Instantly recognisable, functionally reliable, rugged and drool-worthy?… That’s the new Panerai Submersible for you. Inspired by the history of a brand rooted in the world of the sea, Panerai continues to provide breathtaking innovations year after year. This year was no different.
Let’s dive straight into two of the most spectacular submersible launches at SIHH 2017 earlier this year:
Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio (PAM01305)
This watch has the classic and robust 47 mm Panerai case made from brushed titanium that combines extreme corrosion resistance with great solidity and lightness. It features exceptional underwater readability under all lighting conditions or in the depths of the sea, a unidirectional rotating bezel and is water-resistant to 30 atmospheres. The partly skeletonised, luminescent hands also guarantee excellent visibility even in the darkest corners of the ocean bed.
The movement is updated with calibre P.9010 with two barrels constantly charged by the oscillating weight in both directions, thus ensuring a 3-day power reserve. There is also a special system for regulating the hour hand, which can be moved backwards, and forwards in jumps of exactly one hour, without interfering with the running of the minutes.
Price in Australian Dollars: RRP AUD $12,450
Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanium- 47mm (PAM01389)
The design of this watch also reflects the essential codes of the brand, however, it has been slightly modified. The thickness of the case has been reduced by over 10% compared to the previous version, a result made possible by the introduction of the new P. 9010 calibre.
The watch is highly resistant to magnetic fields due to its inner case of soft iron. It’s the construction which guarantees this extremely high resistance to magnetic fields: 40,000 A/m (ampère/metre), a figure more than eight times greater than that stipulated by international standards (NIHS 90-10). The inner case insulates the movement.
A matt black ceramic disc is applied to the rotating titanium bezel set with studs forming a graduated scale for calculating times of immersion. The bezel only rotates anti- clockwise to avoid accidental shocks interfering with the measurement of the times of immersion.
Another technical feature is the mechanism for stopping the balance wheel when synchronising the watch, and the device for changing the time quickly: the hour hand can be moved forwards or backwards in jumps of one hour, without interfering with the running of the watch. Both these add to the functionality of the watch.
Price in Australian Dollars: RRP AUD $14,950