Rare PaneraiPAM 2A Series Officine Panerai, Firenze 1860, "Luminor", Made in a limited series of 1000 pieces in 1998.
Model: Luminor PAM 9B
Movement: ETA 6497 automatic movement, rhodium-plated, special Panerai decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator. Watch works within COSC.
Case: Two-body, brushed, screwed-down case back, straight lugs, patented crown with security lever, sapphire crystals. So scuff and light scratches around case and lever protection but case is unpolished from new.
Dial: Matte black dial with yellow luminous numerals and indices, with white hour and minute hands. T Swiss T indicates that the numerals and indices are painted with tritium.
No. A00XX / 1000
Size: 44mm Thickness: 14mm
Giovanni Panerai founded Officine Panerai in Florence 1860. By his grandson Guido's tenure, Panerai specialized in diving instruments and watches for the frogmen of the Italian Marina Militare. However, unable to meet increasingly-strenuous naval specifications, Officine Panerai began to release watches to the civilian market in the 1990s; enter Sly Stallone, whose affinity for the brand brought Officine Panerai to international attention.
Richemont acquired Officine Panerai in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Panerai launched the Luminor PAM 2A and 2B series in limited numbers of 1000 to 1500 pieces. These watches comprise the Luminor base models. These watches, notable for the T Swiss T on the dial, feature tritium numerals and indices on the dial, and are thus highly collectible.