The Panerai Luminor Due is an elegant variant of the Luminor. It's the perfect dress watch thanks to its incredibly thin case and stylish design. Top models in the series are made of 18-karat red gold with an automatic in-house caliber.
The Luminor Due is one of Panerai's most recent models. The Italian company introduced the luxury watch in 2016 as an elegant reinterpretation of their cult watch the Luminor. Every watch connoisseur and collector knows this timepiece with its distinctive crown-protecting bridge, which shields the crown from getting damaged and pushes it into the case to create a seal. The Luminor Due also has this bridge, but its cushion-shaped case with horn-shaped lugs is reminiscent of the Radiomir 1940.
At only 11 mm thick, this men's watch is up to 40% thinner than the Luminor 1950 models. The Luminor Due, which is available in stainless steel or red gold, has a case diameter of either 42 or 45 mm. Thanks to its remarkable thinness, it's the perfect companion to a business suit. Many Panerai fans consider it to be the perfect everyday watch.
Panerai uses the newest in-house movements, which feature a 3-day power reserve. Models with manual movements are powered by the 3.85-mm caliber P.1000. The automatic watches use the caliber P.4000 with an off-center micro-rotor made of tungsten alloy. This material has a weight similar to gold. The rotor is significantly smaller than a centrally-positioned one and therefore, can be integrated into the movement. Micro-rotors are rarely encountered in the world of mechanical watches. Thanks to this small rotor, the P.4000 is only 3.95 mm thick. The P.1000 and P.4000 both have a small seconds at nine o'clock, which will stop if you pull out the crown, allowing you to set the time to the exact second.
|Model||Price (approx.)||Size (in mm)||Automatic||Material|
|Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso, Ref. PAM00675||18,000 euros||45||✓||Red gold|
|Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso, Ref. PAM00677||16,000 euros||42||–||Red gold|
|Luminor Due 3 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio, Ref. PAM00674||7,300 euros||45||✓||Stainless steel|
|Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio, Ref. PAM00676||6,400 euros||42||–||Stainless steel|
Since the Luminor Due was only recently introduced, there are few pre-owned models on the market. Prices for new manual and automatic models start around 6,400 euros and 7,300 euros, respectively. If you prefer a red gold version, then you should be prepared to spend 16,000 euros for a manual timepiece and 18,000 euros for an automatic one.
With a case diameter of 42 mm, the Luminor Due 3 Days is a rather small Panerai timepiece, and suitable for both men and women. The red gold version is especially feminine. It comes with a light blue alligator leather strap, which emphasizes its feminine feel and pairs perfectly with its anthracite-colored sunburst dial. The stainless steel version has a black sunburst dial and comes with a black alligator leather strap.
The watches in this collection feature sandwich dials, a typical Panerai design feature. A sandwich dial is comprised of two discs. The bottom disc is covered in a luminous material, while the upper disc has cutouts for the Arabic numeral and index hour markers. This allows the luminosity to shine through so you can read the time. During daylight hours, the hour markers appear beige. This design element gives the Luminor Due a retro touch. Panerai uses the Arabic numerals 3, 6, and 12 as hour markers; all others are indices. Like the Luminor Marina, the small seconds is at nine o'clock.
Another distinctive characteristic of these stainless steel and gold watches is the engraved crown-protecting bridge, which is also present on the Luminor 1950. The "REG. T.M." engraving on the bridge is what distinguishes the 1950 and Due models from the standard Luminor. To set the time, you must open the crown-protecting bridge and pull out the crown. Thanks to its seconds reset, the seconds hand jumps to zero once you've moved the crown to this position. When the bridge is closed, the case is waterproof up to 30 m (3 bar). It's not enough to go swimming, but wearing the watch while washing your hands isn't a problem and you won't have to worry about getting caught in the rain. You can view the in-house caliber P.1000 through the clear sapphire glass case back.
Like the versions with the manual movement P.1000, the automatic models of the Luminor Due have a 3-day (or 72-hour) power reserve. The 45-mm wristwatches are best suited for larger wrists. The timepiece, which is 3 mm larger than its siblings, has so much dial space that Panerai added the Arabic numeral "9" as an hour marker. The small seconds is directly below it. The automatic watches are available in stainless steel and 18-karat red gold. Both models feature sunburst dials; the stainless steel version has a black dial, and the gold version has an anthracite dial. Panerai outfits the timepieces with black alligator leather straps, and you can view the impressive in-house caliber through the see-through, sapphire glass case back.
The Panerai Luminor Due is an elegant interpretation of the former military watch, the Luminor. Thanks to its thin case, it's a perfect dress watch. The 42-mm versions with manual movements are perfect for both men and women. Thanks to the distinctive crown-protecting bridge and robustly constructed movement, the luxury timepiece works as a perfect everyday watch. Unfortunately, the Luminor Due is only waterproof to 30 m (3 bar). Thus, if you want to go diving with your Panerai watch, you should take a look at a Luminor Submersible with a unidirectional bezel for monitoring your dive time.