From Radiomir to Luminor
Iconic models from Panerai
Thanks to its unique shape, eye-catching size, and clear dial, the Panerai Radiomir has gained cult status among connoisseurs and collectors. Evidently, the original Radiomir was eventually discontinued due to its radioactive elements. Panerai then developed a new timepiece – the Luminor. As early as 1949, the company filed a patent for the tritium-based compound that they used in their Luminor models. Later on, it was discovered that the compound was also radioactive, but thankfully, it turned out to be harmless in small quantities. Today, the Panerai Superluminova contains a completely safe fluorescent. A word of advice for collectors, however – the Panerai models that contain tritium or even radium increase in price with each passing year.
The greatest difference between the Radiomir and Luminor timepieces – aside from the elements used in production – is the crown protector. The striking crown protector ensures that the crown is pushed against the case of the watch, guaranteeing secure water resistance. This unique element also provides the Luminor with a distinctive character and has come to be one of the hallmarks of Panerai. Another outstanding feature of the timepiece is the case, which measures a spectacular 47-millimeters.
The Panerai Radiomir and the Panerai Luminor are highly recognised timepieces that have gained cult status among connoisseurs in the world of watches.