Best Replica Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set Pays Tribute to Early Stallone Models for Sale

Twenty years ago, Hollywood action hero Sylvester Stallone commissioned a pair of replica watches from then-obscure replica watch brand Officine Panerai, and neither the brand, nor the fake watch world at large, has been the same since. Panerai marks this milestone at SIHH 2016 with a special, limited-edition set of two new replica watches inspired by the ones made for Sly in 1996.

Replica_PANERAI_PAM00786_Set_1000The Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set contains a pair of Panerai Luminor watches that bear the distinctive DNA of their forebears — released one year before the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group (then known as the Vendôme Group) in 1997 and which quickly became collectors’ items — yet also feature attractive modern twists.

One of the watches, the Panerai Replica Luminor Black Seal Left-Handed 8 Days (below), is the first iteration of that timepiece with the winding crown and patented, lever crown-protection device it on the left side of the case. Panerai replica watches, in fact, began making watches for left-handers in the 1940s for eminently practical reasons: this design enabled its wearers — many of whom were Italian navy frogmen, to wear a watch on their right wrist while wearing a compass and depth gauge on their left. The watch’s Luminor Case is 44 mm in diameter and is made of stainless steel coated with DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon),

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Panerai Replica Luminor Black Seal Left-Handed 8

The other timepiece in the set is the Panerai Luminor Daylight 8 Days (“Daylight” is the name of the movie Stallone was filming when he famously fell in love with Panerai watches), which is outfitted with an original, extremely rare white dial with blue markers and numerals. The watch is a reproduction of the 1996 model, a collector’s Holy Grail watch of which only a very still exist. It faithfully duplicates that model’s white dial and adds hour markers and hands (including the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock) executed in an intense blue color. For this watch (including its crown protector device, here placed in the more traditional right-side position), Panerai uses a 44-mm-diameter case made of AISI 316L stainless steel with a polished finish. The blue alligator strap echoes the color of the dial elements and the steel tongue buckle is sewn-in, as it was in the original models.

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Replica Panerai Luminor Daylight 8 Days

The cases of both watches, in Panerai’s Luminor style, are closed by a solid, screwed caseback, engraved with the words “Officine Panerai Firenze” and the OP logo. Both are also equipped with Panerai’s groundbreaking Caliber P.5000, a hand-wound movement that stores a power reserve of at least eight days in two series-connected spring barrels. This movement, which is entirely made in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, incorporates many of the “historic” characteristics of the movements used at the time – such as the hand-winding and the long power reserve – but also displays contemporary standards of high-quality watchmaking, notably its highly robust architecture, with large bridges protecting the mechanism and the balance bridge with twin supports.

Replica_PANERAI_PAM00786_back_1000Both watches in the Replica Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set watches are water-resistant to 300 meters. They come in a special box, which  also includes a spare strap for each model, a screwdriver for changing straps, a certificate of authenticity, and a reproduction of a historical Panerai book. Limited to 500 pieces, the entire set will retail for $20,500.

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The Dive Replica Watches Black List

Should you currently be on the lookout for a “stealthier” or black-on-black dive replica watches for holiday gifting, we have selected nine different models, in different price categories, each with different approaches on how to make a black case. Scroll down to see our selections.

Christopher Ward just recently announced a black-PVD version of its C60 Trident Pro (available in 38-mm or 42-mm sizes) These “Vintage Editions” (pictured here, below left, is Ref. C60-42-AUTO-KVKK-C) are water-resistant to 600 meters and powered by either an SW200 or an ETA 2824.

Black_Divers_Part_1One of the watches we will review for this column in the coming weeks is the 49-mm Oris ProDiver Force Recon GMT (Ref. 01-747-7715-7754, above, center) with a DLC-coated titanium case, 1,000 meter water resistance and a bezel-locking mechanism. It is powered by a SW220-1 and – as its name indicates – offers a second time zone and bears the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance unit’s insignia.

Even though the 47-mm Sinn U212 SE was sold out within days after its presentation in 2015, Germany’s Sinn brand does offer a couple of other cheap Sinn replica watches that are equipped with a black case as well: the 44-mm Sinn U1000 (Ref. 1011.020, above right), for example, comes with a hardened stainless steel case with PVD coating, offers 1,000 meter water resistance and is powered by a Valjoux 7750.

Black_Divers_Part_2Clerc’s Hydroscaph range (pictured here, above left, is the 44-mm Ref. H1-4A.1.6) includes versions with black cases as well: both the 500-meter water-resistant chronograph and the standard automatic model are available with a DLC case and bezel; a more recent version offers a carbon bezel. The base caliber is the ETA 2892, with or without chronograph module.

IWC was a pioneer in the use of black ceramic cases, but the two black chronograph models in the current IWC Aquatimer collection (Editions “Galapagos Islands” and “50 Years Science for Galapagos,” with blue lume) both opt instead for stainless steel cases with matte-black rubber coating. The 44-mm-diameter Ref. 3795 (above center) is water-resistant to 300 meters and equipped with IWC’s chronograph caliber 89365.

The black version of the Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk (Ref. 49960-32-632-FK6A, above right) comes with a 44-mm ceramic case that’s water-resistant to 300 meters (contrast with the steel version’s 1,000-meter water resistance). The watch is powered by the brand’s in-house caliber GP03300, with a power-reserve display at 6 o’clock.

Black_Divers_Part_3In 2015, Blancpain introduced the 43-mm Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe (above left) in a brushed ceramic case (Ref. 5000-0130-NAB A or 5000-0130-B52-A); the Blancpain replica watches uk is water-resistant to 300 meters and powered by Blancpain’s in-house Caliber 1315 (visible thanks to its display caseback), which offers a five-day power reserve. And there’s a chronograph version available as well.

Panerai’s various takes on black cases include examples made with PVD, ceramic, and, since 2015, a composite carbon fiber material: the 47-mm Panerai Luminor 1950 “Carbotech” (Ref. PAM00616, above center) is water resistant to 300 meters and powered by the automatic caliber P.9000. The solid caseback is made of titanium.

Along with the gold and titanium models, Hublot also offers both versions of its massive, 48-mm Hublot Oceanographic (automatic, above right, and chrono) with a case made of carbon. As you will notice, Hublot chose a more traditional carbon fiber look than did Panerai replica watches, but its case is tested to ensure fully 4,000 meters of water resistance.