Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic 38mm Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic 38mm Hands-On

Would the Mini Cooper actually be a symbol in the event that it were the size of the Rolls Royce Phantom? Imagine a scenario in which the Walkman was always unable to fit inside a back pocket. On the other hand, would the Luminor – a benchmark for moderate Italian plan and maybe the chief agitator of the ‘large watch’ pattern of the most recent decade – keep up comparable notoriety on the off chance that it were almost 25% more modest? Difficult to say, yet Panerai will bet that it will, with the SIHH presentation of the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic in another 38mm case.

All pictures by David Bredan

As the story goes, in both utility and style, Panerai watches have consistently moved huge – beginning with the primary 47mm models utilized by Italian Royal Navy frogmen in the last part of the 1930s, afterward to the 44mm “Pre-Vendome” reference 5218 Luminor worn by Sylvester Stallone in the 1996 film Daylight, a move which drove Panerai into the worldwide spotlight and eventually established the larger than usual tasteful as the arising pattern of the decade.


Unsurprisingly, keeping up that tradition of enormous has likewise implied that Panerai has been the slowest to switch its own pattern and adjust to advertise tastes which have been discreetly moving back towards the more modest, all the more customarily estimated pieces that have accentuated the last a few Baselworld & SIHH show cycles. Yet, there are changes forthcoming in Neuchatel , and the brand gives off an impression of being attempting to expand its allure by presenting more modest 42 or 40mm pieces in essentially every accessible assortment. Indeed, even the normally huge Submersible presently comes in a welcome 42mm , which is certainly justified regardless of a second search for any individual who’s always discounted Panerai as a one-wrist wonder.

By a similar token, the 38mm Due is a welcome, and similarly long-overdue expansion to the line – especially in light of the fact that there has consistently been a huge unforeseen of watch fans who love the Panerai stylish, however the wide cases have consigned them to bigger wrists as it were. It likewise hasn’t helped that the flimsy bezel and expansive dial opening that describes the Luminor line yields an even somewhat bigger wrist presence than the specs propose. So regardless of being the littlest Panerai ever constructed, the 38mm Due wears more like a customary 40mm game watch, unexpectedly making it the nail in the ‘big watch trend’ casket, since the brand generally credited with super-estimating the business is straightforwardly accepting the perfect inverse finish of the spectrum.

As of 2018, Panerai has stopped its dependence on the ETA-based developments it had verifiably sent, and the 38mm Due is no exemption, using Panerai’s new in-house produced OP XXXIV – a recently evolved automatic development that murmurs along at 21,600 bph and has a 3-day power hold. However, similar to every beneficial thing, the Luminor Due in 38mm comes with an admonition: it’s simply water-impervious to 30m, notwithstanding the case’s 11mm thickness. The watches have a shut caseback (sorry we just have caseback pictures of the red gold model).


Yes, the remainder of the bigger Due choices are additionally 30 meter-safe, and truly, we will all contend that “nobody jumps that profound,” however it’s not simply the profundity, but rather the aim behind it. As a rule, 100m signs the expectation of a legitimate game watch and pleasantly conveys the underwater conventions of the first Radiomir, yet 30m comes off as a digit empty – a Panerai in name and stylish just, deficient with regards to all the ability of the genuine article – similar to a two-wheel drive Range Rover.

Thankfully however, the invigorating wearability likewise comes with a similarly reviving sticker price – an especially welcome piece of information, particularly when ‘esteem’ isn’t a word commonly communicated inside the corridors of SIHH. Indeed, the 38mm Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic was perhaps the most reasonable watches we took a stab at – and even with Panerai’s day of work to only utilizing its own fabricated types, it conveys a requesting cost from $6,000 in steel and $15,700 in red gold. panerai.com