- Panerai Watch is a family owned company, founded in 1825, by Giovanni Panerai in Florence, Italy. They immediately partnered with the best Swiss watchmakers and began their journey. By the early 1900’s Panerai began experimenting with products to create luminescence in their watches and other instruments they supplied to the Royal Italian Navy. Mr. Panerai’s grandson invented and patented the Radiomir and Luminor watches that the company is famous for.
Much of the companies early efforts were directed in creations for the Navy. In 1943, Panerai released the first Chronograph prototype, this watch was water-proof up to 200 meters, an unheard of depth for this time. But, less than 40 years later the company showcased a titanium watch that could withstand depths of 1000 meters! They continued working closely with the Navy to provide valuable instruments.
By the mid 1990’s Panerai switched gears a bit and started offering more styles for the civilian market. The Panerai Sub-Mariner was one of the first watches from them for the general public.
Having said that, Panerai didn’t give up much when offering a watch to the average Joe. These watches are, definitely a piece of machinery. The L’Astromono Luminor 1950 Turbillon GMT is a beautifully designed watch. With a case made from titanium, a polished titanium bezel and see-through back made from sapphire crystal, this timepiece lacks nothing.
Granted, the Panerai watches have maintained much of their conservative features throughout the years, but the inner workings are phenomenal. The history behind Panerai watches is rich with innovation and design. I don’t believe you can find a more well-crafted watch in the world.