Watches with the winding crown at 9 o’clock, on the left side of the case, have been part of the history of Officine Panerai since the 1940s, when the first models with this feature were created for the commandos of the Italian Navy. Ideal for wearing on the right wrist, these watches were the perfect answer to the needs of the commandos who also had to wear other instruments on their wrist, in particular the compass and depth gauge. These models are still much appreciated by everyone who prefers to wear the watch on the right wrist or who relishes having a watch with a fascinating story behind it, like all Panerai watches.
The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Left-handed has the winding crown on the left, protected by the iconic lever device which distinguishes all Luminor and Luminor 1950 models, and this detail is fitted to an imposing titanium case 47 mm in diameter. Thanks to a special rotating bezel, the design of which was inspired by the model created for the Egyptian Navy in the 1950s, the watch is a perfect instrument for underwater diving: the bezel enables the time of immersion to be calculated and, to ensure maximum safety, it only rotates anti-clockwise. On the screw back is the engraving of a human torpedo (Siluro a Lenta Corsa or slow-speed torpedo), the underwater vessel created by the Navy so that commandos could carry out their missions with maximum ease and efficiency. The water-resistance is guaranteed to 30 atmospheres (a depth of about 300 metres).