There are a few grail watches when it comes to Panerai and Christie’s auction house has one coming for sale on November 11, 2013 in Geneva as part of their Important Watches 1398 collection. They recently put up the information on the 6152/1 circa 1955 with the Rolex made movement. Current estimates of this watch’s sale price range from about 88,000 USD to $133,000 USD.
This particular model was supplied to the Italian army and was made without the very famous crown guard found on Panerai Luminor models today. After decades of amazing productions, the Navy requested an updated version of their divers watch. In the mid 40’s Panerai presented them with the Panerai 6152 which was made of one large block of steel with wider, downturned lugs giving it better water resistance.
The biggest difference you will notice in the 6152 and the 6152/1 is the rounded band as compared to an edge in the middle. The case number on this watch is 124516 and has a Rolex Cal. 15 mechanical movement with 15 jewels. This particular model has a 47mm case.
If you have a few bucks lying around and want to own a piece of Panerai History, then it’s time to sign up and put in a bid on this amazing piece.