Rolex made for Officine Panerai. An extremely rare and large stainless steel cushion-shaped diver's wristwatch with early unsigned dial
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Rolex made for Officine Panerai. An extremely rare and large stainless steel cushion-shaped diver's wristwatch with early unsigned dial

SIGNED PANERAI AND ROLEX S.A., REF. 3646, CASE NO. 260'628, MANUFACTURED IN 1943

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Rolex made for Officine Panerai. An extremely rare and large stainless steel cushion-shaped diver's wristwatch with early unsigned dial
Signed Panerai and Rolex S.A., ref. 3646, case no. 260'628, manufactured in 1943
Rolex cal. 618 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the dial consisting of two discs, the lower one coated with "Luminor" luminous substance visible through the cut-out baton and Arabic numerals in the black matte upper disc, blued steel luminous hands, large cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case, wire lugs, screw back engraved LS and GL, large stainless steel buckle, case and movement signed Rolex, dial signed Panerai
47 mm. wide & 51.5 mm. overall length
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Please note that the case number of this watch reads 260628.
Le numéro de boîte de cette montre est 260628.

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Lot Essay

Rolex made for Officine Panerai Reference 3646
Following disappointing tests carried out on watches available in the 1930s, the Royal Italian Navy approached Panerai with the request of designing a watch resistant to extreme conditions while at the same time keeping exact time. The prototype which Panerai submitted to the First Submarine Group Command was called "Radiomir" and passed all tests successfully.

Consequently as of 1938 until the 1950s, small series of reference 3646 watches were produced, mainly for the Italian Navy. The models were fitted with hand-wound movements and waterproof cases supplied by Rolex, the dials consisted of two discs, a lower one coated with "Radiomir" luminous substance visible through the cut out numerals in the black upper disc, enabling the easy reading in the dark or under water. The large cushion-shaped cases had a diameter of 47 mm, wire lugs and a screw-down crown.

The present watch is from the so-called "no name" series with blank dial, generally reserved for the German Navy's Special Forces. For a detailed description and illustration of such watches see Military Timepieces by Konrad Knirim, pp. 271 - 277.

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