There was a transitional period at the end of the Pre V era, and at the moment when Cartier Vendome bought the brand ( March 1997 )
They bought the brands, and received, with the brand, the projects, and among them, the " Projetto Slytech ".
POY wrote szome very interesting thinghs about it, and if he comes by here, he will certainly share with us some of his informations, as he is one of the very few to know and to speak about what he knows.
In the Projetto Slytech, you had several watches which saw the light after March 1997.
We had the Pam 21, the Pam 36 / 40, the Submersible, for instance.
Some other watches were ordered by Panerai to a " Sous Traitant " (in French ) and came into Panerai Vendome Hands after March '97.
So was the case of the Blackseal Slytech.
It may also be the case with the watch pictured in your post, Sam.
Nicolas.This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-02-06 12:06:57
these were developed and prototyped in 1996. it sports a rotating bezel and has a UNITAS 6497.
we could be reading from same source. does your book mention 5 pieces, and also the PVD 5218-218?
Although the watch was a plan in 1996, nothing was drawn or scheduled. To my knowledge and my late relationship with most important members of Officine Panerai in Firenze till 2003, this watch was not produced nor prototyped, well at least till 2003.
Sounds like this is another " success " from the usual suspects...
I already see one writing the libretto, an another one signing it.
What do we use to say?
" The world is divided in 2 parts: Those who know, and those who dig ..
Dig, Tuco, Tig. "
Nicolas.This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-02-07 03:06:35
you never knows what is/are ever produce, If u are lucky or fortunate to get the the ''List'', then u will know. Again, some said this list does not exist.
Personally , just read about it and do not ponder too much.
If you see one, may I suggest you to run away?
but when you say: illegally Produced ?! do you mean Fake?
thanks for sharing
I missed this post and instead asked Nico the question I'm about to ask you
Do you have any details of why the bezel would need maintenance? It doesn't appear particularly interesting (or legible)
This watch was
intended and destined solely for military use.
Part of the specifications was that the rotating bezel could be locked at any given position, this to avoid any accidental mistiming.
The bezel once positioned at any required position it would lock itself making use the protecting crown lever, which therefore had two principal functions.
The developed part was made of elastomer and it needed replacement after a speculated 100 hours of use.
Also, because this piece was destined for military use, it could not have been issued in any reflective material!
I am still searching more info, if any I might keep you informed..