Replica Watches UK — Panerai unveiled two new Luminor models at the occasion of the Cheap Copy Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong.
The first historical element of the new models is the Luminor 1950 case. There is a subtle difference between the Luminor case and the Luminor 1950 case, and naturally the origins of this distinction are to be found in the history of Officine Panerai. The number “1950” refers to the year when the case with the iconic lever device protecting the winding crown was designed; it was developed to make the cheap replica watches UK worn by the commandos of the Italian Navy even stronger and more water-resistant. The proportions of this historic case were not reproduced by Panerai until 2002, when the first Luminor 1950 (PAM00127) was launched.
The two new models have a small detail marking their link with Panerai’s history: the date “1950” is engraved on the lever locking the winding crown. The case is made of titanium – a light, strong, hypo-allergenic material – coated with DLC and it is 47 mm in diameter, like the vintage models. The result of the interaction of all these elements is a case with a vintage design cut the performance of contemporary high-end watchmaking. Emphasised by the brown leather strap with contrasting stitching, with the OP logo stamped upon it, the look is dark, sober and sporty, and is reminiscent of the depths of the sea where Panerai watches were born and in which the new models will be able to dive, since their water-resistance is guaranteed up to a depth of about 100 metres.
The two new Luminor 1950 3 days Titanio DLC differ from each other in the dial, which in both cases is protected by a rounded crystal. One version (PAM00617) has the black dial with the classic Panerai design, with large bar markers and figures, the seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the OP logo and the traditional sandwich construction. By contrast, the other model (PAM00629) has a black dial with a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals and graphic markers; this variant is known as the California dial and is much sought-after by collectors because it reproduces the design of the first forever replica Panerai watches in history, the Radiomir of 1936.
The movement of the new Luminor 1950 is the P.3000 calibre, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days. The P.3000 calibre is 16½ lignes – a size typical of the vintage models – and it has a very sturdy, reliable structure, with a wide balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter, firmly held in place by a transverse bridge. Most of the wheelwork is covered by wide, brush-finished, chamfered bridges, a finish which gives the movement a sporty yet sophisticated appearance. Entirely designed and built by the Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the calibre also has the device for quickly setting the time, enabling the hour hand to move in jumps of one hour at a time, without interfering with the movement of the minute hand or the running of the forever Swiss replica watches for sale.