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Old 19 January 2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Icon7 ...maybe beyond even WIS-logic... [217 Incoming]

Did I say incoming? Make that landed



The reasoning behind my selection of this one goes beyond logic, maybe beyond even WIS-logic and into the realms of that small (and at times short-sighted) group, Il Paneristi. In my feeble defense, I made the mistake of accepting an invitation to Firenze not to long ago and the temptation got the best of me...






Four numerals, small seconds and last but certainly not least, the Marina Militare label...

c/o Ralf und Volker

... I'd never buy such a watch w/o seeing it in person so it was fate when my favorite local grey dealer pulled it out to show me. Only one owner, originating from an Austrian AD (I curr. reside in Vienna), properly used, but not abused; my dealer decided not to do anything to it so that the buyer could decide. Considering it's not "vintage" per say, I'm going to have him send it in to OP for a full service and (minimal) surface polish.

My two PAMs will pretty much keep me satisfied for a long time to come*...

big and clean vs. complications-rich...


Devil's in the details... just look at the differences in the numerals, the "6" for example - too cool.


Unitas 6497 - industry workhorse...


First OP In-house movement...




*... unless OP releases a SE 1940-case Egiziano piccolo - but even if they do, it will be unobtanium anyway!
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Old 19 January 2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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Very interesting piece! You have done well!
Enjoy!
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Old 19 January 2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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Oh my....my friend has a 217, and its THE Panerai to have in my opinion!!!
Congrats!!!
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Old 19 January 2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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Big Congrats!
Great little write up too!
Amazing pieces on that plate as well!!
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Old 19 January 2014, 12:33 PM   #5
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legendary piece... congrats!!!
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Old 19 January 2014, 01:06 PM   #6
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Very nice!!! Big Congrates!!!!
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Old 19 January 2014, 01:35 PM   #7
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A great piece!
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Old 19 January 2014, 01:44 PM   #8
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Congrats on 2 very nice pieces!


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Old 19 January 2014, 02:05 PM   #9
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Congrats! Enjoyed reading and awesome pair!!
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Old 19 January 2014, 06:17 PM   #10
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Huge congrats!! Superb choice and awesome duo. Very happy for you.
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Old 19 January 2014, 06:20 PM   #11
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Very very nice.
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Old 19 January 2014, 10:34 PM   #12
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You have two of my most preferred of the Italian brand, love them both, congratulations !
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Old 19 January 2014, 11:39 PM   #13
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Love it. Great write up!
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Old 20 January 2014, 12:20 AM   #14
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This was my 1st panerai but sold it
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Old 20 January 2014, 01:44 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing and congrats!
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Old 20 January 2014, 05:03 AM   #16
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Congrats!! Absolutely gorgeous .. I wish I could get lucky and find one
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Old 20 January 2014, 06:04 AM   #17
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Nice!

And great pics as always.
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Old 20 January 2014, 07:49 AM   #18
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Thanks everyone
I'm still pretty damn "high" on this one...

Check these out... more great treasures recorded by Ralf & Volker




EDIT: Although Panerai was already a commercial unit by 1993, they made a batch (of 5218-202/A) for the Marina Militare's "Comm.Sub.In" unit....

c/o Loris, one of the authors of the "Paneraibook"
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Old 20 January 2014, 10:18 PM   #19
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Excellent addition and great post!
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Old 22 January 2014, 03:32 AM   #20
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Thanks, Travis!

It's been on my wrist since I got it, love it It's going to be hard to part with it (it will soon be heading to OP for some TLC)



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Old 27 January 2014, 07:23 AM   #21
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I remember how impressed I was over Panerai's beautiful wooden case that housed my 233... made all other watch-boxes downright pitiful, lol That is until I had to carry home the box the 217 came in...



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Old 27 January 2014, 03:33 PM   #22
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Old 31 January 2014, 07:42 AM   #23
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Thx

I'm crazy about this one, can't put it down long enough to strap on any of my other watches...




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Old 31 January 2014, 07:53 AM   #24
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217 is perfect in so many ways
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Old 31 January 2014, 10:20 AM   #25
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Great pieces, and awesome photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 31 January 2014, 03:07 PM   #26
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You may have to move your unworn watches...

Great pics, Jules
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Old 5 February 2014, 09:24 AM   #27
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Outgoing...

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Talk about separation anxiety... just dropped my 217 off to be sent to RSC Nothern EU...



Oh well... but I did get off a few last shots this morning before sending my grail on it's journey...



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Old 5 February 2014, 09:29 AM   #28
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Love all the pics. Quick return!
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Old 6 February 2014, 03:46 AM   #29
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man....just imagine how great it's going to be all minty fresh! so nice.
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Old 7 February 2014, 01:28 AM   #30
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Congrats, you finally got it, i knew you were going to get one soon, maybe with Luck I'll get also soon my 36

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