Marina Militare. The magic words of Panerai… Really?
The relationship with the Italian Navy is the true origin of Panerai watches and therefore from almost its beginnings Marina Militare has figured in the dials of this company.
What makes these models so special?
Is the scarcity of this pieces real?
In order to find the motives that somehow justify this fatal attraction, I think first cause could be to appeal to the innate fascination of the Paneristi for Vintage models.
It´s impossible to see any catalog, book or pamphlet of this “young” manufacture that does not show attractive photographs watches from the 40s to 50s with this inscription which finally produces in the “anxious” buyer a fire image etched in his subconscious ( first step to provoke compulsive buying).
Some examples of the most used of these times:
The second variable would be the difficulty to obtain them based on the number of pieces produced. Well let’s see if the first condition joins this second making the MM irresistible.
We review all pieces produced by Panerai since gives the step of offering their watches to “civilians”, this is from 1993 to the present, since from the previous era it is very difficult to classify and to count watches because of their character of military instruments that gave them a secret halo joined to more or less disorganized production of those pieces and the fact that many documents were lost because of the floods that affected the famous and emblematic store of Piazza di San Giovanni.
PRE-V (From 1993 to 1997)
Panerai 5218-202/A. Year 1993 y 1994.
Luminor 44mm Steel PVD treatment and Unitas 6497 caliber.
Total 1993 – 1997: 150 Units produced (1993 were made 90 + 10 Protos and 1994 others 50)
VENDOME – RICHEMONT (1997 to present)
Panerai PAM 36. Year 1999 SE of 200 watches.
Luminor 44mm Matte Titanium, doble sapphire crystal front and back, OP II caliber. Brown dial.
Panerai PAM 82 “Amerigo Vespucci” Year 2000 SE 300 pieces.
Luminor 44mm Matte Titanium, sapphire crystal, OP II caliber. Blue dial.
Panerai PAM 217 Year 2005 SE 1000 pieces.
Luminor 1950 Left Hand 47mm Matte steel case, doble sapphire Crystal front and back, OP XI caliber. Must be add 11 watches OOR (Out Of Range).
Panerai PAM 267 Year 2008 SE 6 watches.
Luminor 1950 47mm Matte Steel, doble sapphire Crystal front and back, Eight days manual winding Angelus SF 240 caliber. Brown dial.
Panerai PAM 339 Year 2010 SE 1.500 pieces.
Radiomir 47mm Composite, Sapphire Crystal, P2002/7 Caliber. Brown dial.
Panerai PAM 587 Year 2014 SE 1.000 pieces.
Radiomir 1940 47mm Polished Steel, Plexiglass front and Sapphire Crystal back, classic P3000 caliber.
Panerai PAM 673 Year 2016 SE 1.000 watches.
Luminor 1950 47mm Polished Steel, Plexiglass front and Sapphire Crystal back, new P3000 caliber.
Total 1997 – February 2016: 5,017 Units produced
Group together numbers and would have a cumulative total of 5,167 watches with the MM dial.
Reviewed numbers we can confirm that MM dials are a rare species within Panerai offer, bearing in mind that the approximate total volume of watches produced by Panerai from 93 to 2016 may be in the range of 700,000 to 800,000 watches which means that MM would represent less than 1% of total production.
Finally the third factor that we could take into account is the capacity of collection in itself that offer these acronyms. Reviewing the list of models mentioned above, it should be noted that Panerai has taken great care of the cases in which he has mounted these dials giving the possibility of enjoying all his emblematic models (Luminor, Radiomir, Rad 1940 y Luminor 1950); in addition to being all models limited editions. Therefore, we add this feature to the list of Pros that accompany the MM dials.
Before finishing this review, a fourth reason could be added but the controversy that in itself generates almost justify a separate review, I´m referring to the capacity of use inscription Marina Militare by Panerai in his dials. This justification has two aspects, one historical and one legal.
By historical way, I don´t think there is anyone who doubts their ability to use it for reasons of collaboration with Italian Navy for so many years, reason wielded by theirs followers usually.
Regarding the legal part, since 1993 the condition of commercial company elevated to luxury brand in the last 10 years approximately, it´s clear that the Italian Navy is not in agreement to allow the use by Panerai of the MM arriving at quarrels and judgments that have impacted (I believe in favor of the Florentine brand) adding uncertainty to the possibility of continuing production; always that one of these models has been presented the tag is “may be the last PAM MM”.
At this point I review the names used by Panerai but registered in the name of Compagnie Financiere Ritchemont SA:
OP (flecha símbolo)
As far as we are concerned it seems that the registration of the patent expired in 2015, and until now, there is an uncertainty on weather this has been renewed or not, in order to avoid more controversy i simply could not confirm it. Therefore the question is … will the spectacular PAM 673 be the last specimen of this species?
The final conclusion taking everything would be that indeed, Marina Militare are “the authentic magic words” of Panerai.