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8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 116
Scottsdale, AZ, 85253
United States


Elegant shop offering house-designed, one-of-a-kind gemstone and diamond jewelry, plus timepieces.

Panerai 201A Non-Matching

Historic Panerai Collection

Panerai 201A Non-Matching

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Panerai 201A Non-Matching


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In 1993 Officine Panerai set its sights to expand beyond supplying its watches exclusively to the military and entered into the civilian market. The first series of watches featured two models, the 5218-201/A Luminor Logo and the 5218- 202/A Marina Militare. These models, along with eight others released before Panerai was acquired by The Vendome group (now known as Richemont), are known as ‘Pre-V’ watches. As a tool watch meant for easy visibility, Panerai watches had always been large pieces, and this quality remained in the transition to the civilian market.

The 44mm case size of these pieces would change the face of watches in men’s fashion. At the time of their release, these pieces would have seemed quite large. The Rolex Datejust from that year measured just 36mm, and the 42mm Royal Oak Offshore revealed that year had been denounced by watch legend Gerald Genta as having ruined the design. However, this larger case size is what would ultimately draw Sylvester Stallone to the watches in 1995. This helped to launch them onto the global market and created a continuing trend for watches above 40mm in size.

The dial is what makes this watch one of the most rare examples of the 201/A model. This watch has what is known as a ‘non-matching’ dial, where the indices and numbers have aged differently from the lettering and hands. This was the result of a resin placed over the tritium luminescent material that turned orange. The varnish was changed partway through the production due to this discoloration. The exact number of these dials made before the varnish was changed is not known, but it is a small percentage of the only 840 201/A’s produced.

Circa: 1993

Case Size: 44mm

Buckle: Tang

Materials: Steel

Dial: Black

Movement: Hand Wound Unitas UT-6497

Functions: Hours and Minutes

Case Back: Solid

Strap: Brown Leather

Reference #: 5218-201/A

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