http://www.thewatchbox.com Want a true Italian sports watch? A classic Anonimo is one of your few options. From 1997, when the Swiss made off with the Panerai name, and 2011, when they returned to pick the bones of Anonimo, the Florentine independent and its crew of Officine Panerai refugees built standout Italian time machines like this Anonimo Opera Meccana Militare MOD 2004. Former Italian naval officer and Officine Panerai chief Dino Zei partnered with Federico Massacesi to create the Anonimo brand in 1997. More than a startup independent, Anonimo amounted to the reconstituted talent and traditions of the military-era Panerai under one roof. No copycat chonometry here: Anonimo is the real deal for watch collectors who want a watch from the hands that built the last true military PAM references. The family resemblance is no coincidence; the folks at Anonimo also spliced the original civilian-market Panerai DNA from 1993 to 1997. The Anonimo Militare MOD 2004 shares its case shape and profile with the 1993 Panerai Luminor, but this stainless steel sports watch measures an ideal 43mm. While 44mm Panerai Luminor models with this case shape wear well on most wrists, the 43mm Anonimo Opera Meccana Militare MOD 2004 is even more versatile. With a standout orange dial that recalls the 1967 Doxa SUB, the Anonimo's style draws broadly from sports watch history. The inclusion of Arabic numerals and a full day/date complication assures a large measure of practicality and meaningful differentiation from the Panerai offerings. Inside the case, a robust Unitas 6497 automatic movement keeps time. It’s the same venerable pocket watch motor behind the dials of countless Panerai Luminor Marinas As one of the most durable workhorse movements of the last six decades, the 6497 is a suitably bomb-proof motor for a watch designed to answer the bell when hikes, jogs, car washes, dives, and "desk dives" beckon. See this Anonimo Opera Meccana MOD 2004 with all accessories in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.