If there one brand that has really done significant work in spreading the trend of oversized watches it has to be Panerai. Although there is no title for this particular feat, Panerai does deserve to be recognized as one of the most effective promotors of large and bulky watch designs. Ever since the beginning, back in the 1940s, Panerai has been involved in making timepieces such as the Radiomir. For those who do not know, Radiomir was Panerai’s first born. This blog, however, will be all about the 38 mm Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio.
The Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – What’s So Special?
Panerai started off as a military style watchmaker when it came out with the 47 mm Radiomir. The timepiece was all kinds of masculine. It was bulky yet it sat just perfectly on the wrist. But today, we live in a different era. The demand for large and oversized watches, although there, has subsided dramatically.
Thus, it was no surprise when Panerai launched the Luminor Due Automatic in a 38 mm case. Back in 2018 when Panerai launched the 38 mm watches including the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 38mm, they were the first watch from the brand to be below the 40 mm mark.
This particular 38 mm Luminor falls into Panerai’s already popular Due series. The line is attractive and is essentially a dress watch line-up. The watch is equipped with the brand’s well-known design language. While being beautiful, the watch is also a tad bit controversial. Why, you ask? It is mainly because one of the attributes that collectors have long associated with the name Panerai, the overwhelming water resistance of the watch, has been limited to 100 meters.
But the brand did this intentionally and there was a goof reason behind it. Water resistance was sacrificed in order to accommodate a thinner and more elegant design. The Panerai Luminor Due was originally launched in the year 2016 with two different case sizes- the automatic 45 mm size and the manual wound 42 mm size. The 38 mm variant is also an automatic watch with 3 days of power reserve, which is quite impressive.
Who Is It For?
The design and built of the watch is good. There is the essence of masculinity that Panerai is known for but at the same time, they are elegant and suave. In a way, there is no distinction about this watch being for men or for women. It really depends on whether you like it or not.
Getting Into the Details
One thing that really stands out in the 38 mm Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio is its thickness. The relative thickness to the diameter of watch is pretty petite in this timepiece. The thickness is just 11.2 mm relative to the 38 mm width. A major reason behind it is the automatic movement powering it. The watch features the OPXXXIV calibre. This is different as it is a ‘Group Movement’.
This means that since Richemont developed it, all the watch brands under the Richemont Group can use it. The movement runs at a decent 28,800 vph and utilizes silicon for the pallet fork and escape wheel.
The watch is available in stainless steel and rose gold.