Panerai is an Italian watch company that started not only as Florence’s first watchmaking school but almost from the beginning with ties to the Royal Italian Navy. The navy needed a watch that could handle the rigors of their work and Panerai had the extra edge with their ability to create a luminous watch with their patented radium-based powder. Through the years the requests and specific difficult needs of the navy were met through designing a high precision instrument that could handle the needs of a submersible watch.
The Luminor 1950
The next big change of the Panerai watches came with the Luminor 1950 when the radium-based luminosity was replaced with the new tritium base. The design, structure, precision, and manufacture had to be able to meet the rigors and the demands of the difficult work of the navy. Thus, they came up with a design that included a protected bridge and a wide bezel. They discovered the increased strength when the reinforced lugs are manufactured from the matching block of steel and were key in ensuring strength and the ability to handle the pressure of being underwater and the deep diving required by the navy. It is this design that today still inspires the Panerai Luminor Due watch. Subtly redesigned but you can see the influence today.
It should not come as any surprise that an Italian company could excel in design creating a luxury watch unlike any other. With everything from a ceramic pocket watch to a bronze-faced cover whose patina will only get better with time there is sure to be a design that will not only delight your senses but the magnificent outstanding engineering of the Panerai Luminor watches is sure to appeal to those who appreciate the leading-edge precision engineering and scope of any watch designed by Panerai.
With a watch company that designs its own precision in-house movement, the Luminor watches price is surprisingly affordable especially since you are getting the luxury of Italian design coupled with the precision of Swiss technology and so much more.