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Treasure Hunting (pic-heavy)

February 1 2011 at 7:40 PM

JMac  (Login jmcfaul)
from IP address 74.111.211.178

Hello everyone! happy.gif I had an opportunity to see many vintage Panerai recently, and thus, I feel compelled to share. Here it goes:


It began with an invitation from Manny (one of the great ristis from Arizona). Manny is pictured here, in the middle, next to his lovely wife, Karen. Behind Manny and Karen are Ish, me, and Russell.
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Ish, Russell, and I made the six-hour drive from Southern California to Scottsdale, AZ, as we've never had an opportunity to see such a collection.
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I must apologize for the picture quality, as the pics were taken through glass, and the overhead lighting made it challenging to truly capture the breathtaking presence of each Panerai. But take any of these pictures, multiply the image by the depth of infinity, and you'll get a glimpse of how cool these pieces looked in person. And the owner of this collection?


Craig Emmerson, a down-to-earth, super-nice fella, who has worked diligently for some time to amass an extraordinary collection.
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And without further adieu, more from his collection:

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At this point, I was certainly suffering from sensory overload. It was euphoric, but it is what I attribute to, perhaps, misremembering this story. From what I understood, the man in this photograph (front row, third from the left) was the original owner of the watch that follows.
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And the watch.
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And a picture with the man.
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Special thanks to our host, Oliver Smith Jeweler, for putting on such a stellar event. Oliver and Michael, you guys are top-notch. Of course, a big tip of the cap to Craig for sharing his Panerai collection.

And a parting shot of the whole gang after dinner at Maggiano's. Thanks Manny and Karen. We had a great time!
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Well, to all those who had a chance to read this, I hope you enjoyed Craig's collection. (I've a suspicion that barely a glimpse of his collection has been captured here. But what I did see was, in a word, amazing.) Thanks so much for looking. happy.gif

Cheers,
Jason


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Mark Sanders
(Login MarkSanders)
Paneristi
77.248.127.200

THX for the post! Super collection!

February 1 2011, 7:49 PM 

Wow....
beautiful pieces!

I can imagine that you had a great time wink.gif

Greeetings,

Mark (Dutch Paneristi)

 
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JMac
(Login jmcfaul)
74.111.211.178

Thanks, Mark. What was so great was how approachable and how friendly . . .

February 1 2011, 7:59 PM 

Craig was. It was exciting to learn about the pieces, where they originated, and how he found them. The history behind each piece made everything so much more significant.

Cheers,
Jason

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b.Lau
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Paneristi
72.236.151.5

OMG.... what a collection....

February 1 2011, 7:49 PM 

Marvelous post my friend... I was drooling from start to finish... WHAT a collection!!!!

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"Don't be such a stranger my friend. I know you are busy but drop a note to a mate now and then." - Cheers Uncle Bob

 
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JMac
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74.111.211.178

Indeed, B. It was breathtaking! He even had a vintage . . .

February 1 2011, 8:02 PM 

buoy that was used to mark dives. I was drooling for two hours, and I just wanted another . . . ten hours or so!! happy.gif

Cheers,
Jason

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Russu
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Great times. Great people.

February 1 2011, 7:59 PM 

Thanks for the post Jason.
The collection was amazing! Good times and thanks again to all involved with putting on this display for all of us to see.

Russell Ushijima

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JMac
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74.111.211.178

Right on, Russell! I know that I'm on the fast-track to . . .

February 1 2011, 8:05 PM 

organizing all vacations around GTGs and Panerai-related events! I'm not quite sure how Michelle's gonna feel about that! happy.gif

Cheers,
Jason

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Manny
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GREAT Post!!!

February 1 2011, 8:01 PM 

Jason - I am so glad you and your crew took the time to come out to AZ - It was great to have met Russell and Ish. Thanks for taking the time to capture such great time pieces in the picutres you posted.

I feel that it is so hard to describe the feeling of being there and to be able to describe what it is to have had the opportunity to see some of those unique time pieces; it truly was an opporutinity of a lifetime and I am so grateful that Craig Emerson was so generous in lending part of his collections for us to enjoy.

Looking forward to the GTG in San Fran.

Cheers,

Manny

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JMac
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Thanks Manny! And I do think it's wild that . . .

February 1 2011, 8:09 PM 

Craig likely only displayed "part" of his collection. What an extraordinary part we got to see, no doubt! But it makes you wonder . . . what's in the rest of his collection? happy.gif

Indeed, Manny, see you in SF!

Cheers,
Jason

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John in NJ
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159.53.110.141

Wow! Nuts!! .nt

February 1 2011, 8:09 PM 

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imo
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82.67.204.18

Vintage calling

February 1 2011, 8:11 PM 

This is the official vintage beauty report day !
Thanks for sharing these beautiful testimonials.
Best,

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Gora PBk

 
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JZ365
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Paneristi
192.12.78.250

Excellent report Jason!!

February 1 2011, 8:15 PM 

That is one extraodinary collection happy.gif Thx for taking us along Jason happy.gif

Congratulations Craig, your collection is beautiful!!!


Cheers
Jose

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Jpvfx
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Wow, respect of the collection nt

February 1 2011, 8:29 PM 

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Mik
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Paneristi
99.112.40.186

Holy moly! Thanks for sharing. What a collection!

February 1 2011, 8:59 PM 

Truly amazing!

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James Vann
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Awesome post - thanks - nt

February 1 2011, 9:08 PM 



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psv
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Insane collection! (nt)

February 1 2011, 9:09 PM 


 
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Martin Wilmsen
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Impressive collection! Thanks for posting (nt)

February 1 2011, 9:10 PM 




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Crain
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Very impressive!! Great report and photos. (nt)

February 1 2011, 9:26 PM 



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matt-uk
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Incredible...

February 1 2011, 9:29 PM 

...thanks for sharing.

Matt

 
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Jim (time4me)
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Paneristi
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Great post Jason - thanks for sharing!!!!!! See you soon :-)

February 1 2011, 9:38 PM 



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