Features of the watch:
Dial: “Radiomir Panerai” (sandwich, engraved)
Case number: 997583
Movement: Rolex Cal. 618 / Type 1 mod.
The references produced in the 1950′s and 1960′s show clearly differences in caseback markings. Beside the different shapes of center cases and lugs between 6152, 6154 and 6152/1, different Rolex markings are visible when caseback removed.
The illustration shows the following caseback versions:
Ref. 6152 Rolex (with case number)
Ref. 6154 Montres Rolex S.A. (with case number)
Ref. 6152/1 Montres Rolex S.A. (without case number)
You can read and see more about the different versions of Ref. 615X watches in our 2nd book “Vintage Panerai – The References”.
Even with an impressive case size of 47 millimeters, the Ref. 6154 watch looks pretty small compared to the instruments around, which have a case size of 70 x 90 mm.
Left: depth gauge (30 meters)
“Radiomir Panerai” dial, coated 70 mm case.
Center: watch (Ref. 6154)
“Egiziano Piccolo” with “Radiomir Panerai” dial, 47 mm case.
Dial divided into 22.5° sections, coated 70 mm case.
It was 1999 when by accident I stumbled onto what was formerly a military secret, “Panerai Watches”. as a collector of both vintage and military watches most of my life and with a deep affinity for the sea, the attraction was instant for these grand “Bella’s”, and so the love affair began!
In 2001 I saw a Vintage Panerai that encaptured such beauty as I had never seen before, the reference 6154, also known as the “Egiziano Piccolo” created specially for the Egyptian Navy in the year 1954. As specified in the order, the watch was to be fitted with the famous Panerai Radiomir Dial, Big Crown & Unique Case, a very different watch to the existing ref’s 6152 and 6152/1 and whilst this reference was not my first vintage dream, a 6152/1 (the foundation of the Panerai crown guard) I always lusted deeply after a 6154.
Another accident in 2006 changed my life completely and forever but my Love for Panerai got me through the darkest times and kept my mind smiling when my body could not.