Rare Bird: Pre-Vendome Panerai Luminor Marina ref. 5218-203/A Serial Number 0002. A Full Set Up for Auction and a Paneristi Dream Come True. (Update with Hammer Price)

Today, we stopped by Chicago's leading auction house Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and found several amazing timepieces going for sale during their Fine Timepieces Auction Sale 280 taking place this next Monday December 9th at 5:30pm CST. Among the rarities and special timepieces to be auctioned, we came across Lot 51, an amazing mint Pre-Vendome Panerai Luminor Marina ref. 5218-203/A in a full set accompanied by its outer blue box, wooden box, Panerai booklet with certificate dated November 9th, 1994, service documentation affixed to the booklet, additional brand new and unused Panerai Pre-Vendome strap, Panerai screwdriver and even a set of four new screws for those that tend to mar their screws when changing straps.

This amazing watch is fitted with a titanium nitrate treated stainless steel case measuring 44 mm in diameter, a matte black dial with small seconds at 9 o'clock and fitted with the manual wound Unitas calibre UT6497. Only 200 pieces were ever made of this timepiece and we consider this watch to be even more special because of its extremely low serial number 0002. This is what we call "a true Panerai collector's dream come true". Our educated guess, is that this watch will be selling on Monday around the low of the estimate which is set at $35,000-55,000 USD. Update: The watch fetched a hammer price of $30,000 USD yesterday evening.

We will know let the rest of our pictures, do the talking. Please do not use this images or our content as your buying guide or condition report for this watch, as only Leslie Hindman Auctioneers can provide you with such information.

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