History is the theme of Panerai’s 2020 novelty release as it marks 70 years of the Luminor family of watches. Of the many anniversaries and milestones regularly celebrated in the watch industry, this one is unique because it is dedicated to the tritium-based luminous compound. The compound has been in use by the Florentine manufacture since the 1940s but it was not until 1950 when the name Luminor made it into the manufacture’s archive books. Since then, Luminor was gradually used to describe the now iconic cushion-shaped dive watches, including the tribute piece seen here.
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A RIFLEMAN’S OPTICS
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