About “Submersible Series” from Panerai Watches

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© Erwan Grey

FROM THE DEPHTS OF THE SEA (INTRODUCTION OF HIS HISTORY)

It was on a day sometime in March 1936 that the the Royal Italian Navy chose Officine Panerai’s Radiomir for the missions of its frogmencommandos. This new watch was the first professional military underwater watch in history. It combined water-resistance with another feature which made it truly unique in its field: the powerful luminosity in the dark, which meant that the dial was perfectly legible even in the most extreme underwater conditions in which the Italian frogmen operated. This watch is defined in military records as the “Radiomir”, a name identifying the model of the watch, but which was actually the original name of the self-luminous paste developed by Panerai to coat the figures and hands of its watches.

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