Watch MMT500-O.P.V./(II Version 2009 + 160th Ann. -Palombari-)
Already introduced in its first version the May 20th 2006, during the VI Meeting Club Panerai, now we officially show you the second version (2009) of the watch
(Marina Militare Tested 500 metres-Officine Panzeri Viareggio)
the first waterproof and individually tested 500 metres (50 atm) watch, now supplied, like technical equipment, to the Underwater Men and to the Commandos Unit -Com. Sub. In.- of the Italian Navy -Marina Militare- (as result according the second official agreement no. 15275 of the December, 16th 2008), after having passed hard tests, requested by the same Italian Navy.
The MMT500-O.P.V. is authorized to the operative use at the maximum depth allowed according now the technical equipment of the -Com. Sub. In.-, i. e. the Commandos Unit of the Italian Navy (Marina Militare).
Produced in few units per year (about 200) for the civilian market, now you can have one of them, so join us and wear the new MMT500-O.P.V!
For the 160th Anniversary of the Italian Navy'S Helmet Divers School (1849-2009), the 24th July 2009 has been introduced the Limited Edition called -Palombari- (Helmet Divers), issued in 160 units and reserved only to the Helmet Divers equipped with the italian military patenting. The watch, with buckle-case back, crown and dial personalized, is equipped with three straps (military kenvas-kevlar and shark) and a parchment with the number of the military commission of the Helmet and Scuba Diver, assignee of the watch.
See also the photos of the Ceremony for the Patenting of 9 Helmet Divers-G.O.S. at the -Com. Sub. In.- of the 11th December 2009, in which, to the first arrived at the training course for Helmet Diver (or Commando), is given free the watch MMT500/O.P.V., directly from the watchmaker Umberto Panzeri at the presence of the 1st Admiral Commander. See also in the official site of the Italian Navy.
Info also about the MMT500/O.P.V. in the following book, issued for the 160th anniversary of the Italian Navy's Helmet Divers:
Palombari della Marina Militare Italiana. 1849-2009
(Helmet Divers of the Italian Navy. 1849-2009)
by F. Vitale and G. Betrò, ed. La Mandragora, Imola-I
Cod. ISBN: 978-88-7586-242-8
(Pages 460, cm 30x21.5, Italian only)
Volker Wiegmann-Germany, with an Helmet Diver-G.O.S. of the Italian Navy's Commandos, during the visit into their HQ housed in Le Grazie (near La Spezia) of May, 19th 2007, for the VII Meeting Club Panerai: both with the MMT500 watch in the first version (i. e., both with the Civilian and both with the Military version...).
THE MMT500 (I Version) HAS BEEN USED ALSO IN THE XXIII EXPEDITION, 2007/8 ITALIAN ANTARCTICA MISSION
Here below, we publish the photos of the MMT500 (I Version), successfully used in the (Italian Scientific) XXIII Expedition-Antarctica Mission 2007/8, from an Helmet Diver-G.O.S. of the Italian Navy's Commandos.