Why are Panerai Luminor 1950 Watches So Popular?

panerai luminor 1950

panerai luminor 1950

The Panerai Luminor 1950 has become one of the most popular Panerai models among watch collectors. This seems to derive from the idea that it combines a minimalist military style and an iconic case. First things first we need to talk about the watchmakers background as it is necessary to understand the circumstances under which this watch was created and its understanding of Panerai’s history.

In 2002, Officine Panerai released a Special Edition model known simply as the Luminor 1950 or it’s nickname among Paneristis as simply the “Fiddy” ( sounds like “fifty” for 1950). They limited the piece to just 1,950 units, and so it wasn’t long before the Fiddy started exchanging hands at well above its listing price. Even now, many years later, it is trading hands for more than double its list price. Read more

Panerai Luminor 1950 Reviews

The Panerai Luminor 1950 is influenced by a classic watch that played a role assisting Italian Naval commandos during World War II. The timepiece features the brand’s P.9001 movement that was developed in-house. Their high quality construction symbolizes Panerai’s timeless tradition and commitment to excellence.

Panerai Luminor 1950

Panerai Luminor 1950

The Caliber family P.9000 used by the Panerai Luminor 1950, which was introduced in 2009, is the second line of in-house movements developed by the Italian manufacturer. Some models features 3 day power reserve and other common models feature an 8 day power reserve, the 3 day offer the benefit of automatic winding at significantly less expense than their predecessors in the P.2000 family. Caliber P.2003, ironically, can last for a full 10 days of reserve power, but the watch that it powers, the Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT, is nearly twice as expensive as the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT.

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A Panerai Comparison: Radiomir or Luminor?

Officine Panerai has become one of the world’s most celebrated and iconic watchmaker, from the Panerai Luminor 1950 to the Radiomir Black Seal, these timepieces are a favorite of almost every horology purist. The Luminor and Radiomir are Panerai’s main two watch lines but some may ask what is the difference between them?

In order to compare the Luminor and Radiomir a little background history must  be given to truly understand they’re features.

Panerai Radiomir and Panerai Luminor History

A Panerai Comparison Radiomir or Luminor

A Panerai Comparison Radiomir or Luminor

Officine Panerai began in Florence, Italy and during the late 1930’s when Panerai was commissioned to design and create timepieces for the Italian Navy. They first introduced the Radiomir model with an unprotected crown and cushion style case. Today the Radiomir is considered to be more a traditional style and used for more business minded or formal wear than practical uses.

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Panerai Luminor 1950 – A Rich History


Panerai Luminor 1950

The Panerai Luminor 1950 is one one the most popular watches in line of timepieces created by the Italian watchmaker Office Panerai (see reviews here). These iconic, durable and dependable designs were originally trademarked in 1949 featuring a new self-luminous substance, “Luminor” which followed it’s successful predecessor, the “Radiomir”. The Luminescent substance that is now the basis of the Panerai Luminor 1950, was originally designed to increase the night vision accuracy for viewing watch dials used by the Italian Navy commandos on missions during World War II.

The Luminor goes back to the story of Giovanni Panerai, an Italian watchmaker in Florence, Italy who owned a shop, workshop and started the cities first watchmaking school in the late 1800’s. In 1916, Panerai is supplying precision instruments to the Italian Royal Navy and develops the “Radiomir” which uses a highly visible luminescent paint adhesive made from radium. This was to the first of many advanced technological patents issued to Panerai.

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The Most Expensive Panerai Luminor 1950 Ever Sold

Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Equation of Time Watch

Panerai Luminor 1950

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Equation of Time Watch is the most expensive 1950 Luminor sold fetching an impressive $248,400. This Panerai timepiece honors fans of technical grand complications, the Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon is dedicated to the genius of Galileo Galilei, combining some of the rarest, most exclusive and alluring specialties in watch-making.

There are only 30 known examples of the Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio  and it is the most technically refined wristwatch ever produced by Officine Panerai: a tourbillon with equation of time, indication of sunrise and sunset chosen by the purchaser with a representation of the night sky of the same city on the back plate. The watch functions are: a date window at 3 o’clock, alongside a small dial that shows the month with a hand; sunset time; equation of time; sunrise time and lastly a small seconds at 9 o’clock, where the rotation of the tourbillon.

The watch’s Luminor 1950 titanium case is 50 mm in diameter weighs less, but users have the option to choose a rose gold case. Waterproof to 10 bar (about 100 meters), the case has the typical crown-protecting bridge, brushed titanium like the case body, while the anti-reflective sapphire crystal is held in place by a bezel with contrasting polished finish.

