Panerai Watches

Panerai is one of the most luxurious Italian watch manufacturer brands. The Panerai watches accompanied Italian Navy divers on their secret underwater missions during World War II. The saga of these action-packed Italian luxury watches dates back to the 1860s. Ever since its debut, the Panerai watches have been successful in gripping its followers by surprising them with innovations year after year.

Panerai produces the Panerai watches as a blend of its traditional artistry and the modern technological advancements. The popular collections, particularly Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir have been created as signature models.

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Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM00233
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Panerai Luminor 1950
Panerai Luminor 1950 is a men’s sports watch that was produced in 2006 with extremely premium features and functions. It comes from the Luminor 1950 family and widely known as Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT Accaiao. The casing has a stainless-steel construction of 44mm diameter and the front glass is made of sapphire with lug diameter of 24 millimeter. It also features a rubber strap. The Panerai P.2002 hand wound mechanical movement has 247 components with 21 jewels. This movement features three high speed spring barrels with a frequency of 28,000 beats per hour and a 192-hour power preserve. The Panerai GMT functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date GMT, 24-hour indicator, seconds reset and power preserve. This watch is water resistant up to 100 meters.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 PAM00620
No. 2
Panerai Radiomir 1940
Panerai Radiomir 1940 is a Swiss made watch with advanced features. It is smaller and much slimmer than others in the series. This timepiece is cushion-shaped with a diameter of 42 millimeter open back case around a black dial with classic functions. The small seconds counter, large hour markers and Arabic numerals are located at 9 o’clock. 12, 3 and 6 o’clock as well as hour and minute hands feature luminous coating that makes it readable in dim areas. The Panerai 42mm watches have in-house P.4000 caliber automatic movement that is seen through the caseback. In addition, it has a 72-hour power preserve and is water resistant to 100 meters.
Panerai Luminor PAM00563
No. 3
Panerai Luminor
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM00563 is a luxury Swiss made watch with a beautiful design that was established in the early 1990’s. This was when it was released to the market for civilians because initially it was meant for military contractors. Currently, it adopts a modern design with a cushion case containing strong lines and new curves for durability. It features a 44mm transparent sapphire crystal back and the dial is white with Arabic numerals as well as luminous dots. The Panerai 44mm watches have Panerai caliber P.5000 and the hand wind movement works at 21600A/h. It is composed of 127 components with 21 jewels and includes a 192-hour power preserve. It has a leather band width of 22.9mm for utmost comfort and strength. You can scuba dive with this watch as it is water resistant to 300 meters.
Panerai Luminor PAM01000
No. 4
Panerai Luminor
Panerai Luminor was produced between 2016 and 2018 to replace PAM00000. It features 44 millimeters stainless steel construction on the case and has a closed glass, scratch resistant sapphire. In addition, it has a fixed stainless-steel bezel with a lug width of 24 millimeters. This watch has a black and analog dial type with luminous hands as well as index hour markers. The second markers have Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. Panerai 44mm watches use the hand wind exclusive OP I movement with a frequency of 21600 beats per hour. It contains 17 jewels with a magnificent power preserve of 56 hours. Lastly, it is water resistant to 100 meters.

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Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM01321
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Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM01321
Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM01321 is an opulent timepiece designed for men with an elegant look. It is the latest on the Luminor series produced in 2019. This Panerai Luminor GMT watch features a square case back of 44 millimeters diameter and has a brushed steel and rounded curved angles. What’s more, it has a black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and markers. In addition, the hands indicating hours and minutes have luminous inlays. The seconds sub-dial is located at the 9 o’clock displayed by a blue Panerai hand. You will find the date window at the 3 o’clock position on these Panerai 44mm watches. At 5 o’clock is the 3-day power preserve indicator. It has an automatic hand-wound P.9013 movement with 231 components and 31 jewels. Also, it is 300m water resistant.
Panerai Luminor Due PAM00944
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Panerai Luminor Due PAM00944
Panerai Luminor Due PAM00944 was first released at SIHH 2018. It retains the original yet elegant design in this model of Panerai Luminor watch. The watch features a 45-millimeter diameter stainless steel case. With smaller dimensions on the case back, the watch provides a comfortable feel on the wrist. In addition, it features highly polished surfaces that improve the look on this watch but make it susceptible to scratches. The Panerai utilizes P.4002 caliber automatic movement with an off-center micro rotor rotating in all directions. In addition, it has a 3-day power reserve placed in two spring barrels. The caliber also features more useful functions including the date, Panerai GMT and more. It has mixed indexes and stick hands on the analog display.

