The conjunction one of the most classic Panerai models and an aesthetic which pays tribute to the America’s Cup has resulted in the Official Watch of the 35th edition of the oldest sports competition in the modern world: the Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic, a Special Edition of 300 units. It is a creation of great simplicity, minimalist in design and fundamental in function, with characteristics which make it a perfect watch for use at sea.
The case of the Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic, inspired by that historically created by Panerai for the commandos of the Italian Navy, is made from AISI 316L stainless steel, as is the lever device protecting the crown, on which it exercises a light pressure, protecting it from accidental shocks and helping to guarantee water-resistance to the very high limit of 30 bars (about 300 metres).
The polished bezel surrounds a classic Panerai black dial with its sandwich structure, on which the large luminous linear markers and figures, the date at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock are all perfectly legible, even under conditions of little or no light. At 6 o’clock the phrase AMERICA’S CUP is printed in blue, and with the red of the seconds hand and the white of the other indications on the dial, it immediately recalls the colours of the logo of the celebrated competition. The official logo of the America’s Cup appears in relief on the solid steel screw back.
Inside the Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic is the P.9010 automatic movement with a power reserve of three days, made entirely in the Panerai Manufacture at Neuchâtel. The energy needed to accumulate the power reserve of three days – the base standard for Panerai in-house movements – is stored in two barrels whose springs are wound by a bidirectional oscillating weight.
The balance, fixed by a bridge with twin supports, oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and it is associated with a stopping device which is activated the moment that the winding crown is pulled out, in order to synchronise the time with a reference signal. The time can be conveniently adjusted without interfering with the running of the watch, thanks to the device which moves only the relative hand, in jumps of one hour forwards or backwards.
The black strap of the Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic (PAM00727), made of natural untreated leather, is personalised to express the spirit of the America’s Cup: it has the logo of the competition heat-embossed on both sides and it is finished with double sewing in contrasting blue and red threads.
Model: Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm
Automatic mechanical, P.9010 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai
Power reserve: 72H
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
44 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel
Water-resistance: 30 bar (~300 metres)
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers
Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock