First unveiled at SIHH 2013, this new model of the Luminor Submersible collection has two new features that differentiate it from the other pieces of the series, enriching in the same time this great collection that becomes more and more versatile and updated.
The 47mm case is made of brushed titanium, practically the perfect choice if we think about the amount of pressure accumulated at 300 m depth. A lever bridge locks the winding crown. The bezel is also in titanium and keeps the anti-clockwise rotation as a characteristic of the Panerai Luminor 1950 collection (preventing any accidental movement), but also the coin-edging and the studs – design particularities kept from Egiziano, a Panerai used by the Egyptian Navy. No wonder Panerai is the best source for outstanding pieces and it looks like the myth of the perfect submersible watch is actually real, as this model succeeds to blend the technological innovation with a clean design, the perfect combo for a reliable diver’s watch.
As a first, the bezel has a black ceramic inlay, not shinny and glossy as you may expect, but matte and brushed, matching so nice with the brushed titanium case and contributing to the futuristic impression of the design.
As you may guess from it’s name, this piece’s automatic mechanical P.9000 calibre is actually shielded by an iron case that, along with the dial (made also from iron) form a Faraday cage that isolates the movement and diverts the magnetic field. The purpose of this cage is to protect the watch up to 40,000 Ampere per meter, but also to protect it from more usual magnetic fields such as the ones from our cell phones or computers. And you know that you are in the possession of a true diver watch once it has a movement protected as all the ISO and NIHS requirements ask to.
There are also other elements that contribute to this watch reputation for accurate timekeeping under water, such as the calculation of immersion time due to the graduated scale of the bezel, or the luminous hour markers and hands assuring great legibility. It also has a 3 days power reserve. The date window is displayed at 3 o’clock and the small seconds sub counter is positioned at 9 o’clock. The face of it is simple and practical, a delight for those who appreciate e clean look and an outstanding performance.The dial is covered with in sapphire crystal while the case back is screw in type, made from titanium.
This model comes with a black rubber strap and a brushed titanium buckle, but you also receive an extra one (getting to chose your preferred material) , a screwdriver and a special tool to change the straps.
Nothing is overlooked and every detail is carefully accomplished, and purchasing it is not a dizzying choice. It’s a natural one, because this model steals the spotlight, even in the overcrowded watch market of our days. It stand out for excellence in diver’s watchmaking, it’s old and recent history acting like the perfect proof.