197

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS: A GENTLEMAN'S PASSION

Panerai / Rolex
A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-FORM MILITARY DIVER'S WRISTWATCH REF 6152/1 CASE 124563 LUMINOR CIRCA 1955
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 203,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT
197

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS: A GENTLEMAN'S PASSION

Panerai / Rolex
A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-FORM MILITARY DIVER'S WRISTWATCH REF 6152/1 CASE 124563 LUMINOR CIRCA 1955
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 203,000 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Panerai / Rolex
A RARE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION-FORM MILITARY DIVER'S WRISTWATCH REF 6152/1 CASE 124563 LUMINOR CIRCA 1955
• Rolex cal. 618 manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, some carried in chatons, anti-magnetic cover • patinated sandwich dial, baton and Arabic indexes, gold luminous hands • large stainless steel polished case, domed crystal, screw down case back, patented crown guard • dial signed Panerai, case and movement signed Rolex
width 45 mm, thickness 19 mm
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Catalogue Note

In the early 1950s, Ref. 6152 replaced Ref. 3646, the first Radiomir Panerai produced by Rolex on behalf of Officine Panerai. The Florence-based company had received a commission from the Royal Italian Navy to produce a military-grade wristwatch which not only would keep exact time, but would also withstand severe elements.

The Ref. 6152/1 distinguishes itself from Ref 6152 in that its case is slightly larger and is therefore able to carry either the Rolex cal. 618 or the Angelus cal. 240. It is estimated that in total, 300 examples of Ref. 6152/1 were created. Although the crown guard seen on the present example can be found on Panerai wristwatches beginning in the 1940s, the patent for this iconic design element was not issued until 1955.

This particular example of the reference 6152/1 has an extremely attractive and evenly faded dial, crisp shoulders and well-defined edges to the case back.

For an example of Ref. 6152, no. 124765, see Goldberger, J., pp. 32-33.

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