detailed, has two safety buttons: they move smoothly, they are easy to use and they hold securely. However, the buckle has sharp edges when it is open and when it is closed it can press uncomfortably against the wrist.