Discontinued; Made as a Special Edition in only 1000 individually numbered Pieces for G series (2004 production year)
This is a Pre-Owned Watch; Purchased brand new from authorized Panerai dealer in 2006 per included Panerai Warranty Card. Owned by a collector, lightly and carefully worn a handful of times (if that) and shows only the slightest visible signs of occasional wear. It is truly a Time Capsule and an investment grade example of a watch that was purchased in 2006 and well preserved right down to the original boxes papers, tools, straps, booklets, etc. This Watch is in perfect mechanical condition and keeping spot on time. We warranty this watch for 2 years from date of purchase!
Time capsule Specimen- 100% complete with everything as purchased new direct from Panerai dealer including: original Panerai massively oversized Special Edition boxset (triple boxset with serialized stickers on outer box) original Panerai Luminor Submersible 2500m Instruction booklet, Panerai Libretto Warranty Booklet, Panerai plastic Warranty Card (serialized and filled in with original date of purchase name of owner, dealer stamp, etc.), Panerai Special Edition Parchment Scroll (individually numbered and matching to watch), additional Panerai rubber divers strap and strap changing tool--everything as purchased new and as pictured. Additionally, this watch comes with original Panerai Service receipt showing this watch was serviced by Panerai in 2016.
This watch is in ridiculously well preserved condition and looks like it was worn a handful of times (if that) and on a very careful and meticulous basis. All pictures are of actual watch taken date of auction posting. What You See Is (EXACTLY) What you Get. Watch has been professionally serviced by our team of watchmakers and is in perfect mechanical condition, keeping 'spot-on time' well within CoSC Chronometer standards. We guarantee the mechanical soundness of this watch for 2 years from date of purchase.
History of Panerai's 2500m Submersible aka Subzilla:
Panerai has only made 3 versions of its 2500m Submersible and each edition was a 1x Special Edition produced in very limited quantities for only 1 production year for a total of 2100 Submersible 2500m watches made over the past 20 years
First was the PAM194 G released in 2004 in only 1000 pieces and as-pictured. (This is the watch being offered in this auction listing). With its extra thick and beefy titanium case and telltale helium release valve on the side of the case at 9:00, you can easily tell this is a special Deep Divers Watch!
The PAM 358 followed the release of the PAM194 for L series in 2009; a Micro-Edition Special Edition produced in only 100 pieces for Paris based Panerai dealer Chronopassion. The PAM358 was unique in that it was made as a Destro for Lefties with winding crown at 9:00 instead of standard 3:00 and the date indication was concealed, (i.e. this watch has no date indication, its there, it is just covered up by the dial without a cut-out slot to view the date). With the exception of the re-orientation of the winding crown at 9:00 and lacking date indication, this watch looks like a mirror reflection of the PAM 194.
The next 2500m Submersible was the PAM 364 produced in 1000 pieces for P series, 2013 production year. The PAM364 is almost identical to the PAM 194 except tthat under the hood it is powered by Panerai's in-house manufacture 3-days power reserve movement. Additionally, the PAM 364 has oversized 'Dot' style hour indicators instead of stick markers 9as featured on 194 and 358) and there are differences in the gasket around the crystal and under the bezel.
These 3 watches composing a total of 2100 watches make up Panerai's current offering of 2500m Deep Diver submersibles, and all of these watches are long discontinued and completely sold out!