This is the ‘Year of the Submersible’ at Panerai. The Italian brand has hived off its professional diving watch models that previously sat under the Luminor model range as a separate family now. Consequently, the new Submersible models will not have ‘Luminor’ mentioned on the dial. A clutch of Submersible models were launched this year to mark this new beginning but our pick is the Submersible 42 mm, a no-nonsense sports watch in a very wearable case size.
Panerai first offered the Submersible in a 42 mm case size in 2017 with the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm (PAM00682). The two new references for 2019 - PAM00683 and PAM00959 – are similar in their construction, both use a 316L brushed stainless steel case fitted with that characteristic bridge protecting the winding crown.
Both cases are fitted with a ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel and is depth-rated to 300 meters. While PAM683 has a black dial and a black ceramic bezel and is fitted with a black rubber strap, PAM959 has a blue ceramic bezel and a blue rubber strap but features a grained grey dial that is inspired by the texture of shark skin.
Both dials feature luminous white markers for optimum legibility and skeletonized hands filled with white SuperLuminova. A date window is placed at 3 o’ clock and a running seconds hand is placed at 9. The seconds hands uses the characteristic Panerai blue color that stands out well on both dials.
Panerai announced last year that they would only use in-house movements in their watches from 2018. The Submersible 42 mm is powered by manufacture caliber OP XXXIV, a self-winding movement based on a ValFleurier ebauche with 72 hours powers reserve and a balance spring that oscillates at 4 Hz (28,800 vph). The Submersible 42 mm is an attractive new diver from the Italian brand and is priced at €9,500.