Watch company, Officine Panerai first started out in 1860 where they began in Florence as a supplier of maritime equipment. It was this interest in military and diving gear that first sparked an enthusiasm for equipping the Italian Navy with a wristwatch that would surpass all expectations for a reliable and highly legible tool to carry out some of the most extreme challenges with. In the early part of the previous century, Panerai made the dream a reality with a line of watches that would serve the wrists of frogmen who would use the watch to time and synchronize attacks as well as mount torpedoes to navigate and bring down enemy ships. The watches had dials that would illuminate in the darkest hours of the night, or whilst worn in conditions where lighting was compromised, allowing military personnel to carry out the task at hand without worrying about the visibility of the tools that helped them to perform them. Luminor 1950 watches hark back to this era. Their vintage-inspired designs combine military aesthetics with modern elegance – each watch having been equipped with a reliable in-house developed movement to ensure round-the-clock precision.
Luminor 1950 watches from Officine Panerai, just like their predecessors, needed to be seen clearly as well as worn with comfort on the wrist - design elements that still remain fundamental values in the company’s creations today. The patented luminescent radioactive material, radium has now been replaced with a Grade-A Super-LumiNova material that is both safer and brighter. Sylvester Stallone helped to reintroduce the world to Panerai watches after their production took a dip after Italy's loss during the Second World War followed by the quartz crisis of the 70’s. Stallone wore a Luminor watch to interviews and press releases, where its presence was very much admired with a smart suit, thanks to its bold, clear dial with legible hour markers and a chiselled case crafted from stainless steel.
Today Panerai Luminor 1950 watches keep many of the same characteristics seen in the original timepieces. The cases are integrated with impressive water resistant capabilities and have been fitted with stylish leather straps mainly in black and various forms of brown and beige. It is the latter coloured straps of course, which further add to the vintage feel of a Luminor 1950 watch. The limited edition Officine Panerai Luminor 3 Days is one of just 1000 units made worldwide. The watch has a gorgeous cappuccino brown coloured strap and cream coloured stitching. It features a brown dial reminiscent of an original Panerai dial which would have undergone a discolouring effect over time, due to the luminescent material used on them. Panerai therefore create colour contrasts with a set of beige hour markers and sword shaped central hands that point to the time with confidence and definition.
All Officine Panerai Luminor watches are equipped with an independently crafted mechanical movement. Many of which promise a useful 3 day or 8 day power reserve. Their dials are protected with anti reflective sapphire crystal glass, which secures flush with the edges of the bezel on the case to create a watertight environment for the movement. Lastly, Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 watches feature the “Reg.T.M” lettering engraved onto the surface of their crown-protecting bridges. The trademark protected design joins many other exclusive features of a Panerai Luminor 1950 watch, like the unusual cusped shape of the case corners and the company lettering stamped onto to the surface of the dial.