You know me and Panerais: I love the look, but I think it’s played out. Take a look at this wild-looking Panerai prototype made in 1984.
The brand didn’t take off until the 1990s but before then Panerai made instruments for the Italian Navy. In the early 1980s, an engineer unearthed old plans for an original Panerai and built a prototype. The brand didn’t take off until Japanese collectors started clamoring for original Panerais and the company saw an opening. The rest, as they say, is wildly overpriced history.