UNITAS 6497: THE SURPRISING CALIBRE WHICH (LIKELY) SPARKED THE TREND FOR BIG WATCHES

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Many collectors credit Stallone’s indelible performance in Daylight whilst wristed with a Panerai for sparking the trend for big watches but the inception and taint in the horological zeitgeist began as early as three years earlier in 93 with the brand’s resurgence of Panerai’s Marina. Sure, Stallone might have catapulted the idea of a wrist behemoth acceptable for a daily beater but this trend began as something as innocently as needing a right movement and not finding one. To herald the brand’s return, Panerai first turned to Rolex, an understandable reflex given the depth of history between Panerai and then Rolex/Cortebert but Wilsdorf’s firm had turned them down and the Florentine brand had to turn to the humble Unitas 6497.

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