You unscrew the case backHow can I know for sure? With an solid case back, there's no way of telling for sure.
Hold on. This was a run of 150 watches out of how many Panerai has made? And the Amazon/Costco issue applies to plenty of other luxury brands where some distributor has gotten hold of a limited supply of watches. They are not authorizing the sale of Panerai at Costco. So take a step back. It's all ok.I have to be honest, seeing this thread and the whole Amazon/Costco now selling Panerai, I'm starting to doubt Panerai's exclusiveness.
It is true. That is what Officine panerai puts in the 318. A $150 bone stock eta 6497. On a $4500 watch.Maybe I didn't get the whole picture (haven't read all the posts), but I seriously doubt Panerai would release something with a base ETA 6497-2. It's not even signed.
If I had to guess, I would say whoever sold the watch (or some middle-man) took the movement from the Panerai and slapped a base ETA on it (easy peasy job). Since it's a solid caseback, it would probably take years before the owner realised it had a bogus movement (if the owner took it in for service - some don't).
In all likeliness, there's some watch out there (ETA/Unitas base) with the Panerai movement on it.
If indeed Panerai let something like this through (which I highly doubt), oh well...o|
If you're worried, then I think you should. But I believe it's already been done and the other boutique editions like the 417 and 390 have the usual pretty movements. This seems to be isolated to the 318. No need for everyone to panic.Makes me want to open up the back of my LE 417 Edition... I'd be VERY upset if what resided inside was anything similar to what the original post showed in the 318!!
I tend to think someone swapped the Pam movement for a base movement. I do not know. I may have to pull the back of mine now and take a peak... hmmm.
I think there was a hint of humor/sarcasm when he mentioned it. It is not a uniquely high finished oddity which can possibly gain in value. If Panerai slapped in 50 low end Chinese/Jap movements solid case back for an Asian L.E. would it also make it more valuable over time - I think not. In the end I think the reaction of the unaware owners and potential admirers says it all.Let's assume that Panerai did in fact put a base 6497 movement in the 318, then I'd wonder if the guy in the risti thread was right, in that maybe these will be sought after pieces considering the limited 150 of them in circulation and the, gulp, base 6497 movement inside. It'll be interesting to see what the value of these things will be in near future if any appear in the used market.