10 MUST-HAVE-X-MAS-PRESENTS | #01 | VINTAGE PANERAI HISTORY 2 BOOK

he guys, the next days before christmas i will tell you what i would put on my wish-list for santa claus when i were you. all this stuff i own myself and for this it is guaranteed life-time-gear approved. i will start with this fantastic books.

maybe you remember LTG post about VINTAGE PANERAI HISTORY 2 from july 2013. i was exalted about the book that i read it completely in 2 days. and believe me, this book just as HISTORY 1 is not only for PANERAI lovers. the stories about the KAMPFSCHWIMMER and their adventures and experiences during WWII are really fascinating and impressive. both books VINTAGE PANERAI HISTORY 1 and 2 are available at: www.vintagepanerai.com .

here some sentences from the authors VOLKER WIEGMANN and RALF EHLERS about these two fascinating books.

Watches with History – History 1: This book documents the stories of three german “Kampfschwimmer” units, their training in Italy and northern Germany, their missions at the eastern front in the last weeks of the 2nd world war, followed by the story of the commander of the italian submarine “Ambra” who delivered SLC and Gamma units to their target zones at the harbours of northern Africa. These four personal stories are building the columns of moving chapters together with detailed views on their watches, using latest extracts of the authors’ database of today existing vintage Panerai watches. The result of years of intensive research, diary extracts, interviews with the veterans, combined with more than 250 historical photos, maps, documents from allied secret services and 30 illustrations are writing Panerai’s unique history. 26 x 26 cm, 420 pages, trilingual (= german, italian and english language in one book), hardback jacket, slipcase.
Watches with History – History 2: History2 continues where History1 ends – the 2nd volume documents five previously unreleased stories of frogmen units of the 2nd world war. Their personal stories are building the columns of five moving chapters together with detailed views on their watches and instruments, using the latest extracts from the authors’ database of today existing vintage Panerai watches. Years of intensive research, diary extracts, interviews with the veterans, combined with more than 290 historical photos, maps, documents from allied secret services and illustrations are writing Panerai’s unique history, having been a supplier for an essential tool in dangerous underwater missions during the 2nd world war. 26 x 26 cm, 480 pages, trilingual (= german, italian and english language in one book), hardback jacket, slipcase. all pics by VOLKER WIEGMANN


BOOK VINTAGE PANERAI “HISTORY 2” | by RALF EHLERS & VOLKER WIEGMANN

some weeks ago VOLKER brought me his and RALF EHLERS new book VINTAGE PANERAI – WATCHES WITH HISTORY “HISTORY 2”. i wasn’t in the office so VOLKER couldn’t write me a personal signature to the book becuase it was originally packed. i wanted to wait for this blogpost till i got his signature. but he is in holidays now and i will be on friday. i had to do this post now, because i am so excited about the new HISTORY 2. in comparison to HISTORY 1 i began reading the book on the same day i got it. i was so attracted by, that i finished it one day later. most impressiv: the story about KAMPFSCHWIMMER JOCHEN BURNUS. my absolute highlight of the book. and i can tell you that the other stories are really exciting too and best researched, en detail. it is amazing what RALF and VOLKER do in their leisure time. and believe me these are not only books for PANERAI fans. if you are interested in WWII, diving and personal reports HISTORY 1 + 2 are best lecture. here is what the authors tell about HISTORY 2: “History 2 continues where History 1 ends – this book documents five previously unreleased stories of frogmen units of the 2nd world war. Their personal stories are building the columns of five moving chapters together with detailed views on their watches and instruments, using the latest extracts from the authors’ database of today existing vintage Panerai watches. Years of intensive research diary extracts, interviews with the veterans, combined with more than 290 historical photos, maps, documents from allied secret services and illustrations are writing Panerai’s unique history,  having been a supplier for an essential tool in dangerous underwater missions during the 2nd world war. 26 x 26 cm, 480 pages,  trilingual (= german, italian and english language in one book), hardback jacket,  slipcase.” A must have! you can order your personal copy at www.vintagepanerai.com. i am happy to own all books RALF & VOLKER did, because “THE REFERENCES” is sold out. and the first book isn’t even listed in the VP bookstore anymore. pics | LTG


LIFE TIME GEAR | FAVORITES #64 | VINTAGE PANERAI BOOKS – HISTORY1

YEAH – i got it. VOLKER WIEGMANN &  RALF EHLERS c/o vintagepanerai.com finished the production of their new book WATCHES WITH HISTORY – HISTORY1. it’s really hard to find the right words describing this wonderful 420 pages strong brilliant book. i always get excited when i take it to watch at. there are more than 250 historical photos, maps, documents – some of them top secret in the past –, a lot of informative vintage and new illustrations and alot of interesting stuff to read. i think this book is not only interesting for PANERISTI but although for people who are interested in submarines, the history of WWII and “german kampfschwimmer”. the book documents the stories of three of them, their training, the missions. the fourth story is about the commander of the italian submarine “AMBRA”. all stories are very personal and exciting. you can find a lot of more information at vintagepanerai.com. and the best: there you can order the book, but hurry up before it is sold out! i think the first book of WIEGMANN / EHLERS is sold out. whatever?! i got all of them – yep. bad pics | LTG