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US 25 2010

Panerai Luminor Marina: The Man's Watch

The Luminor Marina is an eye-catcher on every wrist. This men's watch from Panerai measures in at 44 mm in diameter and features the classic crown-protecting bridge, which protects the crown from damage and water.

The Luminor Marina from the Luminor collection has an exciting history behind it. Originally developed as a mission timer for Italian combat divers, it is one of the most distinctive watches in the world today: Its large, pillow-shaped stainless steel case, along with its characteristic crown-protecting bridge, are head-turners. Wearers of this watch are hard to miss. At the beginning of the 1996 action film Eraser, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger sports a Marina. The Terminator himself, along with actor Sylvester Stallone, are Panerai fans. The small seconds at the nine o'clock position is a distinguishing feature of the Marina and differentiates it from the Base models, which only display the hours and minutes.
Even larger are the 47 mm diameter retro watches from the Luminor 1950 collection. These models are reminiscent of military watches from the 1950s, such as those that were used by Italian combat divers. For those who aren't particularly fond of the crown-protecting bridge, look no further than the Radiomir series. These watches have the classic, cone-shaped crown without bridge protection. The Radiomir 1940 collection was designed with watches from the 1940s in mind, resulting in horn-shaped lugs and cylindrical winding mechanisms.

Luminor: A Success Story

Luminor gets its name from a luminous material made of tritium. Panerai developed this material in the 1940s and patented it in 1949. It replaced the radioactive material Radiomir, the namesake of their other watch series. Around this time, the Florentine manufacturer presented the first Luminor watches with crown-protecting bridges, which kept water from soaking into the inner parts of the case. The mechanism was particularly suitable for manual movements, which need to be wound regularly. The watch's caliber was made by the Swiss manufacturer Cortébert.
Panerai was producing models with a left-side crown by 1949. Combat divers from the Italian marines wore these watches on their right wrists, while on the left they had their compass and depth gauge. In order to build this watch, the watchmakers turned the movement and the case 180 degrees. Today, there are versions for both the right and left wrists.

The Luminor Marina's Mechanics

Panerai produces their Luminor Marina with manual and automatic calibers. All models feature a decentralized seconds at the nine o'clock position. The manufacturer uses the calibers OP II, OP XI, and P.5000 for the manual models. The OP II and OP XI movements are based on the caliber Unitas 6497-A2. The OP III movement, based on the Valjoux 7750 caliber from ETA, powers the automatic models. Unlike the 7750, the caliber does not have a chronograph function. However, it does have a date display at the three o'clock position.
Panerai's P.5000 caliber is 4.5 mm thick and measures 35.1 mm in diameter. It was consciously designed to be stable and robust and is comprised of 127 parts, 21 of them gemstones. The balance wheel vibrates at 21,600 alternations per hour, which is equivalent to a frequency of 3 Hz. Thanks to its two barrels, the movement has a power reserve of eight days. The Parechoc from KIF serves as shock protection.

Luminor Marina: Consistency in Design

The design of the three-handed Luminor has remained consistent over the last 60 years. The watch is impressively functional and easy-to-read, necessary qualities for a watch designed to withstand the tough tests conducted by the Italian marines. The dial is available in white, black, and brown. Fluorescent Arabic numerals are at the twelve, three, and six o'clock positions, while the small seconds is located at the nine o'clock position and glows brightly. Panerai uses line index markers for the other hours. The band is available in stainless steel, calfskin, or alligator leather.

Timepieces for Divers and City Dwellers

The Luminor Marina is no longer just a military watch. Actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have brought this watch to the big screen. Thanks to its water resistance up to 300 m, it's perfect for using in and around water. Today, managers, city dwellers, and creatives alike all wear this piece of history on their wrist. There isn't another watch out there that is as recognizable as the Luminor - it is the man's watch.