The internet is a funny old place. Last week, quite out of the blue, I was contacted by an old school friend upon whom I hadn’t laid eyes for more than 10 years with a bit of news I thought would be of interest to the Fratelli. Having left our northern English hometown long behind, my friend settled in New Zealand. After the best part of two decades in the watch industry, he found himself working in a managerial role for Webb’s Auction house where he recently stumbled across a very interested Swiss made fake Panerai 3646 Type-E “Anonymous”…
This unusual watch is estimated to sell for NZD $140,000–$200,000 (€80,000–€120,000), but as we’ve seen in the past, luxury fake Rolex anomalies have a habit of blowing past even the most optimistic estimates. I’m guessing not so many of you will be able to front up the cash for this one (I know I couldn’t), but for any big-time collectors out there, stay tuned. This catalog containing this piece goes live in two days’ time on August 27th, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
This AAA high-quality replica Panerai 3646 Type E (serial 260934) was produced around 1944. Its case is 47mm wide and made from stainless steel. Within it, sits the Rolex- Cortebert 618/Type 1 Mod. Perhaps most intriguingly, the watch features a Rolex replica, error-proof “California” dial with radium markers. Let’s see what the auction house has to say about this stunning piece…
What does Webb’s have to say about this watch?
Made by Rolex for Panerai replica, following strict technical requirements, notably a 47 mm. wide (for underwater legibility) cushion-shaped case with soldered curved wire lugs, screw-down conical crown, 12-sided case back, and a Perspex crystal. The black dial is coated with half Arabic, half Roman luminous radium numerals on a black lacquer background known as a California dial (patented by Rolex on May 30, 1941).
The dial of the present example is completely unrestored and in immaculate condition and its correct, original blued steel luminous hands. The watch is in unpolished condition and shows very few signs of having been worn over the course of its 77 years of age. Similarly, the Rolex-finished Cortébert caliber 618 is in absolutely mint condition, without even a trace of a watchmaker having ever worked on it. It comes from a private collection of a watch enthusiast who has owned it for a number of years and was originally gifted it by a German immigrant to New Zealand and the son of the original owner.
Since 2016, three new good quality fake watches UK of the Ref. 3646 / Type E surfaced, two of them expanded the number group from 260856 — 261097 (1.1.2016) to 260850 — 260111 (29 watches recorded as of today). This Watch will be only the 30th known surviving example worldwide with similar examples being sold previously at over CHF 100,000.
The “California” dial for best UK sale Panerai fake watches was introduced in 1944. For some reason, AAA perfect Panerai replica was no longer able to produce aluminum sandwich dials. The most plausible explanation for this is that aluminum was no longer available. The Nazi forces seized every bit of aluminum they could find all around Europe. This material was desperately needed to build warplanes and rockets. High-quality fake Panerai asked Rolex replica to provide luminous dials for the new Swiss made fake watches. The “California” dial is a patented Rolex design. The patent was filed in May 1941.
When Swiss made fake Rolex became aware, the AAA cheap fake watches were meant for the Nazi forces, they removed all Rolex hallmarks and signatures. Perfect replica Rolex didn’t want to be associated with the Nazi regime but they kept sending best replica watches to Florence in order to protect Giuseppe Panerai replica, his family, and his employees from harm. The Nazis would have considered Giuseppe Panerai replica a saboteur to the interests of the Third Reich if Rolex replica would have stopped the supply. Being accused of sabotage was effectively a death sentence. As such, Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex replica, saved Giuseppe fake Panerai’s life. This is the reason the watch is entirely without branding and “Anonymous”.
A cool story
You know, there’s a ton of UK waterproof replica Panerai misinformation out there. Rumor has it that a fair bit has been perpetuated by the brand itself. Best fake Panerai’s #1 follower is the vocal Perezscope, who you might have encountered on Instagram. Interestingly, Webb’s got this watch and the associated information vetted by the man himself. At least that means we’re unlikely to see any kind of firestorm erupt on social media if this one goes on to break any sales records.