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The Pre-V box post

February 29 2012 at 3:02 PM

Asi  (Login Asimut)
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Once again a disclaimer: these posts are not in any way definitive. As always, take them with a grain of salt, just looking to learn together... happy.gif

Photo credits (unless otherwise specified) go to Germán and Hammer.


What we find when we look at pre-V boxes is 4 types from 2 makers. Here they are in chronological order.




1) Type A -

This was a mahogany box with a magnet type latch. The inlay was light green. No outer blue box was supplied with this configuration (There were some discussions of a green box with no logo that housed some boxes (I recall Dirk had one) but this is not confirmed). Producer of this box was Romagnoli. Early 201/A, 202/A, 203/A and 301/A models were supplied in this box. When 'early' is mentioned, remember it has nothing to do with the serial number. The watches were supplied to Panerai in non sequential order.


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2) Type B

This was also a mahogany box of similar proportions. The inlay was beige with "envelope" style flaps, one of which was embossed with the logo. The latch was a pin type. This box was supplied in a thin blue cardboard box. Producer of this box was MVM.


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3) Type C

This was a burl wood box of the same proportions. Lines were not rounded as the mahogany boxes. The inlay was light grey with a similar envelope style like Type B. The latch was also like Type B, pin. This box came in a thick blue cardboard box. Producer was the same as type B, MVM.


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4) Type D

This was also a burl wood box, but was much larger and was used for the Slytech Special Edition watches. Inlay was beige and a pin latch was used. This box came in a thick blue cardboard box of the same style as Type C (only larger). Producer was MVM.


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Stickers

The wood boxes had stickers on them with abbreviation of the model and the serial number. In that way, 201/A was L (Luminor), 202/A was LMM (Luminor Marina Militare), 203/A was LMAR (Luminor Marina) and 301/A was MN (Mare Nostrum). The first round of stickers was done on a paper (rounded corners, see the L and LMM) and later a plastic sticker was used (see the LMAR and MN).

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The thin green cardboard box – AFAIK was not supplied with any watch and existed as a few prototype samples.

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Cheers and best from the holyland,

~Asi~



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This message has been edited by Asimut from IP address 81.43.245.10 on Apr 16, 2012 7:37 AM


 
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