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  • Manufacturer: Panerai
    Year: Circa 1993
    Reference No: 5218-201/A
    Case No: 0277
    Model Name: Luminor
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, UT4697, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Panerai calf leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Panerai buckle
    Dimensions: 44 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a Panerai reference 5218-201/A, please see Panerai Watches from 1936 to 1997 by Mario Paci, page 211.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Panerai first re-introduced the Luminor in 1993 in three different series of watches. The Luminor reference 5218-201/A was made in a total of 889 pieces. Each watch was engraved with its unique number and the present lot is numbered 277 of this limited series of 889 pieces. The Luminor is easily recognizable with the company logo above 6 o'clock, which was not used again by Panerai until 2003.

  • 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. 5218-201/A
A fine and rare stainless steel limited edition cushion-shaped wristwatch

Circa 1993
44 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$90,000 - 130,000 
€10,800-15,700
$12,000-16,000

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: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017