If you know your history, you’d know that watches didn’t start off by sitting pretty on wrists. Gentlemen wore what we know today as pocket luxury copy watches, which saw the timekeepers being attached to end of long Albert chains and kept snugly within coat pockets. Anything small enough to be worn on the wrist were regarded to be less precise and more prone to damage.
Embodying the design and utility inspired by the original Luminor 1950 that was worn by commandos, this 47mm Panerai Luminor Submersible replica watch comes paired with a rippled “accordion” rubber strap that was made to stretch over a wetsuit, although it still looks just as good out of the water. The highly precise watch is driven by the widely lauded calibre P.9010 automatic movement, and sees a brushed titanium case that’s been made to withstand corrosion and external shocks, with a water resistance of up to 30 bar.
As a waterproof, lightweight, and comfortable option, it’s easy to see how rubber straps became a top choice for diving watches, and — by virtue of the genre’s booming popularity today — a respected smart-casual choice too. We’re particularly fond of black rubber strap replica Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm.
Beyond aquatic-based entertainment, they’re also good for people who sweat profusely and who have no qualms about exercising with a S$20,000 watch. They’re much easier to wash than bracelet and leather straps, and won’t smell over time.