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



RON WELLDON x LIFE TIME GEAR | LIVING IN A SMALL WORLD

this is something straight from the heart! this something about why doing a blog is often so great!

on the 5th of april 2011 i did a post about the upcoming bike film “CLOSER TO THE EDGE”, a documentary about the TOURIST TROPHY on the ISLE OF MAN. my buddy VOLKER WIEGMANN from great blog  www.vintagepanerai.com send this post to his friend RON because he lives on the ISLE OF MAN. RON isn’t only a great PANERAI fan but also very interested in boots, denim and all the other things we love. so he is a visitor of LIFE TIME GEAR from this day on. and what a surprise he send me an awesome ISLE OF MAN TT 2011 100 anniversary shirt. we got in contact and i wanted to do a post about RON and the little story we had together, but then something worst happend: i lost all my email data and much more in big computer crash. about this the post got forgoten – shame about me! but this year we met again @ the RED WING OWNERS CLUB site on FACEBOOK and so i contacted OLVER WENKEL another buddy of RON, VOLKER and me and i asked him meeky if he could ask RON for resending me the mail stuff from 2011, and he did. there wasn’t any problem. and now the post is written … here the trailer of CLOSER TO THE EDGE and some great pics done by RON. and RON, what’s about your boot collection? send me some pics to do a nice portrait of you and your boots – you’re welcome! pics | RON WELLDON, LTG _ vid | cinemanx 

the TT 2012 will be from the 26TH of may till the 8TH of june. for more information check the official TT site.

this is RON … his PAM and his arm …

the shirt … my shirt …

pics from TT2011 by RON

MEMOIRS – GOOD OLD BOOTS | RED WING SHOE STORE FRANKFURT

this evening the RED WING SHOES exhibition will be opened and i will meet a lot of friends – hope so! all guys in the pics below affiliate the boots with the embossed RED WINGS – great! see you! pics | Tim Adler, LTG, Fred Bschaden 

KAMI owner of RED WING STORE FRANKFURT & B-74, Max (sitting)



KLAUS VOLL owner of volls.de (on the left)

UWE E. MAIER owner of AMTRAQ

OLLI ”THE BARBER” 

GABOR MAGYAR c/o RED WING HERITAGE EUROPE

 PETER Z. buddy, editor and sometimes model for our rockin’ ideas

STEVEN W. great guy, so loyal …

FRED BSCHADEN (by Tim Adler), RED WING GERMANY & MR SUPER BLOGGER of REDWING1905

VOLKER WIEGMANN c/o vintagepanerai blog

BOOT COLLECTION #02 | VOLKER WIEGMANN c/o vintagepanerai.com

VOLKER WIEGMANN has a very nice collection of RED WING SHOES. this is indeed not a
mainstream or fashion line up. these boots were well choosen by their owner. volker is
working as a production manager and coordinator of a very fine printing plant i often work
with. he is well known as one of the 2 men behind VINTAGEPANERAI.COM. with his buddy
RALF EHLERS he wrote 2 excellent panerai books and a third one is in progress. volker
is wearing RWS since 18 years and he never sold a pair. he got his first pair in 1993 from
PETER HECKMANN at darmstadt’s SURFERSPOINT which was closed years ago. peter
was a missionary for RWS in germany and especially in darmstadt. he has still a shop
but offers no RWS anymore. pics | Volker Wiegmann


RED WING SHOES STYLE 3167 from 03/93

RED WING SHOES STYLE 899 from 05/94

RED WING SHOES STYLE 8124 – great, this RWS has black sole – very rare today!
RED WING SHOES STYLE 8137  unkonwn date
RED WING SHOES STYLE 4473 from 01/04
RED WING SHOES 2x STYLE 875 unkonwn date
RED WING SHOES 2x STYLE 1908, i think Volker’s favourite boot!
 RED WING SHOES 2x STYLE 3116
RED WING SHOES 2x STYLE 9015 from 11/07
Volker with Omeris Arpesella, undersea diver from 1941 and PANERAI-owner – one of the worldwide oldest paneristi …