Panerai - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Panerai
    Year: 1993
    Reference No: 5218-301/A
    Case No: 6048, issue number 0152
    Model Name: Mare Nostrum, "Pre-Vendome"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2801-2, 43 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Shark
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Panerai buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by wooden presentation box, product literature and numbered warranty
    Literature: The model is described and illustrated in "The Panerai in Florence" by Dino Zei, pp. 250 & 251.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Panerai's renowned "Mare Nostrum" chronograph wristwatch was originally designed to be used by deck officers of the Italian Navy. Only very few of these watches were made in 1943 but due to the turmoil during the war, the model never went into production and remained at the prototype stage. It was not until 50 years later that Officine Panerai reproduced the Mare Nostrum chronograph.

    Preserved in very good, original overall condition, still retaining reminders of the protective case back, this "Luminor Marina" is one of the exceedingly rare and highly collectible so-called "Pre-Vendôme" models.

  • Artist Biography


    Italian • 1860

    Known for its robust designs and large case sizes, Officine Panerai was established in 1860 by Giovanni Panerai in Florence, Italy. Around 1900, Giovanni's grandson Guido Panerai took over, and Panerai became the supplier to the Regia Marina — the Royal Italian Navy. After supplying the navy with high-precision instruments for a number of years, Officine Panerai created Radiomir, a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. By 1936, the Royal Italian Navy approached Panerai again with the request to design a watch resistant to extreme underwater conditions. The watch they created became known as the "Radiomir".

    Panerai's watches made during the early twentieth century era were comprised of cases designed and manufactured by Rolex SA, with Cortébert, a Swiss manufacturer, supplying the majority of their movements. The most recognizable designs from the firm are the Radiomir and Luminor. To date, vintage models from the first half of the 1900s, such as the reference 3646 and 6152 models, remain the most desirable among collectors.

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Ref. 5218-301/A
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with navy blue dial and tachometer scale bezel

42mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF15,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

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