In 1860, Giovanni Panerai opened up a watchmaker shop in Ponte alle Grazie, Florence. This was the city’s first school for watchmaking and the place where the Italian brand’s history started. Over the period of time, Panerai watches have served many needs of the military. From 1936 to 1993, the company fulfilled the requirements of the Royal Italian Navy. Panerai watches were designed to withstand extreme conditions underwater. It is safe to say that Panerai showcases the perfect combination of Swiss technology, Italian design, and a great deal of passion for the sea.
Panerai Radiomir was the first watch to be introduced by Panerai. According to the historical archives of the Navy, only 10 prototypes of that watch were produced. This was a model that witnessed continuous evolution to suit the needs of the Italians. Afterwards, Panerai Luminor was introduced in 1949 and replaced Radiomir. As the name suggested, Panerai Luminor was self-luminous. This watch was developed and evolved which is called the Luminor 1950 today. In 2011, a bronze watch “Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo” was launched. By the year of 2013, Panerai introduced a new collection of Panerai Submersible watches.