Panerai has been in the industry for so long that it’s considered one of the pillars of Italian watchmaking. While most watch enthusiasts agree that Panerai’s history is suspect, to say the least, there’s also no contention that the company produces fine watches. So if you’re looking to invest in this brand, this is the article for you.
It should be said that there are only four lines of watches that the brand carries. Each one is as iconic as the next. It’s also worth noting that Panerai only makes watches for men. So in this list, we’ve plucked out one watch that we think is the best from its collection. Suffice it to say that you can, of course, check out other models if the watch we featured isn’t to your liking. Here are the best watches on the brand’s mantle:
Panerai Radiomir Base Logo 45mm
The Radiomir defines the Panerai brand, stat. It’s the most iconic as well as the most recognizable watch in the company’s line-up. The collection was started in the ’30s and was originally helmed for military time-keeping. Today, the Radiomir still harkens back to its original case and form factor, keeping the square-ish case with a round dial.
The Base Logo 45mm is a great watch to check out in this collection. Compared to others on the line, it’s large dial size complements the elegant calf Ponte Vecchio dark brown strap. Inside, the watch is powered with a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber P6000. The resulting watch is a classic Panerai that has stood the test of time.
Panerai Luminor Due 38mm Red Alligator Strap
The Luminor Due may be a funky-looking watch for some, maybe because of its protruding and protected screw, but if you want a watch on your wrist that screams to be seen and talked about, this is the collection you should be checking out. Not only is the watch interesting, but it also is packed full of features that can compete with any Swiss timepiece.
Under the hood, this 38mm Luminor Due is rocking a calibre P900, an automatic movement that has a date complication. The white dial with oversized Arabic numerals is what you’ve come to expect from the brand, with a polished, proprietary Goldtech case and bezel. The Luminor Due line is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is a great investment of a watch.
Panerai Submersible 42mm in Brushed Goldtech
One of the more modern collections from Panerai, the Submersible is the company’s attempt at diver’s watches. And to be completely honest, their attempt at cracking the overly saturated diver’s watch market is a successful one. The 42mm in brushed Goldtech, in particular, is not only a good-looking diver’s watch, it also is a beast inside.
Water-resistance for the Submersible is of course at a standard 100m. That’s more than 330 feet, which is an impressive dive range on a casual weekend dive with the boys. The Submersible’s case is helmed like the Luminor Due, but with a ceramic anti-clockwise rotating bezel.
Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm
Aptly called the “essence” of Panerai, the Luminor got its name from the nifty paint-coating technology that the company perfected for time-reading in the dark. In its latest iteration, the Luminor still is one of the most legible watches in the world when it comes to dimly-lit environments. The line is no slouch in general specs either.
The model to check out from the Lumina line is the Marina 44mm. The polished steel case is reminiscent of the good old days, with the familiar Panerai case. An automatic movement from the company powers the watch, with an impressive 30 bars of water-resistance. That’s 300m for the uninitiated. It also has a standard size strap which you can easily change for trendier ones depending on the occasion.
Panerai watches have the reputation of being tough watches. The company has always been about polished ruggedness with military-style inspiration and aesthetic choices. Price-wise, expect to shell out thousands of dollars for each one of these models when buying brand new, with some verging on tens of thousands. If you’re lucky, some online shops offer better deals, but you have to look out for these promotions.