The History of Dino Zei watches

Published: 25th August 2009
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Dino Zei Line

Anonimo together with Col Dino Zei reconnects the master of Florentine Militare watchmaking with many of his original craftsmen, reuniting a team steeped in Italian tradition.



Combining the vision of Anonimo founder Federico Massacesi with the expertise of Dino Zei represents a new frontier in research and development in the field of luxury and functional watchmaking. These solid, masculine and functional timepieces, available in limited quantities, are equipped with strictly mechanical movements, featuring the famous and exclusive Anonimo case production technique, to combine the best with the best at every level.



The Dino Zei line by Anonimo is totally dedicated to the principles of value and innovation that are the foundation of all Anonimo creations. The line is named for Col Dino Zei, the former Chairman and CEO of one of the most famous Florentine companies, whose prestigious leadership was renowned for manufacturing and providing technical equipment for the Italian Navy.

New shapes and the use of advanced movements and rare calibers position Dino Zei in a category frequented by the most enthusiastic watch collectors, while staying true to the philosophy of value for money, ensuring that those of every watch interest will be attracted.



The Dino Zei Collection is the first expression of a long term project whose goals are to use research and experimentation along with new solutions in design and technology. In the production of these limited editions we feature the use of important complications that incorporate in tandem both movements and the watchcase.



As in the Opera Meccana Collection, innovation and research express material and shapes that absolutely fit the operative Man they have been conceived for, maintaining the aesthetic rigueur and absolute respect of the Florentine watchmaking principles that are trademark of Anonimo creations since the beginning of our company.



Col Dino Zei, who is now an integral part of our design and technical team, is focused on the research and development for the Dino Zei collection. Calling upon his vast experience and successes together with his rich cultural and entrepreneurial background makes his vision and goals to build and expand upon his documented legacy of Florentine watchmaking history.



Anonimo SpA feels privileged for being selected and empowered to support the return of such an important and recognized visionary, Col Dino Zei, as he is known in the modern history of Florentine watch making. We additionally dedicate ourselves to maximizing our combinations of experience, competences, values and vision to further the prestige worldwide of this most truly Italian and Florentine craft.



Dino Zei Biography

Dino Zei was born in Viterbo in 1931.

In 1950 he entered the Naval Academy and in 1958, as a Naval Weapons Officer, he graduated in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pisa.

His last assignment in the Navy began in 1968 with the double position of Head of the Weapons and Explosives Section of the Navy Commandos and Divers Headquarters Teseo Tesei and Head of the Ammunition Section of the Institute for Weapons, Ammunition and Missiles of the Standing Committee for the Experimentation on War Materials.



In 1969 he became Director of the Centre of Studies of the Navy Commandos and Divers Headquarters.



In 1972, after Giuseppe Panerai's death, he left the Navy to take up the management of Guido Panerai e Figlio, a Florence-based company engaged in important and extremely delicate work for the Special Units of the Navy. In the same year he established and became Sole Director of Officine Panerai Srl, which took over all the activities and industrial capabilities of Guido Panerai. He became Chairman of Officine Panerai SpA, until the watch division and trademark were sold to Cartier and covered this position for the Panerai Sistemi SpA until 1999, when the business was transferred to the Bologna-based company Calzoni.



He currently lives in Florence.





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