Panerai has often been associated with high precision timepieces that completely changed the way military watches were made. It is true to a certain extent but not entirely. The brand has given rise to a specific style of watches in the past that have in a way created a completely new branch of bold and bulky timepieces. This includes designs like the Radiomir and Luminor which were essentially used by the Royal Italian Navy back in the 20th century. Panerai has had a ridiculously cinematic journey that is worthy of a movie of its own. From being nothing close to a literal watchmaker to eventually becoming a global brand, Panerai has seen every possible scenario there is.
The thing about Panerai is that it is all about exclusivity. The brand has stuck to a particular channel of designing and has maintained the quality of it. Let us dive in and check out the best Panerai watches ever created.
Panerai Luminor Ref. PAM00372
This is as vintage as any watch can get. The Panerai Luminor 1950 Ref. PAM00372 is an evergreen classic that has found a permanent place in the hearts of watch connoisseurs all over the globe. The 47 mm case is large as well as impressive and the polished steel bezel makes for an ideal partner in crime. The watch utilises a P.3000 calibre that offers a 3-day power reserve, consists of 21 jewels, and is 5.3 mm in thickness.
Panerai Radiomir Ref. PAM00999
In a world where the Radiomir is often seen as a retro classic, it is good to see a watch that makes an effort in modernising the old horse. The Radiomir Ref. PAM00999 is a great example of how a vintage timepiece can be considered as a modern icon when it is equipped with state of the art complications. The timepiece is clad with a 45 mm 316L stainless steel case, a 100-meter water resistance, and of course, a GMT feature that steals the show for good.
Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Ref. PAM00979
The 47 mm timepiece is made of the patented Carbotech compound. The movement used by this Panerai Submersible watch is the P.9010, a 6 mm thick and 31-jewel calibre with a 3-day power reserve. The rubber strap is complementary while the 300-meter water resistance is nothing but impressive.
Today, the timepieces in Panerai’s catalogue are not just pretty faces but top-notch creations that perform at the very highest level. These watches not only level up the Panerai brand as a watchmaker but also add weight to the Swiss watch industry itself as a complete economic ecosystem.
The brand does have many aesthetic centric watches in its catalogue too. But the core focus of the horologist has always been on timepieces that are redolent with innovation such as the Luminor, Radiomir, and of course, the Submersible. They are built specifically for people who look for superior performance and functionality, and will settle for nothing less.