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03/07/2022
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Panerai: Italian Design, Swiss Watchmaking

By Thomas Hendricks
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Panerai, officially known as Officine Panerai, is the most notable Italian watch brand in the industry today. It has a history of supplying watches and military instruments to the Italian navy. The brand has a recognizable design language, with highly legible dials, signature cushion-shaped cases, and prominent crown guards.  

Is Panerai worth buying?

A Panerai signature is their sandwich dial design, which stacks a top dial layer with cut-out hour markers and indices on top of a luminescent base layer. The lume shines through the cut-outs with high contrast and visibility. 

Watch collectors have come to love this design even though these watches were available exclusively for Italian military personnel until 1993. Actually most of the former references were produced by Rolex, Panerai has just added a few design elements. Their entrance into the civilian market caught the attention of celebrities, who were fascinated by Panerai’s trademark dial and case designs. Action star Sylvester Stallone, for example, is credited with popularizing the brand in the United States. The coming years would see the emergence of a dedicated collector club called the “Paneristi.” Today, the brand is owned by the Richemont Group. It makes many of its movements in-house. 

The Panerai Luminor Marina
The Panerai Luminor Marina

Panerai’s Most Iconic Watch Models

You certainly know a Panerai watch when you see one. Their two most famous lines are the Panerai Radiomir with its wire lugs and the Panerai Luminor that sports a hefty crown guard. In addition to their signature design elements, Panerais are known for their sheer size, often clocking in at 44 mm or larger. Their square-ish case architecture only adds to their wrist presence.  

As the brand has grown, so have its offerings. Panerai now dabbles in split-second chronographs, GMTs, tourbillons, and even cases made from bronze or layers upon layers of carbon fiber.  

How much does a Panerai cost?

Panerais occupy a few different price tiers, with most models running between $5,000–10,000. Panerai watches with complications like a GMT or chronograph typically land in the $10,000–20,000 range. And vintage models, special editions, or watches with advanced case materials can sell for even higher than that.  

The Panerai Luminor GMT
The Panerai Luminor GMT

Are Panerai watches worth the money?

Panerai’s heyday was in the 1990s and early 2000s when they first arrived in the US. The popularity of these timepieces can rise and fall as oversized watches go in and out of style. Panerai produces a particular kind of watch for a particular type of person. Those who love them consider themselves proud members of the Paneristi, and those who don’t jest about how Panerai owners are “overcompensating” for something by wearing such a large watch. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, it’s hard not to have an opinion about Panerai.  

Interestingly, Ralph Lauren primarily collects two watch brands: Cartier and Panerai. He sees Cartier as the ultimate representation of metropolitan elegance. But while enjoying robust country living, he prefers a Panerai on his wrist.  


About the Author

Thomas Hendricks

I didn’t grow up a watch guy, but a few years after graduating from university, I landed a job at the online publication Watchonista as a writer and marketer. “Welcome to the watch world,” my colleagues told me half-jokingly, “no one ever leaves!” Now at Chrono24, I work as a private client advisor, helping people find the perfect watch for major life moments.

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