Explanation of Decima Flottiglia MAS

From time to time while wearing an XaMAS Strap people will ask me what the insignia is all about and how it is associated with Panerai.  I thought I would post a little info for you. 

 

 

Decima Flottiglia MAS

 

The Decima Flottiglia MAS (Decima Flottiglia Mezzi d'Assalto, also known as La Decima or Xª MAS) (Italian for "10th Assault Vehicle Flotilla") was an Italian commando frogman unit of the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) created during theFascist regime.

The acronym MAS also refers to various light torpedo boats used by the Regia Marina during World War I and World War II.[2]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decima_Flottiglia_MAS

 

Panerai

 

Officine Panerai Marketing e Communicazioni Srl, a wholly owned subsidiary of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., designs, manufactures, markets and sells watches under the Officine Panerai brand through authorized dealers and company-owned boutiques worldwide.[1][3] Giovanni Panerai (1825–1897) founded Officine Panerai in Florence, Italy in 1860. Officine Panerai maintains its headquarters in Florence but manufactures watches in Neuchâtel, Switzerland using both movements manufactured in-house and movements manufactured by ETA S.A.[4]

Panerai watches played a role in assisting the frogmen of the Decima Flottiglia MAS in their operations during World War II. Notable products include the Luminor and Radiomir wristwatches.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panerai