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Test: Panerai Luminor Daylight Chrono 196

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This test is dedicated to my friends Takashi who had lent me this watch to write an article on it and Stephane who has probably the most beautifully modified example.

Officine Panerai, formerly known as Guido Panerai & Figlio, has always rather been an engineering company than a horological one which is explainable by its roots. Building equipment for military purpose only, the demand of the Italian Navy was reduced dramatically after the fall of the iron curtain. The brand, until then only producing a few but precisely crafted instruments for specialists, had to rethink their policy. They introduced a single huge Radiomir model limited to 1000 pieces, a civilian version, to the Italian public in 1993. It did not really take off the way the OP had hoped, but it had the huge fortune that Sylvester Stallone accidentally discovered it during his stay in Florence for his “Daylight” motion picture. Stallone has a problem with his sight and of course was stunned by the great legibility due to the giant dial and a lot of luminous material. Luckily, Stallone also has the wrist to wear such a large watch – keep in mind that OP really is the trendsetter in huge sportswatches. Back then nobody was used to sizes bigger than a Rolex sportswatch, 40mm was the maximum.

So, after shooting successfully his “Daylight” movie, John Rambo – erm, Sylvester Stallone – returned to the States and soon asked OP to produce a few hundred of these watches for his personal friends (for marketing reasons is my guess) with the “Daylight” writing on the dial and his engraved signature on the casback. Somehow one of these watches got on the desk of Johann Rupert. He liked the watch a lot and was impressed by its design, size and its uniqueness. And, as he is incidentally CEO and majoritarian owner of the Richemont- formerly known as V

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Top review of a top watch. My 7753 196 with The Zigmeister lume is possibly my favourite watch :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for your great review.

I feel so lucky being with this forum!!

Athan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once again .... AMAZING REVIEW mate

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Thanks again for your wonderfull work B.

Regards

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Most Excellent Review Sir, and there goes another one on to the list of ones to buy.

Will it ever stop???

Please keep up the good work

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SD as allways setting the standards for watch reviews.... thanks.

My 196 was my second ever PAM rep.... back in the ol' days...

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Superb review, very good info, thank you!

At risk of sounding stupid - you mentioned replacing the rotor?

What type of rotor and how would that help?

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you all for your kind words.

It is great to participate in this community!

 

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I am also most curious about this. As it passed 50m without any problems I think it has good chances.

Will let you know, soon.

The rotor bearing is too loose and not so good anymore. The rotor turns up and down and will start rubbing against the caseback, soon. You can solve this by simply exchanging the damaged parts during a service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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excellent review again, my friend

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You really take reviews to a new and much higher level. It's a great read... and very informative! Thanx so much for doing this and taking the time to share it with us

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PS. i love your sense of humor in details

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Awesome review, awesome photography, and a truly awesome watch behind it all, a definitel must have for my collection. Kudos, gentlemen, this review is a true masterpiece

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