Between 1993, year of the first watch collection not exclusively made for military use, and 1997, year of Richemont's buyout, Panerai only produced a few hundred watches.
The set Panerai is presenting today is inspired by this period. Indeed, the Special Edition set (PAM000785) consists of of two models inspired by two of the most representative watches of the pre-Vendôme era. These two timepiece were ordered in 1996 by the American actor Sylvester Stallone, who was at the time involved in the film Daylight: the Luminor Black Seal and the Luminor Daylight. These two watches, produced
in limited editions of 500 units each, are now offered exclusively as part of the set. The box made of pear wood, also includes a model of a human torpedo as well as a publication on the military equipment of the Royal Italian Navy special forces.
The design of the new Luminors is faithully inspired by the 1996 original model. Both cases are made of stainless steel and measure 44 mm. Beating at a ryhthm of 21,600 alternations per hour, the two timepieces are equipped with a hand-wound P.5000 calibre executed entirely by the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. While the Luminor Black Seal has a black dial with numerals at 3, 6 and 12 o'clock, the Luminor Daylight has a white dial featuring a numeric hour markers and a detailed minute track. Both watches have the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. The brown leather strap is also inspired by the pre-Vendôme period. The Special Edition set includes two spare straps identical to the original and a screwdriver.