Watches and water usually don’t mix. Even “waterproof” ones have their limits. But, Officine Panerai watches are not only safe for water… they want you to jump right in. This year, Panerai has teamed up with the 2017 America’s Cup, bringing two legends of the sea together.
Instead of building a watch, and then making it waterproof, Panerai watches looked to the ocean for inspiration from the beginning. Giovani Panerai, the company’s founding father, was contracted to build ship clocks for the Royal Italian Navy throughout the 19th century. As the Italian Navy began doing more work underwater, Panerai developed precision instruments designed to be submerged for extended periods of time. This included depth gauges, wrist compasses, and timers for detonators. Panerai even developed luminescent materials for these instruments that made them glow at dark depths.