Panerai Repair Specialists
The hassle-free way to repair your Panerai watch, since 1987.
Accredited Service Centre
Panerai Watch Repair & Service
At JON, we’ve been repairing luxury timepieces to the utmost industry standard since 1987, guaranteeing that your Panerai watch will be exceptionally restored and back to your treasured collection.
Of course, we use only genuine Panerai parts in all of our work, putting in painstaking care to ensure no resource is spent on a less-than-worthy repair.
We respect time – and to ensure your Panerai watch is restored properly and efficiently, we entrust a secure courier that brings an expert watchmaker to you, no matter where you are in the UK.
What’s involved in a
Panerai Watch Service
The watch is broken down and the movement is removed from the case. The bracelet, case, seals and movement are inspected thoroughly to diagnose any issues. We strip the whole movement and the case components.
Every part inside the watch is inspected for wear and anything showing the slightest sign of deterioration is removed and replaced with new parts from the manufacturer. Tolerances inside watches are so fine that even the smallest defect can affect performance.
Once inspected all parts are then put through our ultrasonic cleaner with specialist fluids, which removed old grease from the parts.
After it goes through the cleaning agent and three rinsing agents, it is put through a drying process resulting in a completely clean movement ready for re-assembly and lubricating.
We assemble the movement and fit the dial and hands ensuring everything are aligned and then time test the watch to assure it is performing accurately.
6. Pressure Test
The case is reassembled so it is now a watertight empty case. We then pressure test it to the required bar to ensure there are no leaks.
We then move on to the case and bracelet (if the watch has one) which is cleaned and refurbished if requested. We use various polishing, cutting and grinding wheels to remove any small dints, scratches and imperfections where possible, bringing the watch as close to new condition as possible.
8. Final Testing
Watch is reassembled and time tested for the second time and placed on test for 2-3 days on our workshop simulator which slowly moves the watch round in different positions. This allows us to monitor the watches performance and see if any further adjustments are required.
How We Work
Your watch brought to us using the most trusted Royal Mail Special Delivery
Inspect and diagnose the condition of your watch
Provide a course of repair and value for you
Restore your precious watch to fully operating model specifications
Your watch is back on your wrist performing at its best
Panerai Service Prices
The cost of your watch service depends on numerous variables such as;
- Condition of the movement
- What parts need replaced
- The material your watch is built from
- The age of your watch
- Any additional work you request such as bezel or sapphire crystal replacements.
Once your watch arrives at our workshop, via our free insured courier collection, our master watchmakers get to work creating a diagnostic quote for your approval.
This will break down our recommendations and give you the choice of what work you wish to be carried out on your precious Panerai.
Our pricing is extremely competitive and our goal is to get your watch back on your wrist in the most efficient and cost affective way possible.
The customer care was outstanding and I was kept fully informed at every stage of the process.”
Book Your Watch Repair
Choose a time to book your watch in for repair
We will send you tamper-proof packaging to parcel and send your watch
Your watch is delivered direct to our workshop, fully tracked with up to £20,000 complimentary insurance cover
For insurance purposes you must include your watch case reference and serial number in the “Watch Model” or the “Message” section below
For insurance cover you must email us a picture of the front and back of the watch you are sending in for repair to [email protected]
For insurance cover you must email us a picture of the watch you are sending in for repair sitting inside the packaging that we have sent you to [email protected]
Certified workshop & watchmakers
2 or 4 years limited warranty (T&Cs apply)
Complimentary Royal Mail Special Delivery to us & return to you
More than 30 years experience
Rated 5 star EXCELLENT on Trustpilot
The History of Panerai
Highly sought after by watch aficionados around the world, Officine Panerai is a luxury watchmaking brand with a remarkable history. Offering a limited range of designs, Panerai remains true to its heritage. It produces prime quality timepieces with distinctive, eye-catching appearance, remaining a favourite amongst adventurous individuals who prioritise comfort and functionality.
