For many watches enthusiasts, the quintessential Panerai timepiece is the Luminor Marina. This 40 mm military inspired model is what most people picture when they think of this very famous Italian brand that is iconic for producing durable and incredibly legible instruments that were worn by frogmen on their most dangerous missions. Even though Panerai offers a small aesthetic diversity for its Marina collection, every single piece is defined by a perennial, minimalist and attractive look that epitomizes the brand’s success throughout its entire history.
Panerai watches have a distinctive style, their designs is characterized by very unique features like the very simple and easy to read dial, over-sized hour markers with a particular font, a large cushion shaped case and a versatile range of straps. It is the essential watch for modern men with a passion for classic time keeping devices that preserve their vintage appeal.
A particularity of Panerai watches, the large 40 mm case looks very masculine and sturdy on the wrist. Its 19 mm height accentuates its ruggedness and completes the adventurous aesthetics that is a common language for the Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Acciaio. Due to its curved lugs and brown crocodile strap, this over-sized timepiece looks very nice even on more slender wrists. It is a highly versatile model that knows how to make a smooth transition from a large wrist to a small one.
Day or night, this Panerai model enjoys superior legibility. This amazing quality is the natural result of its simple, but functional dial. Experts call it a sandwich dial construction. The hour markers are represented by very bulky lines, except the 6 and 12 o’clock markers that are Arabic numerals in the distinctive Panerai font. All the indexes on the dial are covered with the brand’s trademarked luminor material that shines very brightly in the dark. The Luminor Marina Automatic Acciaio has only hours and minutes hands which are manufactured from stainless steel and are coated with the same luminor material. The seconds are displayed in a small dial that is located at the 9 o’clock position. At 3 o’clock there is a rounded date window doubled by a magnifying lens. Another detail that enhances the legibility of the dial is the very durable domed sapphire crystal.
The 40 mm case is manufactured from AISI 316L which has been very nicely brushed as to allure us with its utterly rugged look. On the right side there is the trademarked crown guard system that at first glance may look quite sophisticated, but it is very simple to use. The crown can be wound while the lock guard is engaged and the time can be adjusted only after unlocking it. The Pam00048 was constructed to endure water pressure associated with diving to depths of 300 meters.
The watch is equipped with an exclusive Panerai OP III calibre. This mechanical automatic movement has been tested and certified by C.O.S.C. and is fitted with 21 jewels, 13¼ lignes, a Panerai personalized oscillating weight, an Incabloc® anti-shock device and a Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Furthermore the mechanism is decorated on the bridges with the Côtes de Genève motif and it provides a 42 hours reserve.
The Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Acciaio is that type of watch that has a resolutely unique and versatile style. Besides its aesthetic qualities, it also manages to steal everyone’s attention with a simple, clean dial with distinctive font, impressive accuracy and a strong presence on the wrist. It is the classic choice for the modern man who enjoys refinement at its best.