Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 mm - Solid Construction, Sophisticated Bracelet

Mar 05, 2008
Officine Panerai has long specialized on the production of watches that provide reliable timekeeping underwater. For that reason the Panerai watches have incorporated an extremely luminous dial.

The Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 mm is a new addition to the brand's Contemporary Collection. The chronometer is coupled with a newly devised metal bracelet equipped with innovative details to improve its suppleness, comfort of wearing and finish.

The new Panerai Luminor watch has the case-band, back and lever bridge crafted in brushed steel, with polished steel bezel creating a distinctive contrast.

Smartly Integrated Bracelet
The contrast between surfaces created with help of different styles of finish is also featured by the new bracelet that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the watch, but also perfectly blends with the case. The designers of the timepiece managed to come up with the almost invisible continuity between the case and the bracelet, having precisely fitted the first two links between the upper and lower lugs. These links ideally fit against the case-band, following its rounded shape. The new bracelet is integrated with the case as a perfect extension of it - the case and the bracelet seem to be created at the same time and designed by the same hand.

The first models of Panerai Luminor were coupled with a long die-cut leather strap, so the engineers of the brand worked hard to provide the new bracelet with the remarkable 'suppleness' characteristic of leather. They used the particular way of shaping the links - they are asymmetrical and formed with a double-curved surface, being rounded lengthways, as well as across. As a result, the bracelet is pleasant to the touch and extremely comfortable to wear, with the width of the links reducing from 24 mm wide at the case to 20 mm wide at the closure, making the bracelet look like an integral part of the case.

The sophistication of the bracelet has been further improved with the links given a brushed finish, but at the points of contact the steel has been mirror-polished, creating a contrasting finish reminding that of the case-band and the bezel. The new bracelet is easily interchangeable with the previously designed bracelet or the alligator or rubber straps.

Watch's Specifications
The Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 mm spotlights the classic Panerai dial completed with the large Arabic numerals and hour markers that guarantee exceptional visibility at night. The baton-shaped hands and the leaf hand of the small continuous seconds dial are also covered with the luminous material Supernova.

The small continuous seconds dial is placed at 9 o'clock, following the steps of the historic Luminor models. At 3 o'clock you will notice a little enlarging lens for comfortable date-reading - the lens is inserted in the anti-reflective sapphire glass protecting the dial. The sapphire glass is 3.5 mm thick to be able to withstand great depths.

The Panerai watch with the solid case-construction and sophisticated strap is equipped with a COSC-chronometer-certificated automatic movement - the exclusive OP III calibre of 13¼ lignes with 21 jewels and 42-hour power reserve. The movement has bridges featuring Cotes de Geneve decoration, personalized Panerai oscillating weight, monometallic Glucydur balance performing 28,800 alternations per hour, and an Incabloc anti-shock device.

The Luminor Marina Automatic 44 mm is available together with a tool for replacing the strap and a steel screwdriver.

Story of Luminor Design
The Luminor design was elaborated during the Second World War. It represented a development of the first professional diver's watch in history, the Radiomir. The wristwatch became the choice of the Italian Navy that needed reliable timekeepers for its underwater commandos.

In comparison to the Radiomir, the Panerai Luminor applied an innovative luminous material for its dial indications and hands. The material was based on tritium rather than radium. But the greatest and most substantial innovation of the Luminor watch was the system that provided water-resistance of the winding crown.

The Radiomir incorporated a screw-down crown that had to be unscrewed and screwed up again every time the wearer of the watch required to wind or adjust it. The disadvantage of the crown was that after long use it could become worn and not so well protected against penetration of water.

Panerai designers found a smart way to solve the problem - they invented an absolutely new device that incorporated a lever inserted in a bridge fixed to the watch's case.

The watch's wearer had to move the lever upwards to release the crown so that to wind the timepiece and adjust the hands. When the watch's wearer moved down the lever again, the lever applied pressure to the crown, pushing it against the case itself and compressing the seals to guarantee the highest degree of water-resistance.

Since then, all the Panerai Luminor models have incorporated the bridge and lever device that has been continuously improved over time. Now the smart device protects the watches at depths of up to 300 meters, being able to withstand even greater pressures, as proved by the tests to which every piece is subjected.

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