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  • Manufacturer: Panerai
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: PAM00376
    Movement No: 002'379
    Case No: OP6844
    Model Name: Panerai Radiomir
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, P.3000, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown stitched Panerai crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Panerai buckle
    Dimensions: 47 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Provenance: Property from An Important Collector

  • Provenance

    Property from An Important Collector

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patented in 1916, the "Radiomir" technology allowed for many strides in the military industry. The radium based compound, when applied to the dial, allowed the viewer to tell the time in any weather condition by glowing in the dark. Panerai produced its first Radiomir prototype in 1936.

    Today, the Radiomir model has many varying dial designs, but the classic look of its case remains. The present PAM 376 with its very distinctive "California" dial, and heavy white gold case is numbered 100 of a limited edition of 501 examples only.

  • Artist Biography

    Panerai

    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. PAM00376
A fine and rare white gold limited edition wristwatch with "California dial"

Circa 2011
47 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am