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INTRODUCING: Panerai’s limited-edition Navy SEALs collection

Panerai customers rappelling from a helicopter during the Navy SEALs Expererience.

Originally limited to the USA, the second series of five watches includes a cool Experience Edition.

Panerai’s military beginnings are well-known, but its association with the US Navy is less clearly chronicled. In 1953, the brand’s exclusive contract with the Italian Navy ended and Panerai’s watches became available to the public. That same year, it began creating timepieces for the US Navy, an association that it revived in September 2022 with the Elite Military Force, the United States Navy, Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) teams.  

The Panerai Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition for 2022.
The Panerai Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition for 2022.

Last year’s launches were exclusive to the US market and included two GMT models as well as a Submersible Special Operations Experience Edition, with a multi-day experience joining retired Navy SEALs on a training and rescue mission. For Singaporeans or the Swiss, if you wanted to relive a more extreme version of your conscription days, this would be the ultimate watch to get.  

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Panerai’s first partnership with the US Navy and it’s launched five additional models for the Navy SEALs collection that will be available internationally. The collection comprises a time-and-date model, a GMT watch, and three chronographs, one of which is an Experience Edition watch. The watches are all housed in Luminor or Submersible cases, which are designed for rugged use.  

The Panerai PAM01412 Luminor Marina Navy SEALs comes in Brunito steel.
The Panerai PAM01412 Luminor Marina Navy SEALs comes in Brunito steel.

The Regular Editions 

The PAM01412 Luminor Marina Navy SEALs has a Brunito steel case, which is a PVD-coated case that looks weathered or distressed. The 44mm case has a brushed finish all over and a gradient military green sandwich dial. Water resistant to 300 metres, it houses the P.9010 calibre with a 3-day power reserve with twin barrels. For comfort and durability, it comes with a moulded rubber strap bearing the brand’s logo. It’s limited to 862 pieces globally.  

The Panerai PAM01323 Submersible BiTempo Navy SEALs watch features an engraving of the Navy SEALs logo on the back of the watch.
The Panerai PAM01323 Submersible BiTempo Navy SEALs watch features an engraving of the Navy SEALs logo on the back of the watch.

The Submersible BiTempo Navy SEALs PAM01323 is a 44mm GMT model that has a brushed steel case and diving bezel housing the P.900/GMT calibre under a gradient grey dial. The dive model does away with the sandwich dial and opts for luminous hour markers and dots, including a bead on the bezel at 12 o’clock. The small seconds display at 9 o’clock is styled like a radar, with a date window at 3 o’clock and a central orange GMT arrow hand. The watch has a 3-day power reserve and is matched with a textured rubber strap. It’s restricted to 500 pieces.  

The Panerai PAM01409 Luminor Chrono Navy SEALs comes in Brunito steel.
The Panerai PAM01409 Luminor Chrono Navy SEALs comes in Brunito steel.

The Luminor Chrono Navy SEALs comes in two executions: the PAM01409 is in brushed Brunito steel while the PAM01419 comes in a Carbotech case. There are some differences between the two in terms of design. The PAM01409 has a slimmer bezel with a tachymeter on the black inner bezel, which blends into a gradient anthracite sandwich dial with two small counters for the small seconds and 30-minute totaliser at 9 and 3 o’clock. The chronograph functions are tipped in orange.  

The Panerai PAM01419 Luminor Chrono Carbotech Navy SEALs is housed in a lightweight Carbotech case.
The Panerai PAM01419 Luminor Chrono Carbotech Navy SEALs is housed in a lightweight Carbotech case.

The PAM01419 has a wider bezel that angles sharply into the tachymeter display on the inner bezel ring, but it shares the same details as its steel counterpart. The all-black Carbotech case is much lighter and looks even more austere and rugged. The caseback of this watch is in black DLC-coated titanium, as is the buckle. The two models are powered by the self-winding P.9200 calibre which has a 42-hour power reserve. They are both water-resistant to 100 metres. The PAM01409 is limited to 562 pieces, and the PAM01419 to 462 pieces.  

The Panerai PAM01402 Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition for 2023.
The Panerai PAM01402 Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition for 2023.

The Navy SEAL Experience 

Of course, the hero timepiece is the Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition. This special model comes in a Brunito steel case and titanium bezel which is fitted with a military green ceramic insert. What’s different about this watch is the addition of a countdown or “Time to Target” function, set using a pusher at four o’clock. As a result the configuration of the display on the massive 47mm case differs from other chronographs.  

Two central chronograph hands indicate the seconds (in orange) and minutes (in green), with a 12-hour totaliser at 3 o’clock and small seconds display at 9. The hour indexes are also enlarged in green, with an orange “Time to Target” counter on the left of the dial. The watch is water resistant to 300 metres of pressure and runs on the P.9100/R calibre with twin barrels and 72 hours of autonomy.  

A participant from last year's immersive experience seen here wearing the Panerai Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition from 2022.
A participant from last year's immersive experience seen here wearing the Panerai Submersible Chrono Navy SEALs Experience Edition from 2022.

The 50-piece limited edition watch comes with a multi-day Special Operations Experience where you will undergo tactical exercises and training programmes to challenge yourself physically and mentally. For all bootcamp lovers, this is the watch to get. The watch also comes with an NFT that includes information on your experience, watch details, a warranty and artwork created by the Panerai Studio. 

The watches start from S$14,300 for the PAM01412 to S$89,900 for the PAM01402. They are available at Panerai’s boutiques; head to a store to try them on for yourself.  

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.