There are few watches that have such an interesting history than that of the Rolex/Panerai. Not least one set within, and so embroiled with, the Second World War. It is interesting to see the co-relationship between Rolex and Panerai throughout their lifetimes and the origin of several designs, that to this day, one might very quickly associate with what Panerai has now become. It was indeed this relationship, and the quality of the movements, cases and dials produced, that has resulted in the continued strength of the market for vintage pieces.
The following two lots demonstrate two iterations of the Panerai/Rolex collaboration. The first, the reference 3646 bears a very close resemblance to the earlier Rolex reference 2523 and is powered by Rolex caliber 619 supplied by Cortebert. Interestingly the California dial fitted was also the invention of Rolex in the early 1940s. The second, the reference 6152/1 is a fascinating example accompanied by its original owners dive log and letter.
The present watch is a fine example of a reference 3646, with perhaps the most renowned dial type of the Panerai/Rolex pieces, and certainly one that is most desirable. This particular watch belongs to a small number of pieces that have the 'Anonymous' Rolex movement but has retained the Rolex stamp to the case back. It has been speculated that these movements were supplied by Rolex but were intentionally un-branded to to disassociate the Brand from the consumer. The watch is elevated further by its very original state of preservation. The dial is extremely attractive and reacts well under UV light and Geiger counter. The case is also very crisp and in very attractive original condition.
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