Two are the elements that make from this watch a valuable and desirable timepiece to own. The first one is that it breaks the patterns of the usual Panerai watch through the absence of the number 12 hour marker (a detail specific to most of Panerai watches), replaced here by two simple baton style markers. The second one is that it houses the P9000 calibre, an in-house automatic movement released for the first time at SIHH, in 2009. And by any standards, this caliber that works with 28 jewels and offers a power reserve of 3 days, will be acknowledge as one that has high standards regarding the precision and reliability.
Not surprisingly for a diver’s watch, the 47mm case is made of brushed titanium and when it comes to the design, Panerai likes to keep it simple and clean. On the black dial, two big hands point to the hour markers. The small seconds sub counter is positioned at 9 o’clock and the date aperture at 3 o’clock. These elements create a nice symmetry and considering that the hands, the hour markers and dots are luminous, one condition of every diver watch is accomplished: great legibility even at 300 m depth. And if there is a supreme diver’s watch in the world, it definitively signed Officine Panerai, if we only think about the brand’s history in submersible watchmaking for the Italian Navy, an historical fact from which this experience in building watches that offer a great diving experience has only enriched and grown in order to provide us more and more professional timepieces. It complies with all the ISO 6425 diver’s watches international requirements.
The ultra-functional anti-clockwise rotating bezel is also made from brushed titanium and has polished edges. It’s easy manipulate with diving gloves. The graduated scale has minute marks to 15 minutes, which is actually a good choice because the bezel isn’t to crowded and allows a quicker use and a better legibility. Minimal deign features mean maximum efficiency; this looks to be the guiding line for Panerai.
Because of the neat edges and a fluid shape, the size doesn’t show and with the lugs that let you fit the bracelet on the wrist, this piece turns to be a comfortable choice, regardless of your wrist measurements.
Another novelty is the see-through sapphire crystal case back, a nice touch for a submersible watch, allowing you to admire the high-tech calibre.
When it comes to strap choices, you have two options: the black rubber one, suitable for casual occasions, or the deep sea diving one. The brushed titanium tang buckle let you make the change effortless. Pretty nice to have a strap choice to a submersible piece, but, once again, the credentials of this luxury watchmaking brand are rock solid, so no wonder they think of all details.
This Luminor model has what it takes to be a perfect dive watch, functional, reliable and easy to use. It successfully fuses the clean look with a great calibre and it’s signed by a brand that really understand what flawless execution means.