Far outstripping its top estimate of €120,000, this extremely rare timepiece originally belonged to Rear Admiral Amedeo Vesco of the Italian Navy – a World War II hero who participated in the commando operations of the MAS Flotilla. Its cushion-shaped steel case measures 47mm in diameter and features a screw-down winding crown and a screw back. The watch’s black dial has Arabic figures, ‘baton’ markers, and luminous hands, and is inscribed with ‘Radiomir Panerai’. Its Rolex mechanical movement operates inside a protective capsule with 15 jewels and a Côte de Genève decoration.
Auctioned by Artcurial in Monaco for €226,000.