The two new Special Editions launched by Officine Panerai, each of which consists of only 300 units, are a reinterpretation of this dialogue, driven by passion and ideas, technology and design, the past and the future: the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC models.
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, and naturally the origins of this distinction are to be found in the history of Officine Panerai. The number “1950” refers to the year when the case with the iconic lever device protecting the winding crown was designed; it was developed 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. This was a Special Edition faithful in every detail to the watches of the original period, and it has since become a cult object among collectors. The first models of the modern era to be fitted with the lever device (from 1993) were designed with a slightly revised design, which today identifies the Luminor collection. It can therefore be said that the Luminor case was inspired by the modern history of Panerai while the Luminor 1950 case was linked to the past history of the brand.
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 (Diamond-Like Carbon) and it is 47 mm in diameter, like the vintage models
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 variant 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 calibre is 16 1⁄2 lignes – a size typical of the vintage models
MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai. FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds. CASE: 47 mm, titanium with black DLC coating. DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock. POWER RESERVE: 72H. WATER-RESISTANCE: 10 bar (~100 metres).
MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai. FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds. CASE: 47 mm, titanium with black DLC coating. DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic and Roman numerals and hour markers. POWER RESERVE: 72H. WATER-RESISTANCE: 10 bar (~100 metres).