Panerai / Rolex
- A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT LARGE STAINLESS STEEL CUSHION DIVER'S WRISTWATCH WITH TROPICAL SANDWICH DIAL
REF 6152/1 CASE 124607 RADIOMIR CIRCA 1955
- steel, leather (bracelet)
- diameter 48 mm
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, protected from magnetic fields by an iron cap. The reference and the serial number are engraved between the lugs, respectively at 6 and 12. Further to this, the interior of the case back is signed "Montres Rolex S.A. Geneva Switzerland Patented Stainless Steel Swiss Made 6152 1".
It is estimated that, in total, 300 examples of Ref. 6152/1 were created from which only a few have resurfaced.
The present lot features one of the most attractive Panerai by Rolex tropical dials to have ever been presented at auction.
Carefully preserved by its previous owner, this fantastic piece can be considered as being part of a very limited group of extraordinary pieces such as the Panerai "Birindelli" case 12948 (Sotheby's Geneva, 14 May 2014, lot 298, sold for CHF 425,000) or the Panerai case 124563 (Sotheby's New York, 10 December 2013, lot 197, sold for USD 203,000).
For further information please refer to:
Dino Zei and Mario Paci, Panerai Watches, p. 115.
Luciano Cipullo and Loris Pasetto, Panerai - Una Storia Italiana, pp. 188-277.
For further information regarding Milatary Panerai:
Konrad Knirim, Military Timepieces, pp. 271-277.
Zygmunt Wesolowski, Military Timepieces, pp. 164-167.