Panerai is the famous Italian luxury watchmaker that appeals to a particular type of customer who prefers high end timepieces that are remarkably elegant and functional. Out of the numerous models it makes, the most popular one is the Panerai Luminor Marina. These watches are usually available with a 40 mm or 44 mm wide case and include the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. Besides its eye catching simplicity, the Luminor Marina also stands out in the horological crown with a recognizable trademark crown and superior night legibility.
Officine Panerai’s history is strongly connected with the Italian Navy. For decades, the brand has manufactured its timepieces exclusively for combat divers. This is also the reason why their core style reflects military influences, sturdy forms and minimalistic lines. Due to the unfavorable economic and political background of the ‘70s, Panerai watches suffered a major setback on the market of high quality mechanical watches. Their revival was possible thanks to the intervention of famous actor Sylvester Stallone who discovered its passion for the Italian brand in 1995 when he accidentally walked into the Panerai boutique in Florence. He instantly recognized the potential of these timepieces and bought a watch that very same day. He wore it on the sets of the movie he was filming then “Daylight” and in numerous private or public occasions. This brought Officine Panerai back in the spotlight and the watches enthusiasts suddenly became interested in these models. The rest is history…a history full of success and fame.
The Panerai Luminor Marina Acciaio 44 mm is one of the most attractive models manufactured by the brand. Its style is iconic for these Italian timepieces that enjoy some of the most revolutionary mechanical self-winding movements. Probably, the key secret of its popularity is the nice blend between the simple, but legible dial and the ruggedness of its looks. The cushion shaped large stainless steel case is fascinating for those who prefer a bulky, but fierce timepiece on their wrist. The watch has a certain personality that evokes endless courage and elegance. Even the unique Panerai trademarked winding crown and crown guard highlight the boldness of its esthetics.
The black dial of the Luminor Marina is simple and clean. It features large Arabic numerals, thick baton hour markers and a stainless steel minutes and hour hands. The seconds are displayed in the small seconds sub-dial located at the 9 o’clock position. The famous superior legibility of the dial is possible due to the special Luminor material that is used to coat the markers and hands. This is a Panerai trademarked glow in the dark material that shines brightly and for a longer period of time than other lumes available on the market.
Panerai Luminor Marina Acciaio 44 mm comes with a hand wound mechanical movement developed and produced exclusively by Panerai. This C.O.S.C tested and certified mechanism is called Panerai OP XI calibre and has 17 jewels, 16½ lignes, a Glucydur® balance, an incabloc® anti-shock device, 21,600 alternations/hour, a swan’s neck regulator, Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges and a 56 hours power reserve.
The Panerai Luminor is a very subtle model that is defined by a very stylish and chic design language. Its aesthetics is classic at its core, but surprisingly modern in its finer details. Somehow, it manages to transcend through trends and decades and impress the contemporary watches enthusiasts with its endless beauty.