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IWC Aquatimer 2014 Collection

IWC watches are a favorite of mine for their combination of luxury and functionality. At this years SIHH watch fair in Geneva, IWC presented an amazing variety of new and updated Aquatimer models for 2014. The first Aquatimer was created in 1967 in response to the new and growing popularity of scuba diving. This watch set the mark for IWC’s Aquatimer’s growth.

This year there are many traditional styles with new twists but be sure to look for these in particular. The new titanium OCEAN Porsche Design, the Aquatimer GST sport watch, the Aquatimer GST Deep One which is also in titanium with a mechanical depth gauge. The new Aquatimer Split Minute Chronograph which was the first watch to features a split-minute hand that operates separately from the chrono that can be activated or deactivated underwater, to a depth of 120 meters. Finally, the Aquatimer Deep Two with a depth gauge that shows current depths as well as the depth attained during a dive, to a maximum of 50 meters.

Visit IWC to see some of these new IWC Aquatimer watches available. http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/aquatimer/#Aquatimer_module

Please contact me if you are looking for a new IWC or any other timepiece request you may have.



New Rolex Sky-Dwellers at Baselworld 2014

We are excited to see the new Rolex Sky-Dwellers introduced this year at Baselworld 2014, the innovative annual calendar watch first introduced at Baselworld 2012. The new versions of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller include a model in 18k yellow gold featuring a brown alligator strap, another in 18k white gold with black alligator leather strap, and another with Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold with matching Everose gold bracelet.


•             42mm 18k white gold case

•             black alligator leather strap

•             water-resistant to 100 meters

•             screw-down crown

•             automatic Caliber 9001

•             dual time zone display

•             COSC-certified chronometer

You can expect prices for the new Rolex Sky-Dweller watches will be $38,150 for the yellow-gold model on a strap, $39,550 for the white gold watch on a strap, and $48,850 for the Everose gold version with bracelet.


Ulysse Nardin Hammerhead: Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

Are you interested in selling your watch or maybe are you have been thinking about trading your watch for a new one? Timepiece Trader, LLC is reputable watch provider in South Florida, that buys, sells and trades new and pre-owned high-end luxury watches.

Ulysse Nardin has operated out of Switzerland since 1865. Historically, the watchmaker is best known for its manufacturing of highly accurate marine chronometers.


Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Hammerhead
Stainless Steel Special Edition out of a numbered series of only 999 

Ref# 263-91LE-3

  • 45mm Titanium and Stainless Steel case
  • Automatic self-winding movement with date indication and power reserve dial
  • Exhibition sapphire case back
  • Comes on full size rubber sport strap with push button folding deployment clasp

Watch is pre-owned in LNIB – Like New In Box condition.
It comes 100% complete with all UN inner/outer presentation boxes, booklets and warranty information.

A. Lange & Sohne Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time Watch

Timepiece Trader can buy, sell or trade your high end luxury watch. If you are looking for this watch, or a watch not currently shown, please email or call us. Timepiece Trader has built a network of collectors over the years that can find just the watch you are looking for.

We offer a selection of many high end watch brands such as this beautiful A. Lange Striking Time. The German watchmaker is regarded as one of the best high-end watch manufacturers.


REF# 145.029


  • 44.2mm 18k white gold case
  • manual – hand-winding movement Caliber L043.2 – A visibly configured chiming mechanism strikes the quarter-hours and the full hours.
  • Exhibition sapphire case back
  • Comes as pictured on black croc strap with Lange tang buckle

Pre-owned in absolutely perfect collector condition. The watch has been lightly worn but I would rate at 97% plus condition. Watch was originally purchased in September 2007 from an authorized dealer.

It comes 100% complete with everything it came with when originally purchase including all books, papers, pusher, wallet and huge over-sized watch-winder presentation box – with both inner and outer boxes – 100% complete!

Feel free to contact our sales office for more information.

Hublot Big Bang Evolution Ceramic & Stainless Steel

Hublot Big Bang Evolution Ceramic & Stainless Steel Chronograph 44mm
Ref: Black 301.SM.1770.RX

Watch is pre-owned in LNIB – Like Brand New Condition worn a few times but shows as perfect with not a mark on the watch. Owned as part of a collection and only worn a few times. The watch shows as perfect and you can see the pictures of the actual watch on auction.

Watch comes 100% complete with all Hublot presentation boxes, booklets and original warranty info.

See the pictures of the actual watch on sale!! Feel free to contact our office for more information.

  • 44mm stainless steel case with ceramic bezel
  • Automatic self winding HUB 44 – 27 JEWELS movement with date indication
  • Black ceramic bezel
  • Grey/black carbon fiber dial
  • Sapphire crystal exhibition case back
  • Full size adjustable blue rubberized sport strap with black matching deployment clasp




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