I originally published this Panerai history story on Jake's Rolex World, years ago, and I wanted to add it to Jake's Panerai World–where it ideally belongs.
When I wrote this story, I was completely overwhelmed with trying to put together many of the mysterious Panerai history puzzle pieces. Out of all the stories I have researched, and I have researched many, the Panerai story is unusually shrouded in mystery and intrigue, and it seems to never end. Like any good mystery, when you solve one mystery, it presents you with an additional mystery.
My Panerai history story includes many exclusive documents that were first published as part of this story, and it includes many photos, documents and details you won't find anywhere else.
In the last couple of years, I have learned so much more about the history of Panerai, and in the future–as time permits–I plan to significantly overhaul this story to make it better, by making it more thorough, detailed and cohesive.
Rolex made all the original Panerai watches from the later 1930s through the 1950s, which explains why the Panerai History story is part 3 of my 18 part series named The Complete History Of The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER: Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean. If you are interested in learning more about Rolex's diving watch history click the link above, otherwise enjoy this story, and I also included the table of contents for the above mentioned story at the end of this story.
This next image shows the backside of the Rolex made Panerai Reference 2533. The case back has been removed for this photo to expose the Rolex movement.
This next Rolex invoice is dated March 7, 1939 for the sale of 15 more Reference 2533 Panerai watches. The translation reads "Oyster steel special for divers, (dials supplied by the house PANERAJ), without leather bracelets, or boxes." So Rolex delivered the watches assembled, with Panerai dials on the watches, but without straps or boxes. Also on the invoice you notice Rolex misspelled PANERAI and instead typed "PANERAJ" twice.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed my Panerai History story, which originally was published on Jake's Rolex World as part of my series named The Complete History Of The Rolex Submariner & SEA-DWELLER: Rolex's Conquest Of The Ocean. I included the table of contents from this 18 part series below, of which the Panerai history is part 3.