Although it doesn’t much look like the type we are now used to, there is a definite case for calling Panerai Radiomir best replica one of the world’s first dive watches.
It may be missing familiar elements like a rotating bezel or helium escape valve, but seeing as it was built specifically for military frogmen in the 1930s and was known to have a water resistance of around 10 Atm., it is not an outrageous claim.
The Panerai Radiomir: The First
In truth, the very first Radiomir 1:1 replica watch, the ref. 2533, owed more to Rolex than Panerai.The ref. 2533 had everything the Navy needed, but there was still plenty of refining to do.
The dial, however, was all Panerai. Taking minimalism to the extreme, the brand eschewed numerals in any form and instead simply cut elongated baton slits for the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markers, a double baton at the 12 o’clock and small dots for the remainder.
The lower disc was coated with the luminescent Panerai quality replica watch paint, while the upper was matte black with the indexes stenciled out so the lume shone through. Still very much in use today, this was the first example of Panerai’s famed sandwich dial technique.
The Radiomir Through The Years
The earliest offerings, the Luminor, Luminor Marina good-looking replica watch and the Mare Nostrum chronograph, were met with crashing apathy. No one had even heard of Panerai at this point, and the style of these new pieces was unorthodox to say the least.
Today, Panerai, and the Panerai Replica Watch, are still hugely sought after and only getting more so each year. The Italian maison has retained many of the watch’s most striking elements—the huge numerals, the cushion-shaped case, the signature handset—and added a number of varieties.
You can take your pick now from the simplest two-handers, to time-and-date and GMT The Best Panerai Replica. Each brings a wonderfully modern take on a vintage classic; the dive watch that beat them all.