Sylvester Stallone is one of the most well-known movie stars of the last four decades. Who can forget John Rambo’s fighting spirit in Vietnam and Afghanistan, and Rocky Balboa’s fight against all odds in the boxing ring? Sly (as he is popularly known) Stallone made a luxury watch famous by wearing it in the movie ‘Daylight’. It was a Panerai Luminor Submersible Slytech PAM 225 Tritium Dial and the name ‘Slytech’ refers to the movie star who gave the watch its cult status. Before the watch was worn by the macho action movie star, the Panerai brand name was known only in and around Florence, Italy. Watch lovers from other parts of the world became avid fans of the brand only after the release of ‘Daylight’. Once Panerai got such an international exposure, there was no looking back for the luxury watch brand.
One of the unique features of the watch is its white dial, which is the one of the very few of its kind from the stable of the watchmaker. It was originally launched in the year 2005 and only 300 pieces of the model were created at the time. As is the case with the Slytechs, this one is also a special watch. But, this is not as special as the earlier versions of Slytech from the watchmaker those were introduced in the year 1995 and 1996. Those pre-Vendome Slytech models were created in much lower numbers and hence are much harder to locate. One of those models, the Panerai Ref 5218-205/A ‘Luminor Sumbersible Slytech’ with black dial was launched with only 95 pieces, and the Panerai Ref 5218-207/A ‘Luminor Daylight Slytech’ with white dial was launched with only 105 pieces. In 1995, Panerai came up with two Mare Nostrum models as well. In fact, Panerai created the ‘Slytech Submersible’ from a Luminor Marina with a black dial by adding custom wording on to it and Sly Stallone’s signature on to the case back. Right now, due to the high demand for the pre-Vendome Slytech pieces, they can fetch you as high as $ 70,000. Compared to that, the PAM 225 is a bargain and can be obtained for anywhere between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000.
As Sylvester Stallone wore the watch on his wrists, it must have been quite big to be visible on one of the most muscular hands in show business. Yes, it certainly is a big watch that is 47 mm in diameter. But, due to the Titanium in it, it is not a heavy watch at all, and is very durable too. The automatic mechanic movement with chronograph function that is powering the watch is self-winding in nature. The watch can run continuously for 46 hours at any given time. It is able to withstand water pressure up to a depth of 1000 meters. The aged patina look associated with the Tritium indices makes this watch’s simple dial in to a truly unique piece.