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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 325

    Rolex made for Panerai. An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel water-resistant diver's wristwatch with brown-coloured dial and military registration marking to the case back

    SIGNED RADIOMIR PANERAI AND MONTRES ROLEX SA, LUMINOR MODEL, REF. 6152-1, NUMBERED 124780 BETWEEN THE LUGS AND 6 UNDERNEATH THE CROWN PROTECTING BRIDGE, CIRCA 1950

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    Rolex made for Panerai. An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel water-resistant diver's wristwatch with brown-coloured dial and military registration marking to the case back
    Signed Radiomir Panerai and Montres Rolex SA, Luminor model, ref. 6152-1, numbered 124780 between the lugs and 6 underneath the crown protecting bridge, circa 1950
    Rolex cal. 15 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, metal dust cap, the dial consisting of two discs, the lower one coated with "Luminor" luminous substance visible through the cut out Arabic and baton numerals in the black matte upper disc, luminous hands, in large cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case with crown protecting bridge, screw back with engraved military marking M.M. 036, large stainless steel buckle stamped GPF, case and movement signed Rolex, dial signed Panerai
    47 mm. wide


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    The present watch displays two interesting and attractive features, one being the charismatically aged dial which turned from black into a warm chocolate brown colour over the years. Furthermore, it bears the engraved military marking "M.M. 036" for "Marina Militare" (Italian Naval forces) and the relevant unit number on the case back.

    Other markings found on reference 6152 case backs include:

    SMZ= somozzatori (divers)
    M.M.= incursori della Marina (divers of the naval forces)
    G.F. = somozzatori della Guardia di Finanza (divers of the Italian military police force under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance)
    C.C. = somozzatori dei Carabinieri (divers of police forces)
    V.F. = somozzatori dei vigili del fuoco (divers of the firefighters)

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    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.