Established in 1939
Replica Panerai Luminor California 8 Days DLC is the latest from the iconic Luminor collection and will be on sale from August 2018. Slightly different from the genuine Luminor, this novelty features a titanium case coated with a black DLC hardening treatment and a "california dial" dial which is distinguished by having in the upper part indices of Roman times while in the lower one the hours are marked by Arabic numerals. This combination recalls the first Officine Panerai Radiomir.
The 44 mm case is not among the largest of the replica Panerai Luminor. Together with the dial expresses a strong total black image. The watch is water resistant to 300 meters.
The strong male personality of the Luminor California 8 Days DLC is highlighted by a thick tobacco-colored leather strap. This is a "Bund" strap used by German air pilots during the Second World War.
How is a Bund strap made and what is it for?
Recognizable, a Bund strap consists of two or three elements. All these models share a leather back cover called the Bund. Above this is mounted a classic leather strap with ansette to anchor to the replica watches.
the Germans thought of an additional layer of skin under the case back to increase comfort. Furthermore, this served to reduce any allergic phenomena that could arise for the long time that the pilot replica watches remained connected.
The Bund was also useful at high altitudes where the temperature dropped a lot; the extra skin layer prevented the metal from freezing on the skin. A last advantage of the Bund strap is its ability to absorb sweat; the first wrist watches were not very resistant to water so the sweat could easily enter through the back and ruin the movement mechanisms.