Officine Panerai watches are acknowledged as one of the biggest brands in Swiss watchmaking. Owning a Officine Panerai watch is a symbol of sophistication and savvy. Panerai’s legacy started off by supplying timepieces to the Royal Italian Navy. In 1934, Giovanni Panerai created the world famous Panerai Luminor and Radiomir watches.
This leads to the FAQ of “What is the contrast between between Panerai Luminor and Radiomir?”
Officine Panerai Luminor Vs Radiomir watch
It is not an easy question to answer, but some may say that the Luminor was an evolution of the Radiomir. Here is my opinion and there may be some blunder and and some of this a tale. Since the 1930s, Officine Panerai are the experts of making underwater gauges and instruments before they transfer these knowledge to underwater watches. Rolex movements were used in the pioneer models, which were 47mm in wide.
The birth of Officine Panerai Radiormir
The name Radiomir came from the material called radium. It gives out luminous light and thus, was used to make the watch dial glow in the dark. As innovative this was back then, side effects from radiation sickness soon kick-in.
The birth of Officine Panerai Luminor
You might have guessed, the name Luminor does came from a material called Luminor; a new luminescent material patented by Panerai around 1950s. After the birth of Panerai Luminor, they are further differentiated when they patented crown-protector on the Luminor models.
Officine Panerai stops producing timepieces for the frogmen by the mid 1990’s. They then start to sell their watches to the public, with the key difference between the both being the case. It was believed that Radiomir was sold as the ‘classic’ watch, but both models have similar dials and movements.
The Officine Panerai movement
It is common for both different models to share the same movement. Some examples are the automatic caliber P.9000 movement powers the Radiomir Black Seal PAM00388 and almost all of the Luminor 1950, along with the PAM00312. While Panerai’s manual P.3000 movement runs the Luminor PAM00372 as well as Radiomir, including the new PAM00514.
Now what is the difference between Radiomir & Luminor?
If they share the same dial and movement, so what are the main differences in Officine Panerai watches? Apart from the case, I think the Radiomir has a more classic and suit feel. While the Luminor has a more new look with a larger dial that is able to suit well with both casual and business wear. Their DNA is the same at the core, but pick one that suits your character / outlook better.Or you can consider looking at The Best Entry Level Panerai.
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