The story of the brand dates back to 1860, when Giovanni Panerai opened a small shop in Florence, Italy. Aside from selling pocket watches, his business was also the city’s very first watchmaking school. Showing exceptional skill and meticulousness, the brand’s reputation spread across the country.
Unsurprisingly, the company’s fame had also reached the Italian Royal Navy, and prompted them to commission extraordinary durable underwater military equipment from Panerai, in the early years of the twentieth century. The profitable cooperation with the Royal Navy, instantly catalysed the brand to the position of a leader in the field.
By constantly seeking innovation, and employing latest technology, Panerai maintained its vanguard position, and equipped the Navy with the absolute best equipment. A milestone for the company took place following the implementation of radium in its products. After Marie Currie, together with her husband Pierre discovered the particle in 1898, it was widely used across industries.
Panerai was the very first watchmaking brand to use the particle in its pioneering production of luminescent diver’s watches. According to the company’s archives, the prototype of this unique, glow-in-the-dark watch, was manufactured only in ten pieces and distributed to the Italian frogmen commandos in 1936. The prototype of this watch is what was soon to become known as the company’s staple watch – the Radiomir. This remarkable piece of engineering was in fact the very first professional underwater military watch.
When the adverse side effects of radium became publicly known, Panerai faced the difficult question of how to continue producing luminescent waterproof timepieces. Scientific research brought about a less health threatening alternative – tritium. This prompted the launch a new, improved luminescent watch – Luminor, which was launched by the end of the Second World War. Another defining feature of the Luminor watch was its crown-protecting bridge, with reinforced wire lugs created from the same block of steel as the case. This unique appearance served to achieve an increased level of water-resistance. The cushion-shaped case remained closely reminiscent of the earlier, Radiomir model.
Luminescence was the technology which enabled Panerai to decidedly outshine its competitors. It allowed the brand to advance underwater warfare technologies. For example, the pioneering use of radiomir paste was used to illuminate timers for detonators. Apart from that, it was also used for wrist compasses and simply as torches. Until 2009, when the Japanese developed the fluorescent alternative – ‘Luminova’, tritium-based paint was the pain material used in Panerai watches.
What is particularly interesting about the early models of Panerai watches, is the fact that they were assembled by Rolex. When Guido Panerai reached out to Rolex, they joined powers to create exceptionally reliable and durable pieces which could be used in the most challenging conditions. The movements and case of these watches was that of a Rolex Oyster.
Today’s version of Radiomir maintains most of its original features such as the characteristically large, cushion-shape case, luminescent numerals, a hand wound-mechanical movement. The strap commonly used in today’s watches also echoes the original, water resistant strap, long enough to be worn over a diving suit.
When the company’s last descendant – Giuseppe Panerai died in 1972, the company faced an uncertain future. It was then taken over by a retired navy colonel – Dino Zei, who served as CEO until 1997. Zei changed the name of the company to Officine Panerai, and sustained the company’s position as the main supplier of depth gauges, compasses and underwater torches to the Navy.
A significant turning point occurred when the Hollywood movie star – Sylvester Stallone accidentally came across Paranei watches while at a short trip in Rome. Instantly spellbound by the watches, Stallone gave the brand significant spotlight by wearing a Panerai watch in the 1996 movie ‘Daylight’. In return for the unsolicited exposure, a friendship and partnership developed between the actor and the brand. The company has even launched a Panerai Luminor Submersible Slytech collection in his honour.
While the company’s headquarters are still based in Italy, the production has moved to Switzerland in effort to combine Italian heritage with Swiss engineering. Despite this transition, over the years, the brand has stayed true to the quintessential design of its cult models: the Radiomir and the Luminor. With exception to a few occasional limited edition watches, and collectors’ pocket watches, the brand continues to limit its watch production to Radiomir and Luminor models, which have changed very little over decades.
Over its long and rich history, Officine Panerai has evolved, but it never lost sight of what it originally sought out to accomplish. For its loyal commitment to its heritage, It remains a favourite amongst those fond of utilitarian designs, where form and beauty were secondary to their function.