Panerai Luminor Marina’s thick watch case combined with the wide strap and large buckle closure make this watch an icon of style. The secret to the Panerai appeal is the utterly simple watch face. While other dive watches have rotating unidirectional bezels, chronograph functions and special dial markers the Panerai Luminor Marina relies on sparse numeral placement and nothing else
The bold style of these quality watches is balanced by the use of elegant numerals and design elements, creating a look that is attractive and jet elegant.
The brand has four major lines of watches, Historic, Contemporary, Manifattura and Special Editions. Most watches are produced in a limited run (normally of 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 units) and carry an issue number on the case back.
Panerai’s factory on the Swiss lakefront of Neuchatel. By 1900, the maker had become an official supplier to the Regia Marina (the Royal Italian Navy), supplying watches and precision instruments. Watches of this time consisted of cases designed and manufactured by Rolex SA and movements made by Swiss manufacturer Cortébert.
In 1956 on the request of the Egyptian Navy, Panerai created a large Radiomir watch with an Angelus movement with 8-day power reserve and a rotating bezel with 5-minute intervals to calculate immersion times. Two models, today identified as the “small Egiziano” and the “big Egiziano”, were also produced.