• Lot 155

    Panerai. An extremely rare stainless steel cushion-shaped diver's wristwatch, made for the Egyptian Navy

    SIGNED RADIOMIR PANERAI, REF. 6154, SMALL EGIZIANO MODEL, CASE SIGNED ROLEX AND NUMBERED 997'585, MOVEMENT SIGNED ROLEX, CIRCA 1954

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    Panerai. An extremely rare stainless steel cushion-shaped diver's wristwatch, made for the Egyptian Navy
    Signed Radiomir Panerai, ref. 6154, Small Egiziano model, case signed Rolex and numbered 997'585, movement signed Rolex, circa 1954
    Cal. 16''' nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, metal dust cap, sand-coloured dial, inlaid baton and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, large cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, Rolex Brevet screw down crown, large stainless steel buckle, case and movement signed Rolex, dial signed Radiomir Panerai
    47 mm. wide & 57 mm. overall length


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    The present watch is one of the exceedingly rare examples of a Panerai reference 6154 to appear in public to date.

    The "Small Egiziano" reference 6154
    it is thought that Panerai supplied a small series of the present Radiomir model, attributed the reference number 6154, following a request of the Egyptian Navy. Members of the Egyptian Naval Forces attended the Commando School of the Italian Navy in the naval base of La Spezia asking for the same watches as their Italian brother-in-arms.

    Nicknamed the "Small Egiziano" (Italian for "Egyptian"), reference 6154 features a smaller case than its counterpart reference 6152, the latter available with or without the protective crown guard. The movements and cases were supplied by Rolex, the dials featuring the luminous material developed by Panerai and patented as "Radiomir".

    Regrettably, no documentation survived in regard to the precise number of the "Small Egiziani" produced. Scholarship however stipulates that no more than some 30 watches were supplied to the Egyptian Forces and that few other examples were made as prototypes.