Panerai 42mm Submersible

In 1949 Panerai introduced a new self-luminous substance called Luminor which not only safer than radium-based Radiomir but also more luminous. The evolution from Radiomir to Luminor was completed in the fifties with the invention of the signature crown-protecting device which was patented in Italy in 1955. The patent application for a “Tight Seal Device” was filed by Giuseppe and Maria Giuseppe Panerai. 1993 is a milestone in the history of Panerai, because the brand presented its most iconic Luminor collection to the public. Before then, Panerai watches had only been available to military forces. In 1995, a popular actor Sylvester Stallone noticed Panerai watch and liked it so much that he requested for a special edition to be used during the shooting of the underwater scenes in the movie Daylight. Therefore, Panerai produced the Luminor Submersible, featuring a black dial with small seconds at 9 o’clock and two designations: Luminor Submersible at 12 o’clock and Sly tech (Sly is short for Slyvester) Panerai at 6 o’clock. Later, Stallone requested a new edition with white dial named Daylight. All these watches have the actor’s signature engraved on the watch back.


Today, Panerai presents the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic with a 42mm stainless steel (Acciaio) or red gold (Oro Rosso) case with black dial and black ceramic disk on the rotating bezel. These are the first Panerai Submersible models with case diameter of 42mm. Supplied with the P9010 automatic caliber, the watch offers a power reserve of three days (72 hours) and water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters (10 bar).