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ROLEX MADE FOR OFFICINE PANERAI. A FINE AND RARE LARGE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-SHAPED DIVER'S WRISTWATCH WITH EARLY UNSIGNED DIAL REF 3646 CASE NO. 260429 RADIOMIR TOGETHER WITH A LATER MILITARY COMPASS CIRCA 1940
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Panerai
ROLEX MADE FOR OFFICINE PANERAI. A FINE AND RARE LARGE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-SHAPED DIVER'S WRISTWATCH WITH EARLY UNSIGNED DIAL REF 3646 CASE NO. 260429 RADIOMIR TOGETHER WITH A LATER MILITARY COMPASS CIRCA 1940
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Panerai
ROLEX MADE FOR OFFICINE PANERAI. A FINE AND RARE LARGE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-SHAPED DIVER'S WRISTWATCH WITH EARLY UNSIGNED DIAL REF 3646 CASE NO. 260429 RADIOMIR TOGETHER WITH A LATER MILITARY COMPASS CIRCA 1940
• cal 618 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, signed Rolex • the dial consisting of a superposition of two discs, the lower one coated with luminous substance visible through the cut-out baton and Arabic numerals in the black upper disc, blued steel luminous hands • oversized cushion-shaped case, screw-down case back • case and movement signed Rolex
The compass made in Bakelite material with rotating bezel
dimensions 47 x 54 mm thickness 16 mm compass diameter 62 mm thickness 22 mm
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In 1935, the Italian Navy ordered from Panerai a water and pressure resistant watch with dial which was visible by night and in deep water for their secret unit the "10a Flottiglia MAS" (10th MAS Fleet). The manufacturer came up with a prototype called a Radiomir. This name comes from the luminescent varnish used for the indexes, made with zinc sulphide, mesothelium and radium bromide patented by Guido Panerai in 1915.
The first Radiomir series was launched around 1938 with a cushion form metal case of 47mm width, solid lugs and a dial with luminescent baton and Arabic numerals. The movement was a Rolex calibre 618. The production of Ref. 3646 continued until the early 1950s, when it was replaced by Ref. 6152.
This rare and desirable timepiece belonged to the consignors father who was a Royal Marine. He was stationed at the Kiel Naval Base in Germany as the second world war drew to its close and this is where his son believes the watch came into his possession.

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