Officine Panerai came into being in 1860 in Florence when Giovanni Panerai opened his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte alle Grazie, an establishment which served as shop, workshop and the city’s first watchmaking school. Panerai is what is considered a watch manufacture, meaning that its timepieces are equipped with in-house mechanisms that it itself produces in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
In subsequent years, the brand became an official supplier to the Royal Italian Navy, providing it with precision instruments such as its famous Radiomir and Luminor models used by Italian frogman commandos.
In 2021, Panerai’s collection of professional diving watches is being expanded with two new stainless steel models fitted with a ceramic disc on the rotating bezel that gives these new creations a sporty, powerful, contemporary look.
The two new Panerai Submersible models, which express all the power and personality of the brand’s professional diving watches, come with 42 mm cases, a size that remains true to Panerai’s DNA while being suitable for any wrist size.
The two new models are fitted with the OP XXXIV manufacture calibre, an automatic movement with a three-day power reserve, the company’s basic standard. Both watches have an AISI 316L stainless steel case incorporating the iconic crown guard and a unidirectional rotating bezel to display dive times. They are also both water resistant to 300 metres.
The difference between the two new Submersible models lies in the colour schemes. The first, which is available at Geneve shops, combines the elegance of a blue ceramic disc around the dial and a blue rubber strap with the distinctively textured grey dial.
Meanwhile, the second features a dial, ceramic disc on the rotating bezel and rubber strap all in black and adorned with luminous white markers that are clearly legible in all lighting conditions and in complete darkness.
On both models, the small seconds hand, an essential feature for ensuring that the watch is running during a dive, is Panerai blue and rotates in the sub-dial located at 9 o’clock, balancing out the date window at 3 o’clock.