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  • Manufacturer: Panerai
    Year: 2012
    Reference No: PAM00358
    Movement No: 568'663
    Case No: BB1406719
    Model Name: Luminor Submersible 2500M Left-handed Destro Chronopassion
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, OP III, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Officine Panerai leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Panerai buckle
    Dimensions: 46.5 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 9/100
    Accessories: With Officine Panerai International Guarantee Certificate dated 19 March 2012, Certificate confirming the present watch is numbered 9 of a limited edition of 100 pieces, Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres Watch Rate Certificate, additional rubber strap, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This present watch is numbered 9 of a limited edition of 100 pieces only. The case back is signed with “chronopassion” – an homage to Officine Panerai’s loyal partner and brand distributor.

    Officine Panerai’s “left-handed” watches are deeply connected to the company’s illustrious military history. In the years following the Radiomir’s debut in 1936, Italian navy commandos were required to wear several instruments on their hand during combat, such as a wristwatch with luminous hands to keep time and plan attacks, a compass and a depth gauge.

    For convenience, some commandos preferred to wear their watch on their right wrist. As a result, Panerai specially created a watch with the winding crown on the left side to address these practical needs. As an homage to the “left-handed” watches Panerai created over fifty years ago, the company released contemporary examples that are still manufactured today.

    All of Panerai’s contemporary “left-handed” watches are produced in extremely limited numbers. Indeed, the present watches, being consigned by a private collector, and all complete with their original accessories, each belonging to a different limited edition series.

  • 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. PAM00358
A rare stainless steel limited edition cushion-shaped left-handed wristwatch, made for Chronopassion

2012
46.5 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 9/100

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$60,000

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