There were two new additions to the illustrious Panerai Luminor collection at Watches & Winders in Hong Kong recently. The first historical element of the new models is the Luminor 1950 case. There is a subtle difference between the Luminor case and the Luminor 1950 case. The origins of this distinction can be found in the history of Officine Panerai.
The number “1950” refers to the year when the case with the lever device protecting the winding crown was designed; it was developed so as to make the watch worn by the commandos of the Italian Navy even stronger and more water-resistant. The proportions of this historic case were not reproduced by Panerai until 2002, when the first Luminor 1950 (PAM00127) was launched.
The two new models have a small detail marking their link with Panerai’s history: the date “1950” is engraved on the lever locking the winding crown. The case is made of titanium – a light, strong, hypo-allergenic material coated with DLC and like the vintage models is a large 47mm in diameter. So while is of vintage design the performance reflects contemporary high-end watchmaking.
With water resistance of 100 meters, the watch comes on a brown leather strap with contrasting stitching, with the OP logo stamped on it.
The two new Luminor 1950 3 days Titanio DLC differ from each other in the dial, which in both cases is protected by a rounded crystal. One version (PAM00617) has the black dial with the classic Panerai design, with large bar markers and figures, the seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the OP logo and the traditional sandwich construction.
By contrast, the other model (PAM00629) has a black dial with a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals and graphic markers; this version is known as the California dial and is much sought-after by collectors because it reproduces the design of the first Panerai watch in history, the Radiomir of 1936.
The movement of the new Luminor 1950 is the P.3000 calibre, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days. The P.3000 caliber is 16½ lignes – a size typical of the vintage models, which has a sturdy, reliable structure, featuring a wide balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter, firmly held in place by a transverse bridge.
Most of the wheelwork is covered by wide, brush-finished, chamfered bridges, a finish which gives the movement its sporty yet sophisticated appearance. Entirely designed and built by the Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the caliber also has the device for quickly setting the time, enabling the hour hand to move in jumps of one hour at a time, without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the watch. The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM00617 and PAM00629 are limited to 300 pieces each, and priced at 11,400 Euros.
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