Panerai Luminor 1950

Panerai-Luminor-1950-02I never used to like watches with large assuming faces – I felt that they were a bit too brash. However, as the years have gone by I’ve become a little more horoligicaly savvy and educated myself more in and the the variety of watches and brands out there. One of my current favourites who manage to execute the large faces really well is Officine Panerai.

The Italian founded brand create beautiful large faces – ranging from 40mm to 50mm – with large crowns and crown covers mixing robust styling with touches of finesse. Panerai originally designed instrumentation controls and tools for the Italian Navy, working closely with Rolex in the development of their cases that give us now their iconic shape. Recent collections of Panerai Luminor 1950 can be seen as direct decedents of these traditional and practical timepieces from the late 1930’s. The case and face has remained the same, continuing with using Arabic Numerals that hark back to a classic and classy expression.


It was quite late that Panerai started to sell their watches to the general public, previously they had been producing just for divers and the navy. Now, the wide spectrum of Panerai’s, keeping that military detailing that they had developed, have different coloured face options, straps and materials bringing it up to speed to the 21st Century. I personally really like the Luminor 1950. It’s the sort of solid watch that you can’t go wrong with – holding an impressive presence about it. Various options of current Luminor’s come with 3-day or 8-day power reserves, while Panerai also now boast their own in-house movement.

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