History of Panerai Watches

The journey of Panerai watches began from a tiny watch shop opened by Giovanni Panerai in 1860 at Ponte Alle Grazie in Florence. This small venture later developed into the legendary company Officine Panerai, as we all know it today.

Later in 1890, Giovanni's talented grandson, Guido Panerai took over the possession of the business and relocated it to the Piazza San Giovanni. Tracing its roots back to Italian Navy, in the early 1900s, Panerai used to be a producer of mechanical instruments such as compasses, depth gauges. It was the Italian Navy's long-term supplier for various nautical, signal, and measurement instruments. In 1936 Panerai landed itself on another shore as it received a contract from the Italian Navy to develop professional diving watches. Since the Panerai was new to the arena of watches, it turned to the Swiss company Rolex, which was already at the forefront of the industry at that time.

And finally, By 1938, Panerai in cooperation with Rolex was successful in producing diving watches known as Panerai Radiomir. It was a waterproof watch with a diameter of 47-millimeters.

To make the watch compatible so that this Panerai dive watch can be accompanied on all stealth missions underwater, patented phosphor based on radium was used in the manufacturing of its Radiomir dial. While at the time of Radiomir production people were not aware of the use of the most active radioactive substance in their manufacturing. However, the production of this Radiomir watch series was very low since the timepieces were not meant for being sold in the consumer market. But Panerai was determined to target the civilian public as well, so in 1993 Officine Panerai took a historic step. It hit the market with its first collection meant for the civilian public. The models that were released consisted of three limited-edition watches: the Panerai Luminor, the Panerai Luminor Marina and the Panerai Mare Nostrum. Inspired by the historic models created for the commandos of the Italian Navy, these Panerai watches quickly became desirable objects for the common masses as well as for the ardent watch lovers.

The story of the Panerai Luminor
The first Panerai Luminor was launched in the 1950s, which was followed by the release of many other models as well. The early released model of Panerai Luminor 1950 guaranteed an eight-day power reserve and used a tritium-based luminous substance on the dial and hands. But the fate of Panerai Luminor had something very good waiting ahead. In the 1990s the actor Sylvester Stallone saw the Panerai Luminor Submersible in a shop window while filming on location in Rome and was drawn away by the imposing character of the military watch, which fit perfectly with his on-screen persona. In return for the unsolicited exposure, a solid friendship has developed between Sly and the brand. Shortly afterward, a new Panerai Luminor model made its debut, bearing the movie title and the actor’s nickname: the Luminor Daylight Slytech.

In 1997, Officine Panerai saw a new dawn - the Richemont Group (then known as the Vendôme Group) acquired it. Under the new leadership, the entire military production branch of the company was shut. A year later, Panerai presented the first collection of public watches. Large, functional, military watches coupled with pure Italian design sparked an overwhelming response from the Panerai fan club. The luxury of Panerai grew out of its heritage and the purposefulness of each feature. Panerai watches were not about the latest fashion, they were designed to work in specific conditions. Now they were no more a military watch, they were a blend of ruggedness and enchanting looks. The next coming years had something very different planned out for the Officine Panerai. In the year 2006, the brand's strong association with the sea took a more recreational turn. Officine Panerai bought and restored Eilean a 1936 Bermudan ketch sailing boat built in Scotland. Three years of restoration ensured to bring her back to her original splendor and she now competes in vintage yacht races around the world.

The headquarters of the company are still in Italy, but the production has now been shifted to Switzerland. Angelo Bonati, CEO since 1997, sees no conflict whatsoever in making luxury watches with a profound Italian soul and past, beating to a Swiss heart. Practically since the last two decades, Officine Panerai has continued to stay on course, true to the quintessential with the iconic designs of its star models - the Panerai Radiomir and the Panerai Luminor.

Without any doubts, Officine Panerai remains among one of the most recognizable and appreciated sports watches with its distinctive designs and an enthralling history. The Officine Panerai in its full range of models offers advanced functions with the elegant look which makes it a must to add choice to everyone's wishlist. And hence living up to their motto they have definitely made ideas come to life with their exquisite range of collection.

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