Panerai Watches

It may seem that only a few PANERAI watches exist, when first familiarizing oneself of the iconic brand. However, there are in fact plenty of case options to choose from, and even more variations in size for each one. Some descriptions are below:










The most popular case style in general is the Panerai Luminor, which happens to be the most contemporary style of all of the Panerai watches. Its form is sleek with straighter edges, available in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. The Panerai Luminor case carries the brands most recognizable feature, the “device protecting the crown” which has be aptly trademarked by Officine Panerai.












The Luminor 1950 case can be considered similar to the standard Luminor from the front view, however the side and back views reveal a very different Panerai case. Most noticeable, is its uniquely domed crystal, which resembles the glass used in vintage times past. Some versions of the Luminor 1950 feature a less defined dome, with lower rounded effect, more resembling the standard Luminor. The 1950 case maintains it vintage appeal with a modern flare, while carrying the device protecting the crown which we can so easily associate with Panerai. It comes equipped well beyond other Panerai watch base models, and comes in 44mm and 47mm.












Glorious in rich history, the Radiomir offers the most choices of case size: 42mm, 43mm, 45mm, 46mm, and 47mm, several sizes being special editions. The Radiomir can be considered the most vintage looking of Panerai watches.  It has a simple crown, with no protective device. Its case is minimalistic and square with softly curved edges. Giving it an even more subdued style, are wire lugs which attach the draped leather strap to its case.



Probably considered the “coolest” Panerai today, the Submersible has a virtual mix of all things Panerai… Obvious at first is the device protecting the crown, the “round and square at the same time” oversized case which comes in 44mm or 47mm, and the rugged rubber strap. This watch is water resistant to 300 meters, and comes in an array of materials such as stainless steel, titanium, ceramic, and Bronzo.



In the 1990s, the Panerai brand was coming back to the surface after many years of dormancy. They released two models: the Luminor and the very different looking Mare Nostrum. Produced from 1993-1997, the Mare Nostrum was developed in tribute to an officer’s deck watch which Panerai had designed years earlier, but never produced. Once released, it was not popular or considered greatly in the mainstream market. Ironically, it has a case shape and mechanical esthetics which vaguely resemble most other Panerai watches.











The Ferrari case is uniquely its own, and a bit less popular, although very much appreciated by a more modern minded audience. The smooth Panerai case includes a very large, rugged textured crown and comes in two sizes: 40mm and 45mm.







Rolex Submariner Model Body Types

The generous variety of ROLEX watch models in general can overwhelm a novice shopper, even when their search has been pared down to a single type, the Submariner. Introduced in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Fair, the appropriately named Submariner was designed with the purpose of deep ocean diving. It held up to the chore of resisting water intrusion to a depth of 200 meters at first, with most recent models withstanding 300 meters. Along with the various mechanical updates on Submariner models over the years, we also have a variety of esthetically pleasing options to choose from. In this article, we will describe each type of Submariner, by it’s physical attributes only:


Submariner Band 16610

                                                                               The Black Rolex Submariner 16610  is simple and clean, featuring a sharp black face with luminescent hands and hour markers, as well as the date. The bracelet is made from stainless steel, as is the case, making this a classic choice. This model was produced from 1989 to 2010. Older models may have a rickety, loose oyster bracelet, as years of friction or polishing have gradually worn the metal down, and their bracelets also have an extra, permanent half-link which is riveted to the oyster clasp.


Submariner watch band 14060                                                                        The Black Rolex Submariner 14060 is very similar to the 16610, except that it has no date. This “no date” model is favored by many serious collectors and watch enthusiasts for its simplicity. These models are in less supply, so they oftentimes sell very quickly. The Submariner 14060 was produced by Rolex from 1990 to 2002. Never associate Submariner model numbers based on the “no date” variable alone, as the 14060 is not the only Submariner without a date.



                                                                                     The Rolex Submariner Anniversary 16610LV differs from the standard 16610 Submariner only in a few key areas to be found on the watch dial and bezel. The most apparent change is the color of Rolex green bezel insert which is used on the 16610LV instead of the standard-issue black bezel insert. A new “Maxi Dial” shows white gold markers which are larger in diameter as well. Only produced between 2003 and 2010 in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner, this model is more scarcely on the market.


Submariner Ceramic

The Rolex Submariner Ceramic Bezel 116610 is the current model in production by Rolex. It features a waterproof 40mm stainless steel case, signature screw down crown, and a handsome black dial with white Luminova hour markers. But the most poignant difference here is the intra smooth and scratch resistant black Ceramic bezel. It has a long lasting sheen which makes the watch look like it was just polished.Maxi dial, along with a recent innovation from Rolex, the marvelous Glidelock clasp. This “Submariner Ceramic” has been in production from 2010 – present day (2013).


Submariner green hulk lv

                                                                         The Rolex Submariner Ceramic Bezel 116610LV is also referred to as the “The Hulk”. This Submariner model is a green version of the aforementioned 116610, as it features a green bezel and Glidelock clasp.







                                                                                  The Rolex Submariner Two-Tone 16613 offers a number of dial and bracelet options. The dial comes in several color options such as black, silver, and blue, and showcases luminous hour markers. The bracelets are made of 18 karat yellow gold and steel. This model was produced from about 1988 to 2010.







The Rolex Submariner Two-Tone Ceramic 116613 has a brilliant blue face with luminous hands and markers, with a bracelet made of 18-karat yellow gold and steel. It comes equipped with a Ceramic bezel and Glidelock clasp.





The Rolex 18K Gold Submariner 16618  was designed in 1990, and it has retained its value to this day. Featuring a solid 18-karat gold oyster bracelet, this model was produced from about 1990 to 2010.





Rolex-18k-Blue-Ceramic-Bezel-Submariner-B-P-116618LB[8]                                                                         The Rolex 18K Gold Submariner Ceramic 116618 was designed in 2007. It comes in black dial/black ceramic bezel or blue dial/blue ceramic bezel with white, luminous hour markers, and an Oyster bracelet made from 18-karat yellow gold with a Glidelock clasp. This classic status symbol carries a higher price tag than other pre-owned Rolex watches. This model is currently in production (2013).






                                                                         The Rolex White Gold Submariner Ceramic 116619 is a variation on the 18K gold Submariner which is water resistant all of the way up to 1,000 feet of depth. This model has a blue Ceramic bezel and the 18k white gold bracelet has a matching Glidelock clasp. This model is currently in production (2013).