It’s no secret I am just a little obsessed about Panerai watches. I have been a loyal supporter and have been wearing this brand for over 10 years now. I never have owned or dug deep into the depths of the highly coveted Destro or Left-Handed watches Panerai makes.
Firstly , I would love to own one because they are a major part of Panerai watch history and DNA and secondly because they are really bad ass looking and different from any Panerai watch out there today.
Historically, the left-handed Panerai Destro came out in the 1940’s and were made for Italian Naval Officers to wear on their right hand while their wrist watch was worn on the left hand. This also served a purpose for visibility as they were over sized depth gauges and because the device protecting the crown was on the opposite side of the case, it was easy for the Naval officers to wind so their glove wouldn’t get in the way. This also insured that if one of their watches for any reason broke under water, they would have another watch on their other wrist to time their descents.
The Panerai Destro or Left-handed has become a cult watch amongst collectors and enthusiasts alike. These watches have evolved into some of the most popular and highly collectible pieces from Panerais arsenal. Some of these pieces like the PAM00217, left-handed 47 mm 1950 Marina Militaire retailed some seven years ago for $9,900 and today if you can find one $19,000 isn’t unreasoanble at all!
If you want to get your hands on a production piece that Panerai makes today and have something exclusive, different and a symbol of Panerais history, then you should buy the PAM00219, pictured below. Since it’s release in 2005 till now they have only manufactured 3,500 pieces for the world, which is less than 500 pieces a year. This watch has a sandwich dial, hand wound ETA movement with Geneva striping, 44 mm stainless steel case, see through case back and retails for $7,300
Technical Info for PAM00219
Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP X calibre, 16½ lignes, 17 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 56 hours. Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges.
Diameter 44mm, AISI 316L Polished steel.
See-through sapphire crystal.
DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN
(protected as a trademark) Brushed steel.
Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and markers.
Sapphire, formed of corundum, 3.5 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
30 bar (~300 metres).
PANERAI personalised leather strap and large size steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai