(Login Asimut) High Heid Yin from IP address 22.214.171.124
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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Agree, the box Paul is showing is probably from a 6-7-8. >>
March 1 2012, 5:08 AM
Mine came in that style box with a plain dark blue (black) cardboard box. The cardboard box is slightly oversized for the wooden box and uses some tissue to take up the excess space so I'm not sure if it is correct.
wish Panerai would go back to using those. Something very awesome about the size, shape and organization of it. I somehow feel that the normal Pearwood and SE boxes are too bulky. I realize some of it might be to protect the watches during shipment but the original A and B styles were much more elegant. Thanks for the write-up Asi.
That one doesn't look kosher to me ? I've never seen one with a black felt bottom , or the fixings for the Panerai oval plate , and it's hard to tell from the image but the closure fixing doesn't look right either ? It only takes a second to talk something bad , but a lifetime to prove something right so my thoughts as I said are probably wrong but that doesn't look right to me ?
Surely Asi will know for sure , I'll await his thoughts so please don't read anything into my guesses OK
So much MORE than just a Watch
What Watch ,, it's the M8TES behind my brand that I LOVE ,, the Watch is just the GPS
A decade on ,, I COPY it now ,, More than EVER b4 >> it's a PANERAI behind every Panerai is a PANERISTI
And dat , SIMPLY blows me away ,, U Bet....................... BBQ Drew RIP
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