The familiar Panerai Luminor 1950 case (which is a hefty 47 mm in diameter), developed by Panerai in the late 1940s for Italian Navy commandos, is still quite recognizable here, despite the futuristic case material. It has unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel with markers consisting of small studs, a detail inspired by another Panerai watch created for the Egyptian Navy in 1956. The case has been tested for water-resistance up to 300 meters.
The black dial of the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech has applied hour markers, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a small-seconds subdial, marked by detailing in “Panerai blue,” at 9 o’clock. The screw-down caseback, which helps to ensure the watch’s high level of water-resistance, is in black-treated titanium and engraved with characteristic Panerai elements, including an illustration of the slow-speed torpedo (nicknamed the “pig”) on which Panerai watch-equipped Italian Navy commandos rode during their seagoing missions in the 1940s.
Inside the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech (though, obviously, not visible through the caseback) is Panerai’s P.9000 automatic caliber, developed and manufactured in-house. The movement (13 3⁄4 lignes in diameter), has two spring barrels, which provide a power reserve of three days, and the winding rotor swings in both directions. To ensure accuracy when setting the time, the movement has a device that stops the balance wheel while the hour hand moves forward or backward in increments of one hour, without impeding the progress of the minute hand. The oscillation frequency of the balance is 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic – 47 MM is fitted with a black rubber strap, personalized for the first time with the classic Officine Panerai “OP logo” in the same Panerai blue as the dial details. It will retail for 15,700 euros.