Vintage Panerai • "Watches with History / History1".
Our new book documents the stories of three german "Kampfschwimmer" units, their training in Italy and northern Germany, their missions at the eastern front in the last weeks of the 2nd world war, followed by the story of the commander of the italian submarine "Ambra" who delivered SLC and Gamma units to their target zones at the harbours of northern Africa. These four personal stories are building the columns of moving chapters together with detailed views on their watches, using latest extracts of the authors’ database of today existing vintage Panerai watches.
Almost two years of intensive research, diary extracts, interviews with the veterans, combined with more than 250 historical photos, maps, documents from allied secret services and 30 illustrations are writing Panerai’s unique history.
Format: 26 x 26 cm, 420 pages, trilingual (= german, italian and english language in one book), hardback jacket, slipcase.
Some preview photos of the book below. It has the same large format as "The References", 26 x 26 cm.
The hardcover is made of grey canvas and brown leather, a hommage to the historical boxes and packages of Panerai products.
Text elements are embossed black, an IAC/Pirelli Mod. 49 diving mask (used by Italian and german frogmen units) is "blind embossed" on the frontcover.
The backside holds our website, also embossed black.
The book has a weight of more than 3 kilos including the slipcase which is made of the same grey canvas matching the cover:
FAQ: How "thick" are 420 pages? There you go: comparing 228 ("Watches with History" 2007), 368 ("The References" 2009) and 420 pages ("History1" 2012)
Comparing the 2007 edition of our book "Watches with History" (sold out) with the new 2012 edition "History1":
Some photo impressions:
You can find an introduction of all four chapters at our website, using the tag "history1".
The book is in stock and can be ordered athttp://www.vintagepanerai.com/books/. It will be delivered in a cardboard box for maximum protection during shipping:
Price is 189,- Euro plus shipping fees.
(Germany 7,00 Euro. Europe 13,00 Euro. U.S. / Asia / Overseas / worldwide 23,00 Euro)
Volker & Ralf
representin' the DNA of Panerai