Panerai has grown a lot in the last few decades. If one had to go through the history of the Italian origin watchmaker, they would find that it never really made watches. All it originally did was manufacturer dive equipment. Nonetheless, today it is clad with automatic movements, tough shells for cases, and of course, precise timekeeping. The Luminor and Submersible watches are surely names that people would like to add to their collections of luxury sports watches.
Let us take this opportunity and dive into the history of some of the most popular watches that Panerai has ever made.
The Luminor is a massive icon in today’s watchmaking world. It is arguably the most recognisable watch too. One can notice the bulky and robust watch case of the Panerai Luminor from a few feet away. The watch was launched in 1950 and has ever since been an integral part of the Panerai watch family. It was revealed to the public in 1993 when Panerai watches for men finally separated itself from the Italian Navy. Today, the Luminor and Luminor Due are solid contenders in the Swiss watchmaking industry.
The collection has a nice back story too. The creator of the watch was inspired by the now extinct Radiomir watch. As many would know, Radiomir had to be discontinued because of news about radiation poisoning. The watch used a radium based luminescent paint that was the primary culprit. The new watch, that is, the Luminor, was very similar to the previous one. It had a similar cushion case, it had the same design pattern on the dial, and it too was luminescent in nature which means it glowed in the dark.
The Panerai Radiomir might not be such a big deal today but those who are aware know what an important role this timepiece played back in the 20th century. The watch was a master stroke from the Italian origin watchmaker. Although it was essentially Rolex’s design, Panerai moulded it into something of its own. The watch went onto serve the Italian Navy for almost a decade.
Despite the fact that it was later discontinued, the Radiomir left an unforgettable mark in the history of the watch industry. Today, it is an integral part of the brand’s identity along with the Panerai Luminor. The watch is bold, robust, and quite frankly still, still carries with it some of that vintage charm. The wrist presence is dominant as ever and the overall aesthetic is just remarkably nostalgic.