Movement Hand-wound mechanical, P.2004 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 8.2 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days with linear indicator, three barrels, seconds reset device. Column wheel. 321 components.
Functions Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, GMT, Power Reserve Indicator, Seconds Reset, Single-button Chronograph, Single-button chrono
Case Diameter 44 mm, Brushed Titanium
Bezel Polished Titanium
Back See - through sapphire crystal
Device protecting the crown (Protected as a trademark) Brushed Titanium
Dial Brown with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Minute counter at 3 o’clock, seconds and 24h indicator at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock, central chronograph hand.
Crystal Sapphire crystal formed of corundum
Water Resistance 10 bar (~100 metres)
Strap Alligator, Dark brown, Ecru, 24.15/22.15 MM Standard
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.
THE LUMINOR 1950 CHRONO MONOPULSANTE 8 DAYS GMT TITANIO - 44 MM IS A CHRONOGRAPH MADE BY OFFICINE PANERAI with a sophisticated and exclusive manual-wound mechanical P.2004 movement combined with the traditional 44-mm luminor 1950 case. Made of titanium, the watch stands out for its avant-garde technical characteristics, reliability and water tightness. The Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT boasts a number of impressive details and innovations: manual-wound movement with eight-day power reserve; linear power reserve indicator; second time zone with day/night indicator; seconds reset for precise synchronisation; single-button chronograph with column wheel and friction clutch. Of the many functions available, the chronograph stands out because instead of the usual two buttons, it has only one, which, when pressed again and again starts, stops and resets the central hand. The chronograph's dial, with its traditional sandwich structure typical of Officine Panerai, maintains the characteristics that made the first military models famous: large Arabic numerals at the cardinal points, bar markings and index hands, all luminescent, for optimal night-time visibility.
Light, strong and hypoallergenic, the remarkable physical, mechanical and corrosion-resistant qualities of titanium have made this metal one of the most valued in fine watchmaking, as well as a material of choice for the military, aeronautical and aerospace industries. From the engineering viewpoint, its lightness makes it an exceptional material: titanium has the same strength as steel but is 40% lighter.
Titanium is impervious to corrosion by salt water or the marine environment and it has exceptional resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalis, natural waters and industrial chemical products. Although in nature it is the ninth most abundant element, and, after aluminium and iron, the third most common metal used in mechanical applications, titanium is found only in the form of oxides, hence the difficulty of refining the raw material and its consequent prestige.
Officine Panerai uses two different types of titanium for various kinds of components: Grade 2 and Grade 5.
Grade 2: titanium with a high oxygen content and greater strength than Grade 1. It is widely used and offers the best compromise between strength, corrosion resistance, weldability and moldability.
Grade 5 (Ti 6Al-4V): this alloy can be polished and not just cleaned. It has very high tensile strength but relatively low ductility.
The working of titanium is a very delicate operation due to the material’s sensitivity to oxidization. If oxidization occurs, the manufacturing process must be restarted.
Panerai watches are produced to very high standards of quality. It is worth remembering that the mechanical parts run 24 hours a day when used, so the watch must undergo regular maintenance to ensure long life and good operation.
Have watch checked periodically for water-resistance by an Authorized Panerai Service Centre and renovate it every two years with regular servicing, or whenever the watch has to be opened. The restoration of water-resistance necessarily involves replacing the seals in order to ensure the maximum water resistance and protection. Where the watch is used in underwater sports activities, it is recommended that it should be checked every year before the underwater activities begin.
Have the movement of watch checked periodically by an Authorized Panerai Service Centre in order to preserve its perfect operation. If the watch has a tendency to gain or lose time to a significant degree, the movement may need to be overhauled. The movements are designed to withstand temperature variations between -10°C and +60°C (14°F and 140°F). Outside this range of temperatures, operational variations exceeding those set out in the specifications of the movement may be noticed. In addition, there is a risk that the lubricants contained in the movement may deteriorate, resulting in damage to some of its parts.
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR
To keep the exterior in perfect condition, we recommend washing Panerai watch with soap and warm water, using a soft brush. After this operation, and also after immersion in the sea or a swimming pool, carefully rinse the watch with fresh water. All Panerai watches can be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth.
Panerai straps must be washed in warm water and left to dry. It is important not to dry them on a hot surface or expose them to direct sunlight, because the rapid evaporation of the water could damage their shape and quality. After each immersion in the sea or a swimming pool, carefully rinse the strap with fresh water. It is recommended that the strap and the buckle should be replaced by an Authorized Distributor or a Panerai Service Centre, in order to avoid any problems caused by incorrect replacement. Only an Authorized Distributor or Panerai Service Centre can guarantee the use of genuine Panerai straps, properly designed to fit the dimensions of the case and manufactured according to the quality standards of the brand. All alligator leather used by Officine Panerai comes from farms in Louisiana, USA. Officine Panerai’s suppliers have committed to the highest standard of responsibility and have given their assurance that such farms in Louisiana contribute to the stable growth of wild alligators, thus protecting this endangered species. Panerai does not use leather coming from endangered species taken from the wild.
The P.2004 calibre is the first chronograph movement created entirely by the Panerai Manufacture, an expression of the quality of the mechanical tradition applied to sports watches. The P.2004 calibre is a hand-wound mechanical movement with a power reserve of 8 days. It is a single-button column wheel chronograph which combines the start/stop/ reset functions in a single push-piece. This push-piece is positioned at 8 o’clock in order to maintain the unmistakable appearance of Luminor watches, with the bridge protecting the winding crown, a distinctive feature of the design of Luminor cases. Its position also allows the most immediate control of the operations of the chronograph when making time measurements. The chronograph seconds hand is at the centre with the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, enabling the measurements themselves to be clearly read. But the heart of the movement consists of the sophisticated system for controlling the chronograph functions: the column wheel, a characteristic feature of high-quality chronographs, ensures the greatest precision in starting, stopping and resetting the chronograph hands. It is also equipped with the GMT function. The case back of the Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT reveals the structure of the movement with its separate bridges, their brushed finish with chamfered edges and the polished screws. It is available with a brushed steel, titanium or ceramic case.
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