Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition replica is full of small vintage details that will, for sure, make collectors fall in love. First of all, it has the straight case. The crown and the pushers are not protected, the casebands are symmetrical and the lugs are flat on top, just like the previous FOIS (First Omega in Space) edition. The Speed Pro has protection for the crown and pushers, an asymmetrical case and “lyre” lugs (a bit twisted). This CK2998 Limited Edition is just like the old CK2998.
It has the “alpha” hands, in metal. The Pro has thin baton hands in white. This CK2998 Limited Edition has sword hands with a polished finish. Same goes for the hands of the counters. All show a glaive profile and are executed in polished steel, thus being historically accurate with the original CK2998 – by the way, Omega changed this aspect compared to the FOIS edition (both the steel and gold editions), which had two of the sub-counters hands painted in white and straight. The Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition also has an applied logo, something that only vintage Speedies have. The main big thing here is the “lollipop” second hand. This differently-shaped hand makes a world of difference on the vintage edition of the CK2998, as being extremely rare.
This CK2998 Limited Edition somehow follows a trend for smaller watches. It indeed has a diameter of only 39.7mm – and considering the lack of crown protection, it wears small. This size is also very close from the original CK2998. Apart from being comfortable, it’s also very good looking on the wrist. Such a smaller diameter fits perfectly with the “vintage” style and also brings a lot more of elegance to the wearer. The second thing that is really appreciable is the “panda” layout. In watchmaking, a “panda” refers to the contrasting dark sub-counters on a white / bright dial. Apart from being easy to read and emphasizing the chronograph indication, it also gives a sporty look to the watch, immediately recognizable as a chronograph.
A white and blue panda is certainly something rather difficult to find in the wild. But this edition gets rid of the entirely black scheme applied on almost all the Speedmasters, including the previous FOIS. It does participate to the timeless look of the watch for sure, but it remains also very classical. This Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition instead plays with blue, for the strap, the engraved ceramic bezel (with luminescent numerals) and for the sub-counters and tracks.
Inside the Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Limited Edition ticks an iconic workhorse, the calibre 1861, itself a small evolution of the great 861 movement, introduced in the Speedmasters on the end of 1968 / start of 1969. The 1861 is still extremely reliable, accurate and pleasant to use. And even if it is the only movement of the Omega collection not to feature the co-axial escapement, it remains a very cool piece of mechanic.