Historical Panerai Radiomir Ref. 448 & 449 Lim. Ed. 750 pc New Full Set
Case: steel, 47mm, Radiomir case
The California and S.L.C. models are differentiated by dial only. The former features the famous Arabic / Roman numeral dial that was originally made as a sample dial that Panerai used to show the different markers that could be had on their watches. Legend has it that a buyer from California liked the hybrid dial so much, he ordered it that way. The latter is a minimalist dial with the simplest of markings that was first created in the ‘30s to test out the radium luminescence.
Condition: New Full Set
Overview: PAM 448 & 449, a limited edition of 750 pieces. The two models, known by their references, PAM 00448 and 00449, respectively, are faithful versions of two famous Panerais of the 1930s.
The particularity of these pieces is that They pay tribute to the one by whom it all began, the 2533, produced in 1936 for Marina Militare as part of a secret project (the creation of the first navy swimmers of the history).
At that time Panerai was then a supplier of the Marina Militare and produced various instruments but was in no way manufacturer of watches. Willing to have a waterproof watch, Panerai naturally turns to the reference in the field (already at that time), Rolex. The 2533 is initially a Rolex reference (an invoice of June 13, 1936 indicates an order from G.Panerai & Figlio to Rolex of 19 ref.2533), the Oyster case is cushion type, the crown is Screwed, the movement is a Rolex 618 on Cortebert basis. The dial was then manufactured and assembled by Panerai, it was already of the sandwich type and its self-luminescence was ensured by Radium, hence the name "Radiomir". This prototype dial was distinguished by its simplicity. 3 stick index at 3/6/9 hour, a double stick index at noon and dots on the 5 minute interlayers. The needles, also "charged" with Radium, were blue. Later, the dial will become more conventional by adopting indexes and large Arabic numerals, becoming at the same time a visual signature for the brand and this until today.
Beloved by Panerai enthusiasts all over the world, this homage to a vintage classic is a must-have. This reference is accompanied by a bold 47mm Radiomir stainless steel case with wire lugs and a Plexiglas crystal. Known for their stylish, over-sized cases, each Panerai timepiece will make a lasting impression on the wrist. The black dial is often referred to as "The California" dial and features both Roman and Arabic hour markers. It's rumored that this combination of markers was originally created to show the different hour marker options and gained popularity shortly after its release. A calibre P.3000 mechanical movement created in-house by Panerai utilizes anti-shock technology, 21-jewels, and a 3-day power reserve. 1 out of only 750, this reference is incredibly rare.
Selling only in set of the both Limited Edition 448 & 449 brand New Full Set. The only set available worldwide NEW from the same official Panerai shop in Geneva. The warranties are stamped by the same Panerai shop in Geneva.