By TLex Officine Panerai have released another 2500m diving beast! The new Luminor Submersible 1950 2500M 3 Days Automatic Titanio, AKA PAM 364 was released as part of Panerai's 'Special Editions' collection unveiled at SIHH 2013.
The new PAM 364 is Panerai's third model (I believe) with such a depth-rating. Panerai's first 2500m diver was the PAM 194 followed by the PAM 285 in 2009. Despite a name as long as my arm, there's a certain sense of familiarity with the new PAM 364 model.
Officine Panerai have a tradition of combining classic Italian diving heritage (styling) with exceptional performance. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 2500M 3 DAYS Automatic Titanio is no different. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of looks and ability.
It's 47mm case is made of brushed Titanium, a material which combines lightness with the structural robustness required to resist high pressures, external stresses and corrosion making it the perfect a professional instrument for any diver.
Its exceptional water-resistance is ensured by Panerai's trademark device protecting the winding crown, which guarantees it to a depth of 2500 meters. Once again, we see an HEV with the chemical symbol 'He' for Helium on the caseside at eight o'clock enabling helium to escape during decompression after ascending from deep dives, preventing any pressurized gas from potentially damaging the watch.
The unidirectional rotational divers bezel has small markers in relief and a graduated dive-time scale, which enables the length of the dive to be read: it's a design that incorporates Panerai's signature bezel studs, inspired by the legendary Egiziano, a model created in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy.
The further protection is given by a 5.9mm thick domed Sapphire crystal. The dial combines circular and baton shaped hour markers, applied in relief and coated with a luminous material. As are the semi-skeletonized hands, thus ensuring optimum visibility even in the depths of the ocean. There's the all too familiar sight of a sub dial at nine o'clock with a small sweeping seconds hand, whilst the date window is at three o’clock.
The Special Edition Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Automatic is powered by the P.9000 automatic movement, completely designed and made in-house by Officine Panerai in the manufacture in Neuchâtel. Another 'grail' watch too lust after!
Also see the new PANERAI Luminor Submersible AMAGNETIC PAM 389.