Up for your consideration is a very special and complete Pre-Vendome 5218-201/A. I originally sold this piece 8+ years ago on Paneristi to an important Panerai collector, and I have recently re-acquired it back from the same collector. It was in his safety deposit box for the last 10 years laying unworn.
The watch is in 95% condition, featuring an unpolished case with only the slightest rash on the lugs from a previous strap change. (You all know how difficult it is to change on these early pieces.) The dial is flawless, and features a warm matching tone to the hands. Crownguard is sharp and bears the original factory finish.
The watch really does come complete- Inner and outer blue paper box are both present, as is the signed libretto bearing the serial number, as well as a set of extra screws and the original Panerai signed screwdriver. Even the little card explaining about the mahogany box is present. As the watch was serviced in Japan some point many years ago, the original red service pouch is also included. (No receipt)
The watch comes on an original sharkskin strap that is in 90% condition that has a crease on the last hole, and a few very minor nicks on the buckle. A second brand new unworn strap is included, and it is the first that I had ever seen in this color. Its somewhat of a dark brown/oxblood, and was original to the watch as purchased new. Strap gurus please feel free to let me know if you know what the deal is with this one.
Watch is located in the SF Bay area, and is available for purchase at $42k USD shipped and insured world wide. I ship via Fedex and insure via 3rd party insurer. I am a well known vintage Rolex dealer and have impeccable refs.