Ultra-Rare Panerai Watches Take the Stage Beside Patek and Rolex at Phillips’ Geneva Watch Sale
Phillips Watches isn’t settling for the status quo while preparing the sale of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona and other stunning pieces in its New York “Winning Icons” sale one month from now. The bartering house, which is quickly becoming a competitor for the title of top collector watch barker, has another collection of great watches slated to cross the block on Nov. 11 at Geneva’s Hôtel La Réserve. In relationship with Bacs & Russo Phillips’ Geneva Watch Auction: SIX.
Rare Panerai Watches
While a couple of flawless $3 million Patek Philippes will undoubtedly get a large portion of the consideration, what grabbed our attention was a pair of ultra-uncommon Panerai models from the ’40s and ’50s that are the absolute generally notable and significant Panerais at any point sold. The evaluations look low on these delights, so if it’s a sign that the market for antique Panerais is mellowing, we’d say it will not last and astute Panerai collectors should get going with the sale paddle – not least since it could be a long time before watches like these become available again.
Here is the Rare Panerai Luminor Ref. 6152 that will be on the block.
A Rare Panerai Luminor Ref. 6152
The enormous draw is a Panerai Luminor Ref. 6152/1 produced around 1955. Unlike the latest releases of the Panerai collection these historical watches are associated with one goliath swiss watchmaker. Like all Panerais from this early period, it includes a development and case by Rolex. Furthermore, this example is extra significant on the grounds that it was formerly possessed by Admiral Gino Birindelli, a genuine legend of the Italian Royal Navy, which originally commissioned the Luminor for its elite Decima MAS submerged commandos. Admiral Birindelli was a commander of the Decima MAS during World War II, was later made head of the fleet of the Italian Navy and got the Gold medal of military valor among different qualifications. He, at the end of the day, rode the popular monitored torpedoes that harmed the British Navy during the war. Assessed at up to $165,000, his watch includes an unbelievably uncommon straightforward polycarbonate bezel, graduated to five minutes, made for timing crucial missions. This is one of only four known Ref. 6152/1s with its original bezel as they are incredibly fragile.
The Panerai 3646 is simple in design.
A Rare Panerai 3646
Nearly as significant and appealing is a much older Panerai, a Ref. 3646 made around 1942 . Assessed at up to about $95,000, this stainless steel Radiomir-style model is known as a “Type C” and highlights longer fixed lugs, and an inside caseback marked Rolex S.A., along with the reference number and serial number. There are only 211 known examples of the Ref. 3646. The example on offer highlights Panerai’s particular sandwich dial however without a creator’s name or model assignment. There has been some proof proposing Panerai did this deliberately this so any commandos caught by the adversary would not have their source sold out by their wristwatch. Again this watch has an extremely intriguing provenance, and was formerly possessed by combat swimmer Helmut Rösel, who was granted the German Federal Cross of Merit. The multimillion-dollar Pateks might be more valuable however there’s nothing cooler than this pair of Panerais.