The Pre-V box postFebruary 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...
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.
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.
photo credit: Eddie Sanchez
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.
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.
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).
The thin green cardboard box – AFAIK was not supplied with any watch and existed as a few prototype samples.
photo credit: Eddie Sanchez
Cheers and best from the holyland,
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- Very well made and instructive post Bijo :)) - J-F on Feb 29, 2012, 4:28 PM
- very very interesting .... - niellaccio on Feb 29, 2012, 6:58 PM
- Great read Asi! Were the plaques and libretto clips >>>>> - Rick-O on Feb 29, 2012, 7:48 PM
- Thx Asi, especially the clarification about the outer blue box . n/t - tomi on Feb 29, 2012, 10:07 PM
- And there was also an...... - Polleke on Feb 29, 2012, 10:10 PM
- An intersting observation on the box stickers---> - Socko on Feb 29, 2012, 10:57 PM
- really love the Type A and B boxes... - Pritam on Feb 29, 2012, 10:59 PM
- This is great information - Lou in SoCal on Mar 1, 2012, 1:30 AM
- great info ! thanx asi .. - sgbing on Mar 1, 2012, 3:51 AM
- Excellent post Asi!! - hongT on Mar 1, 2012, 6:57 AM
- Great Info. Thanks !!! - Alex on Mar 1, 2012, 8:17 AM
- Thank you Asi , brings allot of clarity otherwise not known or understood !! 8-P (nt) - Hammer on Mar 1, 2012, 9:47 AM
- Nice boxes and great post !!! - Ken on Mar 1, 2012, 1:40 PM
- So much to learn... - Trevor on Mar 1, 2012, 6:00 PM
- Another great post... - Kostas on Mar 1, 2012, 10:02 PM
- A & B boxes > - tomi on Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 PM
- That's some of the sexiest wood and cardboard ....... - Eddie Sanchez on Mar 6, 2012, 9:49 PM
- Hi Asi, what about this box? - Tuscanii on Mar 12, 2012, 1:34 PM
- Sensational post - Robbie-Doooooooooo on Mar 15, 2012, 12:46 PM
- tks - bossino2011 on Mar 15, 2012, 1:40 PM
- interesting - nick on Apr 5, 2012, 4:06 PM
- How can I get me one of these boxes? - Rendy Latief on Apr 6, 2012, 9:55 AM