The history of the Panerai Daylight dates back to 1995 when Sylvester Stallone wore the watch while shooting his movie Daylight. The watch was an instant success among watches enthusiasts that prefer bold, rugged timepieces with a unique design. The newer, contemporary and advanced version of that classic Panerai Daylight model is the Luminor Chrono Daylight 44 mm that has the same iconic vintage look, outstanding functionality and a robust construction. It is the epitome of unconventional beauty and adventurous spirit.
Sylvester Stallone discovered Panerai watches by accident. Pure chance made him walk into a Panerai shop for the first time, while he was taking a stroll on the streets of Italy. Until that moment he did not know anything about the brand or about its watches, but once he entered the store and took a look at the timepieces showcased there he knew those were the right watches for him. He instantly bought one and decided to wear it in his upcoming movie Daylight. He was so enthusiastic about these Panerai models that he even gave some as gifts to his friends. Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of them and he also became a huge fan and loyal customer of Panerai. Just as Stallone, he wore these watches on set and contributed to the brand’s rapid ascension.
Maybe 22 years ago, Panerai was a low profile watchmaker that was mostly known for manufacturing military timepieces, but, now, due to the numerous times these watches have appeared in famous Hollywood movies it is one of the big names in the industry. It is a renowned and popular brand that is reserved to celebrities, statesmen and wealthy people. Owning a Panerai Daylight gives you fashion authority and appreciation among the highest social circles.
I have always been aware of the beauty, quality and value of a Panerai watch, but until I finally got the chance of wearing one I never knew what it really means to have such a watch on your wrist. When I first got my Paneray Daylight, even if it was just a replica, I was impressed by its confident design, untamed proportions and outstanding utilitarian sense. This was a few weeks ago when my most recent replica watch order arrived in the mail. The watch is everything I wished it to be and much more.
What are the things that fascinate the most at the Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight? Without a doubt, the brushed stainless steel case and polished bezel are the perfect match for the broad black dial that is unique due to its brilliant legibility and simplicity. The design brings a stronger and sportier approach to the classic man’s watch by naturally integrating outstanding functions like the chronograph, date and power reserve. The Daylight is a timepiece that offers a stunning mix of utility and aesthetics.
The dial itself is defined by that simple and elegant black color that is reminiscent for the traditional Panerai Daylight. It is the first color available for this model, the one that made its design instantly recognizable. Even though Panerai has later on produced the Daylight with a white dial, the black one remains the first choice for those who fall in love with this watch. The round elegant black dial with a matte finish, plain minutes indexes, big luminescent hour numerals, sleek glow in the dark hands, date window and 3 small dials are beautifully placed as to offer maximum readability, even in the darkest environments. The design is flawless, no one can argue this, but the functionality is also impressive. Its minimalistic approach turns simple features like the 3 counters in complex time measuring instruments. These are used to count elapsed seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours. Surprisingly enough, my Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight replica has a very authentic look. When you put the knockoff next to the original timepiece you can’t see any differences in terms of design. The dial has the same dark black color, creating an excellent contrast with the white luminescent markers, the same font and size for the hour numerals and wording. The 3 small dials and date window are positioned correctly and have an identical appearance. I tried really hard to spot some mistakes in the design of my fake watch, but no matter how much I studied it, I wasn’t able to spot any flaws.
Panerai Daylight comes with an oversized dial that is easily recognizable to most watch connoisseurs. It is not just the 44 mm diameter that makes a statement, but the round full shapes that define a bold and confident look. The rugged brushed steel with polished edges of the case is complemented by a similarly crafted winding crown protected by an arched stainless steel crown guard, a sleek steel bezel with a tachymeter scale and a screw down case back that seals the watch up to depths of 100 meters. This stunning case is also adorned with a brilliant 2.5 mm thick sapphire crystal that is topped with an anti-reflective coating. Similarly, my fake watch’s case is manufactured from solid stainless steel, has the winding crown with identic crown guard, a sturdy Tachymeter bezel and a scratch proof sapphire crystal. There are no noticeable differences between the look and feel of my replica and the ones of the original Panerai Luminor Daylight.
Panerai has equipped one of its best models- the Luminor Chrono Daylight- with a high grade automatic mechanical movement called Panerai OP XII caliber. It is an outstanding mechanism that features 27 jewels, 13¼ lignes, 28,800 alternations/hour, Glucydur® balance, Incabloc anti-shock device and a 46 hours power reserve. Some of its best highlights are the Panerai personalized oscillating weight, the Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges and the Chronometer Certificate (C.O.S.C.). As any self-respecting Swiss made watch with an amazing prestige and heritage, this Panerai offers maximum functionality due to its chronograph with three counters and tachymeter scale. I know that my Daylight replica watch doesn’t come with the same revolutionary automatic movement, but after extensive tests I have concluded that it is too equipped with a very good quality mechanism that offers very good time accuracy, a fair power reserve and reliability. I am quite pleased with it.
The Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight is available with three types of straps. One is the alligator band with a personalized steel adjustable buckle, then there is the integrated stainless steel bracelet that is constructed from links that are made of two overlapped and screwed parts in brushed steel, and finally there is the black rubber strap embossed with Officine Panerai and topped with a stainless steel pin buckle. My knockoff is the one with a black rubber band. I prefer this version because it is more comfortable and casual. It feels softer and smoother on the wrist and it goes pretty much with everything in your wardrobe. The thing I like the most about this type of strap is that it preserves the original charisma of the classic Panerai Daylight, the confident look of a watch born for adventure.
As mentioned above, the original Paneray Luminor Daylight has three small dials located at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock that are used to count elapsed time, plus a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. My replica has the same counters and date window, with the same design and fully functional. I was a bit surprised to see that these all work and that they are pretty useful and easy to use. Another thing I love about this fake Luminor Daylight is the fact that it is incredibly legible even in the dark. Just as on the real Panerai, the luminescent hour numerals and hands light up in the dark and allow you to see what the time is. This is great and shows one more time that buying this replica watch has really been a great choice. I now have a knockoff that looks, works and feels amazing on the wrist.
Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight is one of the brand’s modern reinterpretations. It is a classic timepiece that has been redesigned with attractive functions, contemporary elements and innovative materials. This vintage watch is now a notable example of spectacular blends between old and new, form and function, robustness and elegance. It recreates a manly and confident look without compromising utility and refinement. And most of all, for me it was the perfect chance for falling in love with Panerai watches, for discovering how rewarding it can be to wear a Luminor Daylight timepiece, a watch that echoes across time and conventions.