Even before the Second World War, Guido Panerai was producing war-critical components for the Italian navy. As the first manufacturer of diver’s watches, his company OFFICINE PANERAI was also known at the company Junghans in Germany. At the time, they supplied the German navy with diver’s watches. So OFFICE PANERAI diver’s watches were also supplied in Germany via Junghans.
But the name PANERAI never appeared in the records. This all took place under conditions of strictest secrecy as the German navy could not be supplied by foreign companies. The story of PANERAI could only be re-worked and evaluated after the takeover of PANERAI by Richemont SA in 1997. Following this, a number of books have been written. Of these, the books by Ralf Ehlers and Volker Wiegmann are of particular interest. These can be bought online at www.vintagepanerai.com.
The Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC presented by PANERAI with reference PAM 629 is one the manufacturer’s in-house creations. For all historic Radiomir PANERAI watches with a “California” dial did not feature a Luminor case, as the name suggests. This newcomer in 2015 at Watches & Wonder is, therefore, a modern interpretation of the historic reference 3646 with the famous Rolex calibre 618.
The PAM 629 shows the possibilities available to OFFICINE PANERAI when creating new models. So the robust calibre P.3000 is used in this Luminor 1950 too. It features over 160 components and beats at a rate of 21,600 oscillations per hour. The case is made of DLC coated titanium. This really does justice to the “California” dial. To go with it, PANERAI supplies a dark-brown calfskin leather “Ponte Vecchio” strap.
PANERAI is the number one name in sporty diver’s watches. With the PAM00629 Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC, the Swiss manufacturer presents a limited edition of just 300 watches. What makes it special is the brushed titanium caseback without a glass base. Due to the high level of demand, this model is sure to be sold out very quickly.