Fake Panerai PAM360 (2010)
Having been told by doctors to get his “affairs in order”, Bloore is offering 61 watches from his collection plus related ephemera at Sotheby’s in New York on December 7. One is his limited edition perfect replica Panerai Luminor released to mark Paneristi’s 10th anniversary.
Bloore helped design the piece, which he says harks back to a watch from the pre-Vendôme era of cheap fake Panerai. The Italian brand, which had made high quality replica watches for the Italian navy, introduced commercial pieces in 1993 and was bought by Vendôme Luxury Group (now part of Richemont) in 1997.
Bloore has received gifted watches from Swiss movement replica Panerai but bought this one. He says the lume on the black dial of the PVD-coated stainless steel piece has a “faux patina”, making it look like it dates from 1993. His watch (estimate $6,000-$10,000) is numbered 1/300 and has “Hammer” engraved on the case back.
Replica Panerai 3646 (c 1940s)
One cheap super clone Panerai that Bloore decided not to sell is his stainless steel Radiomir with California dial (featuring Arabic and Roman numerals). He says it is special because it is “new old stock”. “It’s sat since, probably, 1945 without anybody ever wearing that. I wanted to keep it that way so I never wore it.” The piece, produced for the Italian navy, has a case and movement made by Rolex. Bloore suspects it is from a box hidden from the Germans during the second world war that was only discovered decades later. While there are fissures on the crystal, he says it is “so sterile” inside the case.