From a new luminescence...
As early as 1935, Panerai took part in the development of instruments for the Italian military navy. In 1949, the manufacture filed a patent under the name "luminor" for the use of luminescent materials. Luminor is the new tritium-based luminescent substance that replaces the much more dangerous radium. It soon became a reference for the diving watches of the range: a collection was born. However, it was not until 1997, and the takeover of Panerai by the Richemont group, that the Luminor collection really made its entry into the international luxury watch market.
...towards a complete collection
Considered Panerai's most prized model, the Luminor has evolved over the years to appeal to a connoisseur audience. Today, there are about twenty different Luminor models. They are divided into 5 major collections: the Base, the Marina, the GMT, the Power Reserve and the Submersible. All of them have the distinctive features of the original Panerai Luminor: crown-protector bridge, luminescent indexes and hands, water-resistance to 100m... Each model has its own manufacture movement. The OP I with its 56-hour power reserve and the OP XXX certified by the COSC (Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres) are particularly noteworthy.