Officine Panarei reinvented its left-handed watches that had been created for the first time in the early 1940’s, to satisfy specific needs of Italian Navy commandos. New Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-handed 8 Days Titanio PAM00345 timepieces bring back this special and very unusual characteristic, combining it with an extremely tough material and a highly advanced mechanism.
Looking like a mirror image of what we used to call ‘normal watch’, the new Panerai’s cutting edge product is a real deal for left-handers, but it is also a very attractive piece for all passionate collectors. It comes with a crown and a clamp on the right side of the case, while its 60 seconds sub-dial changed the position at the dial with the 30 minutes counter.
It may look lake the Italian Navy had recriuted an unusually large number of left-handed commandos, since it asked Panerai to make such complicated changes, back in the 1940′s. The truth is that the original timepieces were produced to be worn on the right wrist, rather than for left-handers, because Italian divers used a left hand for a depth gauge or compass, leaving the right hand free for a wristwatch.
The P.2004/9 Automatic Movement
The new Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-handed 8 Days Titanio is a part of the Panerai 2011 Special edition. It has several reasons to be called special. Since we already spoke about the ‘left-handed’ specialty, let us have a look inside the case. It is the P.2004/9 hand-winding chronograph movement that provides accurate time, single-button chrono functions, a seconds reset device and an amazing power-reserve of 8 days (this is possible thanks to the three spring barrels). A power reserve indicator is on the back.
This superb mechanism also incorporates a column wheel and a vertical clutch. It comprises 31 jewels, 329 components and oscillates with the speed of 28,800 alternations per hour.
The watch case is made of brushed titanium, with a diameter of 44 mm (which is the most common size of new Panerai watches). It incorporates a polished titanium bezel, a crown with a protective device on the left side and a single push button at the 2 o clock position. The caseback is transparent and covered with a sapphire crystal, as well as the front side of the watch.
Central Chronograph Hand, Moved by a Single Button
This Luminor comes with a brown dial that features over-sized Arabic 12 and 6 and hour indices, covered with a luminous material that provides great readability. It also has a minute counter at the 9 o’clock position, a small seconds sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position and a central chronograph that can be quickly started, stopped and reset by a single button.
These superb timepieces are available with a leather strap and a large-size brushed titanium buckle. They also come with a second strap, a tool to change the strap and a steel screwdriver.
The Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-handed 8 Days Titanio watches are launched in the limited edition of 150 pieces.