Thanks to their oversize cases, extra-resistant designs, and long association with the Italian forces, Panerai gold watches are actually beloved cult objects, an exotic destiny for a business exclusively created for navy use until '93. Right up until 1993 Panerai swiss watches were created exclusively for the military (barely 3 hundred versions were manufactured for civilians from 1939 to 1992). In 1993 the brand went into civil society with only two limited-edition collection providing the Luminor as well as Mare Nostrum chronograph (an early 40s model). Between '93 and The mid nineties, in regards to what is recognized as its pre-Vendome time period (the Richemont group was then called Vendome), Panerai appetites which has a tantalizingly sparse production of 828 wrist watches.
In 1997 the Richement group made a decision to capitalize on the brand's the historical past by generating officially and technically reliable reproductions of their original military types. Over the next 6 years, Officine Panerai created greater than ninety thousand designer watches and created a major international stature. Despite the fact that these in-house calibers today represent only an infinitesimal part of construction, they enable the business to rightfully take its place next to other Swiss watchmakers, and fuel passion among completely new hobbyists able to spend anywhere up to $100,000 to utilize a Panerai that has a tourbillon