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When it comes to the history of the luxury watch brand Officine Panerai, we will have to date back to more than 160 years ago. Established in Florence, Italy, Panerai has been delivering exciting innovations to the watch industry. The invention of the luminous Panerai Radiomir had accomplished the rise of Panerai to one of the top watchmakers in the world. 

Panerai had been supplying quality precision instruments for military use for decades. Been through ups and downs, the brand started to make its public debut to the civilian market in 1993. Instantly after entering the market, Panerai achieved exceptional worldwide success.

The Panerai Luminor is one of the first models that Panerai debuted to the public. The watch has developed as the mainstay collection that is highly admired by Panerai lovers. The Luminor watches perfectly blend the modern design aesthetics with the traditions of marine watches elements. These Panerai watches are widely acknowledged as the icon of the brand by the watch enthusiasts over the world.

Today Panerai has already become one of the favourite luxury watch brands amongst watch collectors. Its two exquisite watch collections, the Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir are believed to be the pillars for the success of the Panerai brand. These fascinating watches have helped Panerai to grow tremendously and gain massive popularity all across the world.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Panerai has been an official supplier of precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy (Regia Marina in Italian). In 1916, Panerai patented its first invention in France. It was a radium-based powder that provided luminosity to the dials of the measuring instruments and watches. The invention of this Panerai Radiomir substance was a milestone for its watchmaking journey that attracted the attention of the world, especially the military. 

In 1936 Panerai created a prototype called Radiomir for the request from the Royal Italian Navy of designing a watch that should offer excellent readability, highly precise and resistant to extreme conditions for the frogman commandos of the First Submarine Group Command.

The Radiomir prototype featured the screw-down winding crown and screw-down caseback. 

The prototype successfully passed the test and had been supplied to the Navy since then. The models released in the next few years were particularly designed for underwater purpose by the Italian navy.

However, a few years later, a huge issue occurred in the company's production. Due to the toxic and radioactive nature of its luminous Radiomir material, the production of Panerai Radiomir watches was stopped. 

In the year 1949, the brand created another model called Luminor to replace the Panerai Radiomir models. The Panerai Luminor models are basically inspired by the Panerai Radiomir watch. These Panerai Luminor models featured a robust case in the Panerai iconic cushion shape. It was embedded with a protection bridge that could make the crown impervious to water.

Until the 1990s, Panerai had been manufacturing professional watches and precision instruments for the military forces. But soon after a few years, in 1993, Panerai decided to enter the civilian market and made a public debut with its first luxury watches. It started to produce its quality watches for the general public. Panerai introduced three exquisite watch models: the Panerai Luminor, Panerai Luminor Marina and the Panerai Mare Nostrum. Within a short span of time, these watches gained high popularity among the watch admirers due to their distinctive design and practicality. Let’s read further to have a deeper look on the design and technicalities of the Panerai Luminor watch. 

The design and function of the Panerai Luminor

The Panerai Luminor watches have become the most iconic Panerai watch due to their unique shape and size. As the official timekeeper for the military for decades, the Panerai Luminor was born because of the rising requirements of Italian Marine Military. The 1950 prototypes of Panerai Luminor were encased by a 47 mm diameter case. Since 1993 to today, the revamped Panerai Luminor models are available with options of case sizes that vary between 40-47-millimeters. 

Today, these Panerai big watches have already gained a huge success. Their fascinating accomplishments and distinctive design have impressed the watch collectors over the world. This Panerai sports watch features a sporty cushion-shaped case and a clear dial with extreme strength. The Panerai men's watch is undoubtedly classic and elegant which can easily grab the heart of any Panerai watch lover. 

There are many great personalities known as admirers of Panerai watches including prominent actors and celebrities. For example, the renowned American actor, Sylvester Stallone has been continuously confessing his love for the Panerai watch. Stallone has been spotted wearing Panerai watches in many of his movies, including the big hit "Daylight" of 1996. Moreover, many other renowned world-class celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham have been found wearing the Panerai watches for men. You can clearly understand that the Panerai Luminor has received high recognition throughout the world.

As you have already known, the Panerai Luminor is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated watch collections of Panerai. The Luminor collection contains numerous classic timepieces that hold up the legacy of the brand. These watches perfectly portray the beauty of Panerai's traditions of watchmaking as well as the Italian artistic taste. Some of the most popular models that the Luminor collection houses include: Panerai Luminor Submersible, Panerai Luminor GMT, and the Panerai Luminor Marina.

Amongst them, one of the iconic models from the collection is the Panerai Luminor Marina. The Luminor Marina watch features a bold 44 mm case and the sandwich dial with small seconds sub-dial display at nine o'clock position.

If you are a water sports lover, the sportiness and the functionality offered by the Panerai Luminor watch will definitely amaze you. If you are not that into sports, the beauty and craftsmanship exuded by these Panerai Luminor watches are sure to turn heads on any occasion. Hurry up and take the Panerai Luminor watch on your wrists. It will be an amazing companion as your everyday watch. 

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