“Time is like a handful of sand – the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.”
~ Unknown

Officine Panerai’s watches are a natural blend of Italian design, Swiss technology and passion for the sea.  This piece is the result of a classic “impulse buy”!  I was in London on business, walking down Old Bond Street, and somehow stumbled into ‘Watches of Switzerland’ … which resulted in my first Panerai piece !

Panerai was born in 1860 in Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, the art and the science which have made Italy famous throughout the world for its creativity and genius. Values that Officine Panerai expresses through its watches, which it reinterprets over time with passion, technical excellence and exclusive design.

A watch-making laboratory, highly specialized since the nineteenth century, supplier of measurement and precision instruments to the Italian Navy in the nineteen hundreds, fine watchmaker and international brand in the twenty-first century. The deep-rooted links with the world of the sea, the true heritage of the Brand, bestow on each watch a sporting character that is unique and authentic, like the history of Panerai.

Giovanni Panerai opens his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte delle Grazie in Florence

Specifications:

General:

      • Limited Edition: 2958/3000
      • Military divers wristwatch
      • Dial, case and movement signed.
      • 40-hour autonomy
      • Stainless steel Officine Panerai buckle

Case:

      • Three-body, brushed steel, screwed-down engraved case back
      • Patented winding-crown with security lever
      • Sapphire crystal with “cyclops” lens
      • Water-resistant to 300 meters
      • Case diameter 44 mm
      • Thickness: 16 mm

Dial:

      • Brushed anthracite
      • Tritium-coated Arabic numerals and indexes
      • Subsidiary seconds dial at 9
      • Tritium-coated steel “bâton” hands
      • “Cyclops” aperture for the date

Movement:

      • Automatic
      • Calibre OP III (base 7750)
      • Rhodium-plated
      • “Oeil-de-perdrix” and special “Panerai”-decoration
      • 21 jewels, straight line lever escapement
      • Monometallic balance
      • Shock-absorber
      • Self-compensating flat balance spring
      • Micrometer regulator