Panerai 3646: ‘rolex Panerai’

Estimated price: 105,000-135,000 Swiss francs
Unsold
【1930s】
[Overall description]
The case size is 47 × 47 mm and the thickness is 13 mm. Model 3646 first generation, ‘California’, Radiomir series, case number 260730, good condition, large case, back cushion case, waterproof function, stainless steel three-piece case, polished and frosted, screwed Push-in case back and crown, welded wire lugs, black dial, luminous Arabic numerals and Roman numerals, baton blue steel hands, Panerai buckle.
[Movement configuration]
Cortebert 618-based movement with Rolex signature, rhodium-plated, Geneva stripes polished, 17 rubies, vertical lever escapement, single metal balance wheel, blue-steel Breguet spring, fine-tuning, case and machine The cores are all signed.
【comment】
If Panerai’s limited edition of 1,936 PAM249s became more and more popular in 2006, then this 3646 is the ‘starter’ of this fiery scene. The origin of the ‘California Noodle’ was mentioned in the previous Antiguru auction. This time, we will talk about the cooperation between Rolex and Panerai. In the 1930s, after receiving an order from the Italian Navy, Panerai knew that its ability to produce diving equipment was far from competent for this task, so finding ‘foreign aid’ was the only way out. But who is it for?

As a result of the war, Switzerland, as a ‘neutral country’ and already famous in watchmaking, is naturally the best choice. The Rolex “Oyster” watch, which was successfully developed in 1926 and crossed the English Channel the following year, was well-known at the time. After receiving a request from Panerai, Rolex used the ‘California Noodle’ in its products and launched a watch, the Panerai 3646. Maybe the auctioneer is confident enough about this ‘senior’ California, and the lower limit of the valuation will be as large as 600,000 yuan! Obviously nobody has prepared enough for this price to buy only Panerai, and finally failed.