Panerai‘s newest Luminor Submersible model debuts a new technological innovation for the brand: a special case construction that ensures a high level of resistance to the magnetic fields, omnipresent in everyday life, that can disrupt or even stop a watch’s movement.The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio-47 mm (referred to more succinctly as the PAM00389) has a specially designed internal case made of soft iron, which encloses and isolates the movement, forming a Faraday cage that diverts the flow of magnetic fields. This construction provides an impressive degree of magnetic resistance: 40,000 A/m (amperes per meter), a limit more than eight times greater than the value specified by international standards. The soft iron case is immediately beneath the dial, which is made of the same material. (As many fans of IWC know, that brand also uses a type of soft iron inner-case construction in some of its Pilot watches.)
Our watches are exposed to magnetic fields on a daily basis in today’s electronic-technology-laden world, mostly emanating from the electric currents of common items like household appliances, computers, and cell phones. Panerai says that this watch’s movement will be virtually impervious to the potentially rate-altering effects of these fields.
The outer case, made of brushed titanium, is in the classic Luminor Submersible style, with the trademark crown-locking lever bridge, which helps to achieve the watch’s water-resistance of 300 meters. The unidirectional rotating bezel, also made of titanium, has another feature used for the first time on a Panerai watch: an applied disk of opaque black ceramic, on which the linear and dot-shaped titanium markers are fixed. The applied hour markers on the black dial are coated with Super-LumiNova.
The movement is Panerai’s P.9000, made in-house at the brand’s manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, which features automatic winding, two spring barrels providing a power reserve of three days, and an easy-to-use system for setting the time and date by moving the hour hand backward and forward in one-hour increments. The watch is finished off by a wide rubber strap with a trapezoidal buckle of brushed titanium; it also comes with a spare strap and a tool to replace it. The watch is priced at $12,400 and is available at Officine Panerai Boutiques.
Movement: Panerai P.9000, automatic; 13 3⁄4 lignes; 7.9 mm thick; 28 jewels; Glucydur balance; 28,800 vph; Incabloc shock protection; 3 days power reserve in two barrels; 197 components
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of dive time
Case and strap: 47-mm brushed titanium case; counterclockwise, unidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic and brushed titanium with polished edges and graduated scale for calculating dive times; screwed titanium caseback; trademarked crown protector in brushed titanium; sapphire crystal, 3.2 mm thick, with nonreflective coating; water-resistant to 300 meters; on rubber strap with brushed titanium buckle
Dial and hands: Black dial with applied luminous hour markers; date at 3 o’clock, small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock
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