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Facts About Panerai That Would Blow Your Mind

Author: Deepika Mahajan
by Deepika Mahajan
Posted: Aug 20, 2019
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Have you heard of Panerai? Big watches, even bigger leather straps, and not to forget, the luminescent dials. Ring any bells? Panerai is one of the most prominent names in the luxury watch industry in today’s times. As far as it watches go, they have a solid reputation in terms of quality, built, and aesthetics. The brand was founded in 1860 by Giovanni Panerai. The venture started off as a watchmaker but later tuned its focus to make instruments for divers. It was not until the 1930s that Panerai would get back in to the watchmaking business.

The late 1930s was a time of uncertainty. With Europe largely falling into Communist and Fascist ideologies, war was almost a guarantee. This led to armed forces getting ready for action. The Italian Navy was no different. They ordered for large legible watches for the Italian Frogmen. Panerai took no time in asking for help from its Swiss counterparts. Rolex answered and voila, the Radiomir prototype was conceived.

A brand like Panerai is home to numerous stories, tales, and facts. There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than the brand lets on. Let us dive in and look at some of these facts.

Created The Radiomir

Panerai created the Radiomir in association with Rolex back in 1936. The first watch featured a California dial and luminescent time markers. This is what made this watch so unique and desirable. The Italian Navy was quick to decide. It chose the Radiomir as its official timepiece. The watch followed all the instructions prescribed to them. It was large, legible, luminescent, and it was tough as nails.

Luminor Followed

In 1950, the Panerai Luminor followed suit and the world witnessed the arrival of a new superstar. The watch took design cues from its cousin, the Radiomir. Yet, it was a lot different in many ways. The watch incorporated a crown guard that was later patented in 1956 by the Panerai. The timepiece also used the new tritium based luminescent compound, replacing the earlier radium based compound, Radiomir.

Sylvester Stallone Is A Big Fan

Hollywood star, Sylvester Stallone was a big fan of the Panerai watch. It all started during the shooting of one of his movies. The actor came across the watch and fell in love with it. This, without a doubt, played a vital role in the brand getting the much need exposure. Stallone bought a bunch of these watches, gifted some, and ordered Panerai to make more of them. Today, actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham can be seen sporting masculine Luminors and Submersibles on their wrist.

During the course of its existence, Panerai has seen it all. Nonetheless, the watchmaker stands tall in the present day Haute Horlogerie industry with some of the most iconic timepieces ever created. As far functionality goes, Panerai watches are not exactly dive watches. It dive watch collection has been separated and named the Submersible collection. Nevertheless, its watches remain as symbols of watchmaking excellence and endeavor.

About the Author

Deepika is the blogger from 7 years in a lifestyle or fashion field. She always stays up-to-date with whatever is coming in the market with respect to fashion and lifestyle. She is an avid watch connoisseur and collector of Luxury brands.

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