Eppli to auction an engraved Ref. 3646 / Type D

by on Jun.09, 2018, under Allgemein

Auction House Eppli (Stuttgart/Germany) features a Ref. 3646 / Type D with anonymous, painted brass dial and engraved caseback in their September auction. Eppli is known for auctioning another Ref. 3646 / Type D with brass dial two years ago in April 2016.

Rahmen_Bild_2018_Eppli_TypeD_1This 3646 / Type D is recorded in our database since April 2018 and appears for auction for the first time. The watch features a typical Rolex 618 / Type 1 movement and comes with an original leather strap sewn onto the soldered lugs of the cushion shaped case including its original nickel plated brass pin buckle (“ergonomically” customised – bent down, like we know it from many other buckles of this type).

The watch has been consigned for auction at Eppli by the family of the first owner, who was a “Kampfschwimmer” at the end of the Second World War. Several documents of this era, as well as historic photos of the first owner are part of the lot and making it a very rare “full set”.

Rahmen_Bild_2018_Eppli_TypeD_2The engraved initials on the caseback “HM” (surrounded by the year of his service as “Kampfschwimmer” in 1945) are matching the name of the German frogman. We have published more on this watch in our Watch Point.

Watches of the Reference 3646 / Type D are featured in our book “The References” 1930’s-1940’s in chapter II.IV (page 398-531). We hope that this watch will find a good new home and remains surfaced in the Vintage Panerai collectors world. [Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann]

[Photos courtesy of Auktionshaus Eppli e.K.]

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