Are you one of the many people who are not blessed with 20/20 vision? Do you hate squinting at your designer watch trying to figure out what in the heck the time is? Many designer watches today have tiny numerals or even non-existent numerals. They also have numbers on the outside, numbers and markings on tiny sub-dials, which can make a person with less than perfect vision get frustrated. Luckily there is a watch with style and simplicity that makes telling the time easy breezy.
The Panerai Luminor Base Mens Watch is a dream come true for someone who wants to be able to tell the time easily but not look like a total grandpa at the same time. The black dial has large white Arabic numerals marking the 3,6,9, and 12 o’clock positions. For the other hour positions there are white stick markers. Both numerals and the stick markers are luminescent as well.
The 44mm case is made of polished stainless steel with a fixed bezel also of stainless steel. The crystal protecting the dial is 3.5 mm of thick corundum Sapphire which has an anti reflecting coating. The back is screwed down stainless steel. All this is brought together nicely around your wrist with a calf-skin leather strap with a large steel buckle.
This watch has two basic time telling functions: minutes and hours. The movement is mechanically powered by hand with a Panerai OP. Its power reserve when fully hand wound is 56 hours. The water resistance of this watch is 300 meters.
Pros: The numerals are very easy to read. The watch is simple. Its basic colors make it easy to match with. It also comes with a 2 year warranty.
Cons: It’s hand-wound so if you forget to wind in 56 hours, you lose the time. There are no seconds, the date, or the day on this watch. When it says basic and simple, it means basic and simple.
Panerai has developed such a reputation and fan base that it became the official supplier of watches for the Italian navy. It runs between $4,000-$5,000 which isn’t as expensive as many of its variations. The biggest difference between this Panerai and other models is its simplicity. Other varieties have all of the hours and the minutes marked on the face of the watch, as well has having a “small seconds” at the 9 o’clock position. It is a good watch for a man who wants something simple, clearly legible, and has a well known reputation of reliability.