Officine Panerai may trace its roots way back to the 1860s — and its modern collection, to the iconic pieces it developed for the Italian Navy in the 1930s — but the Florence-based, Swiss-made best watches for under 1000 brand has officially embraced the digital age, announcing this week its first “e-commerce first” watch — the new Panerai Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio – 44mm, limited to 100 pieces and offered to online customers in Panerai’s e-boutique.
Manufactured at Panerai’s manufacture in Neuchâtel, the Luminor Submersible is the company’s most professional-grade divers’ best watches below 10000 — water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters, with a unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating dive times. (Panerai’s other main collections, the Luminor and Radiomir, while replicating the design of watches made of Italian navy frogmen of the 1930s and ’40s, are not equipped with the latter feature, regarded as a requirement on modern watches for diving.) The watch’s 44-mm case is made of AISI 316L stainless steel and features the patented, lever-like crown-locking device that secures the screw-down crown and ensures the case’s water-resistance.
The breitling energy ’s dial is a deep blue color, with applied hour markers (including applied Arabic numerals at “12” and “6”) and hands treated with a bright green Super-LumiNova for maximum low-light (or deep underwater) legibility. Above the dial is a domed sapphire crystal that features a magnifying lens over the date window at 3 o’clock. Directly across from the date display at 9 o’clock is a small seconds subdial, also with green Super-LumiNova accents, that lets the wearer know at a quick and easy glance, even in darkness, if the watch is functioning. Inside the case is Panerai’s self-winding OP XXX caliber, providing a 50-hour power reserve after being fully wound. A set of blocky, curved lugs attach the watch to its black rubber strap, which is designed to be easily swapped out with the additional strap provided with each watch.
Available online now at www.panerai.com, the Panerai Luminor Submersible Acciaio – 44 mm (Ref. PAM00731) is priced at $7,200. After the first 30 pieces are sold online, Panerai says, remaining orders will be taken over the phone at 877-726-3724.