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Prior to 1936 Officine Panerai had been makers of military equipment to the Italian Navy, including wrist compasses and depth gauges. 1936 was the year that wristwatches were added to the list and the PAM00249 is created in homage to this first watch.
At 47mm this is a big piece on the wrist and the blank dial makes it seem even bigger. The lack of branding was done in wartime to limit the amount of logistics information available should the watch fall into enemy hands. The reissue has a distinctly non-military display back, allowing a clear view of the 17 jewel movement with swan-neck regulator. Cheap Longchamp Handbags Sale USA
The dial is half Arabic numeral and half Roman being referred to as a ‘California’. This is something of a misnomer. The correct name is ‘Error Proof’ and these dials were created to minimise the possibility of misreading the dial or mistaking the orientation of the watch while using it under water. The term ‘California’ comes from the fact that in the 1980s the Kirk Rich Dial Co of Los Angeles refinished hundreds of old Rolex watches in this more interesting dial layout.
Produced as a limited edition of 1936 units in December 2006, these watches quickly sold out. This watch is number 57 of the series. If you missed out first time round, this is your chance to own a celebration of the Panerai watch that started it all.
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