Our top 4 Panerai watches
The Luminor was initially the most stripped down watch of the Panerai collection and provided accessible entry to the brand. It wasn’t until 1993 that Panerai Luminor’s even became available to the public; before then they had only been available to military forces. In the 1950’s Panerai introduced a new self-luminous substance called Luminor which was safer and better than the previous radium-based Radiomir. The first Luminor public collection consisted of three limited edition watches; the Luminor, the Luminor Marina and the Mare Nostrum. All designed with direct inspiration from the historical models created fifty years prior.
The Luminor really saw mainstream success when Sylvester Stallone requested a custom Panerai be used during the shooting of the underwater scenes in the movie Daylight. He loved the watch so much he later requested a new Luminor Submersible edition with a white dial, named Daylight produced in 105 pieces. All these watches bear Sylvester Stallone’s signature engraved on the back.
today the Luminor case is generally available in 40 and 44mm versions while the newer Luminor 1950 with an elaborated case can go up to 47mm.
The Panerai Radiomir came in to play when Panerai began using radium to light up ocean beds on military missions. Panerai patented the name Radiomir for the mix of radium bromide and zinc sulphide which has a superlative luminescence and capacity to glow even the deepest and darkest waters. In 1936, 10 prototypes of the Panerai Radiomir were given to the frogmen commandos of the Italian Navy and the watch become the first professional underwater military watch in history.
Today, the Radiomir continues to enjoy mainstream success amongst men and women with Panerai constantly evolving the range with new iterations and the most cutting edge movements.
The Luminor Due is a modern reinterpretation of the classic model from the 50s. Introduced in 2016, the watch keeps the original style of the Luminor but caters to those who want something slimmer and more suitable for all occasions. The aesthetic of the Luminor Due is what makes this watch unique; it’s around 40% slimmer and can slip under the cuff of a dress shirt.
There’s no hesitation that the Luminor Due embodies the original style of a utilitarian Panerai while appealing to a wider audience.
The Submersible line is a solid and strong range of diving watches that draws inspiration from the brand’s nautical history. With a distinctly unique appearance, the watches provide unrivalled visibility even at great depths.