Friday, October 29, 2010

Vintage Panerai

Panerai is of course well known for its military roots. But you don't get so see many of the original watches often. The vintage pieces are rare and the current price range of such pieces sadly places these watches outside of the possibilities of most collectors. As is of course the case with all sought after items, regardless of what they are.

I was however lucky enough to have had the opportunity to admire and photograph quite a few of those rare birds last year for the Paneristi calendar. Here are some of the photos that haven't been published before, some are in the 2010 calendar but most are not.

Panerai vintage Trittico
Vintage Panerai "Trittico"

The above photo shows a set that is known as the "Trittico", a depth gauge, a compass and the Luminor 6152/1. I've chosen to post this particular photo because it was not selected for the calendar. Another - similar - version was used instead.

Panerai vintage 6154 Small Egiziano
Ref 6154 - Small Egiziano

The piece above is also known as the small "Egiziano" (Egyptian). It was made for the Egyptian navy in the fifties. Note that it has "Radiomir" on the dial. The contemporary Radiomirs don't have lugs like this vintage piece, they come with so called wire loops instead. Like the ones that the 3646 in the below picture uses. The wire loops that were used on the vintage models are however welded onto the case, as opposed to those on the modern Radiomirs that can be removed so that you change straps. The Ref 3646 exists in many variations as shown in the following photos.

Panerai vintage 3646
Ref 3646

To find out more about these vintage pieces I suggest that you have a look at the by Ralf and Volker, two absolute authorities with regards to vintage Panerai watches and instruments.

Panerai vintage 6152
Ref 6152

As you can see in the above photo, the vintage watches were more or less a combination of the modern Radiomir and Luminor watches. Many of those models (3646) have lugs, but no crown guard.

Panerai vintage 3646
Ref 3646 - brown dial and engraved bezel

Panerai vintage 6152 blue dial
Ref 6152 - blue dial

The 3646 variation with the California dial (below) is my personal favorite. The SE PAM249 was a re-edition of this model. You can find photos of the 2006 special edition here: PAM249 Radiomir 1936 California dial.

Panerai vintage 3646
Ref 3646 - California dial

The photo below shows the vintage Luminor 6152/1. The dream of many Panerai enthusiasts is for Panerai to produce a re-edition of this model which is referred to as the "Base Fiddy" ie a 47mm 1950's style case and no sub seconds dial. Who knows, I'd be interested (understatement of the year).

Panerai vintage 6152/1
Ref 6152/1 Panerai Luminor

I've posted more photos on Wake up you vintage lovers....
There's also a link on


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

PAM114 Base with a white dial

I took these photos of the Panerai PAM114 a while ago. The PAM114 is an unusual Panerai because of its white dial.

Panerai PAM114 White dial Luminor base
Panerai PAM114 Luminor base with a white dial

Like it is often the case, this is a watch that I would never have considered for myself until I saw it in person. The 114 and the 113 (with sub seconds dial) are often referred to as women's Panerai watches. And although I agree that the PAM114 will look great on any woman, calling it a woman's watch is kind of odd. It may actually be one of the coolest base Panerai watches, for both women and men.

Panerai PAM114 White dial Luminor base
The numbers are black with Luminova dots

Panerai first produced this model in 2002 (E series) and it still is in production. According to the millesimation database on however, no units were produced in 2007 (J).

Panerai watches are known for their legibility, because of their size but also because of the Luminova and Tritium that is used to make it possible to read the time in the dark. The numbers on the dial PAM114 however are black. The dial of the 114 has Luminova dots at the position of the hours, to ascertain that one can still read the time in the dark. The painted dial has all the numbers, as opposed to most Panerai base watches that usually only have the 3,6,9 and 12 on the dial.

Panerai PAM114 White dial Luminor base
Shown here on its rubber dive strap

The last photo shows the PAM114 next to a Panerai base watch that is more common, the PAM112 with its large numerals and sandwich dial.

Panerai PAM114 White dial Luminor base
The PAM114 next to the PAM112 (on the right)

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