Scuba dive in style
It’s not often that functionality and fashion go hand-in-hand, but the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanium watch seems to have married the two rather successfully. The latest version of the first anti-magnetic submersible timepiece produced by Panerai, this watch comes adorned with a new movement, a sleek, modified design and two different versions to choose from.
Using a P.9010 automatic calibre, this watch doesn’t just look great but it also has an impressive power reserve of three days. Don’t worry though, the time remaining is clearly visible through the sapphire crystal back in order to make sure you don’t lose track of your time underwater. Or drown.
Not only that but the P.9010 automatic movement also comes with two other very useful functions: a mechanism for stopping the balance wheel when synchronising the watch, and a device for changing the time quickly. The hour hand can likewise be moved forwards or backwards in jumps of one hour without interfering with the running of the watch. These may all sound like menial details but when you’re surrounded by the great unknown of the deep blue sea you’ll likely be thankful for the watch’s simplicity.
LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC ACCIAIO
Following the classic Panerai Submersible design, the Automatic Acciaio Luminor 1950 case is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating the time of immersion and a lever device to protect the winding crown. The black dial has the usual applied index marker with the date at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. All the elements on the dial are clear and perfectly legible against the black background giving the piece a crisp, clean look. The legibility is extremely high under normal lighting conditions as well as in the dark, thanks to the Super- LumiNova® used on the hands and graduated scale. At night – or, y’know, underwater – the minute hand and the stud on the bezel at 12 o’clock also glow with a bright blue colour rather than the traditional fluorescent green of all the other markers, so that there is always a clear, unmistakable point of reference for calculating the times of immersion.
Known as the Oro Rosso, the red gold model, which is a bit more flash but not any less functional, has a distinct rotating bezel with a matt black ceramic disc which, in conjunction with the graduated scale, also enables the time of immersion to be calculated. The black rubber strap, closed by a trapezoid buckle made of the same material as the case, finishes off the watch as an accessory guaranteed to look suave both above and below the water’s surface.