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Panerai – Military tribute
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Panerai – Military tribute

Tuesday, 12 July 2016
By The FHH Journal editors
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As precision instruments used for special missions and covered by military secrecy, some watches made by Panerai in the 1940s had no indication on the dial apart from the hour markers. But other models carried names referring to the luminous substance used on the dial – Radiomir or Luminor – or of the institution which had commissioning the watches, the Italian Navy. Inspired by these is the new Luminor 1950 3 Days, a special edition of 1,000 units, with the inscription “MARINA MILITARE” on the dial, distinguished by its pure lines and strict fidelity to the characteristics of the historic models.

The classic black dial of the new Luminor 1950 3 Days is supremely clear and readable, thanks to its design, its sandwich structure and its use of Grade A Super- LumiNova®. The case, 47 mm in diameter, is made of AISI 316L stainless steel with a polished finish and has the same proportions as the watch created by Panerai in the late 1940s, with its elegantly cusped caseband and the lever bridge device protecting the winding crown. Like the vintage models, which had crystals made of polymethyl methacrylate, the dial of the new Luminor is protected by a slightly domed Plexiglas® crystal, while the back has a large sapphire glass porthole enabling the Manufacture movement to be admired.

Luminor 1950 3 Days © Panerai
Luminor 1950 3 Days © Panerai

The P.3000 hand-wound mechanical calibre, with a power reserve of three days (two spring barrels), has a diameter of 161⁄2 lignes, a large size which has its origin in that of the movements which were fitted to the historic Panerai models. Solid and reliable, the movement has three satin- finished bridges protecting the movement and a further bridge with twin supports for the balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter (vibrating at a frequency of 3 Hz). The P.3000 calibre also has the device for rapid time zone adjustment: a star wheel with 12 teeth and a small spring clutch enable the hour hand to be moved forwards or backwards in increments of one hour at a time without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the watch.

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