Many thanks to their oversize cases, extra-resistant types, and long association with the Italian army, Panerai swiss watches have become beloved cult objects, an unusual fate for the brand name exclusively devised for navy use until '93. Right up until 1993 Panerai designer watches were created just for the air force (barely 300 types were designed for civilians from 1939 to 1992). In 1993 the business went into civil society with 2 limited-edition series boasting the Luminor as well as the Mare Nostrum chronograph (an early 40s model). Between 1993 and 1997, in regards to what is called its pre-Vendome phase (the Richemont organization ended up being called Vendome), Panerai appetites which has a tantalizingly sparse production of 828 wristwatches.
In 1997 the Richement group chose to capitalize on the brand's background by developing formally and technically trustworthy replications of the company's original military designs. Within the next 5 years, Officine Panerai created beyond ninety thousand swiss wrist watches and created an international stature. Eventhough these in-house calibers today depict only an infinitesimal component to construction, they let the firm to lawfully take its place next to other Swiss watchmakers, and fuel passion among brand-new hobbyists able to spend to as much as $100,000 to utilize a Panerai accompanied by a tourbillon