The Panerai Submersible watch is a robust and highly capable timepiece, whether you’re actually using it for diving, or taking it with you on any type of adventure. Originally part of the Luminor line, the Submersible became a stand-alone line in 2019 and quickly became a favorite among collectors and enthusiasts alike. This article will teach you how to use your timepiece — from setting the time and date to calculating your diving time.
Panerai’s Submersible collection was first introduced in 1998 as a line of “true divers” with rotating bezels and impressive depth ratings. The Submersibles under the new stand-alone collection feature skeleton hands on the dial, which makes them easier to read underwater and at night. They also come with a rotating bezel that can be used to monitor immersion time and water resistance up to 300 meters (about 1,000 feet).
Ready to dive in with your Panerai Submersible? Here’s a step by step guide:
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Calculating the Diving Time
The first thing to understand about the Panerai watch is that time is calculated in minutes. This can be a little confusing at first but it’s actually very simple once you get used to it.
The second thing to know is that using your rotating bezel, you can mark when you start your dive and then use the rotating bezel as an easy way of determining how long you’ve been underwater without having to do any math!
To calculate how long your dive was:
- Line up the luminous index on your bezel with the minute hand when you start your dive (this will give you your starting point)
- As you dive, a quick glance at the minute hand and where it points on the bezel will give you the minutes you’ve spent underwater. It’s that simple.
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Setting the Date
1. First, you will need to open the lever that protects your winding crown.
2. Next, pull out your winding crown until it reaches its second position (about halfway). Then turn it counterclockwise until the hands of your watch reach 12 o’clock. If the date changes then your watch just passed midnight, if not then you’re midday. If at midday, then continue moving the hands until the date changes. At this point, your watch is set to morning hours and you should adjust the time accordingly.
3. To quickly change the date with confidence (especially if you know your watch is accurately reflecting the current hour) shift the crown to the first position, or the first click. In this position, you can turn the crown clockwise. Each turn will advance the date by one day.
4. Make sure to push the crown back into the locked position and replace the protective lever when you’re finished.
In order to not damage your watch and its inner workings, never adjust the date between the hours of 10:30 pm and 1:30 am.
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Setting the Time
Once again, you will need to open the protective lever over the crown.
1. Pull your crown to 2nd position. This position will allow you to rotate it clockwise until your watch shows the correct time.
2. Push the crown back in and secure the protective lever.
How to Use Your Panerai Submersible Watch: Final Thoughts
Whether you’re a serious Panerai collector or just want a highly functional timepiece that looks good on your wrist, these tips will help keep your Panerai Submersible watch running smoothly.
There are many great reasons to get yourself a Panerai Submersible watch. These dive watches are easy to operate with their rotating bezel. The luminous paint on the bezel and the watch face can be seen in low-light conditions, making the watch perfect for your next underwater excursion. The protective lever over the crown makes sure the case remains waterproof, making it the perfect companion for any adventure.
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