There are a handful of watch designs that are instantly and unmistakably recognizable from across a room. If a watch brand is lucky enough to have one of these, then a lot of the hard work is already done. The Panerai Luminor is without question one of these designs. It’s the watch that most people tend to think of when they hear the name Panerai and maybe even hear the words “oversized watch.” Panerai is, after all, credited with kicking off the large watch trend that started in the late 1990s and continued through much of the Aughts. Even though the “I” word really does get tossed around far too often in watch reviews, and I endeavor to keep it out of my own as much as I can, the Panerai Luminor is a legitimately iconic watch and I’ve come to regard it as an actual design object.
While you’ve probably viewed the above classic shape many times before, you may get the sense that you’ve seen this particular example covered on HODINKEE. That’s because this Luminor Marina looks similar to a Goldtech Luminor Marina that we covered during the virtual Watches & Wonders exhibition at the end of April. The two watches have a satin-finished blue dial that imparts an elegant, dressy quality that reminds me a bit of the slender-for-Panerai Luminor Due. (I know a lot of people absolutely love the refined look of the Due, but some have had difficulty getting past its lower water resistance rating.) Not to worry here. Despite its elegant dial and blue alligator strap, PAM01313 is every bit a spec’d-out tool watch, right down to its screwed back and 300-meter depth rating.
PAM01313 is an elegant take on the Luminor Marina – differentiated from the Luminor Base by the presence of its small seconds at the nine o’clock position. We’ve seen quite a few new Luminor Marina models this year, and some of them have been fairly unexpected. Remember the lume-heavy examples announced in titanium, Carbotec, and Fibratech? Those watches incorporated lume on their cases.
I like the blue satiné soleil dial of this example quite a bit, and I think that this is actually the winner when you compare it to the aforementioned Luminor Marina in Goldtech. The design feels very tight, and the colors and surface finishings work well together. With the exception of the polished bezel, the case brushed to a matte finish, and I love how it contrasts with the vibrant sandwich dial. The date window at three o’clock is going to have its detractors, I’m sure, but I appreciate its relative unobtrusiveness and matching blue background for the white numerals. It also provides a nice balance to the nine o’clock numeral and small seconds on the other side of the dial.
The PAM01313 has a quality in-house automatic movement with a more-than-ample three days of power reserve. If you’ve been tempted by the slimmer Luminor Due but have had difficulty accepting its lower depth rating, this could be a good watch to check out. It brings the refined aesthetic that helped define the Due to the table – though not the thinness; this guy is a full 15.65mm thick – while staying true to what many think a Panerai ought to be.
Model: Luminor Marina
Reference Number: PAM01313
Case Material: AISI 316L brushed steel
Dial Color: Blue sandwich dial with satiné soleil decoration
Indexes: Arabic numerals and hour markers in white Super-LumiNova with green luminescence
Lume: Yes, Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Dark blue alligator strap and additional rubber strap
Caliber: Cal. P.9010
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power Reserve: 72 hours (3 days)
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Pricing & Availability
Price: $ 7,700
Limited Edition: No
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