Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Many years ago, when I wrote my first article about a watch, the watch I wrote about was a Panerai. Over the past decade, Panerai has grown and iterated but the root of my appreciation, that instantly recognizable Italian diver aesthetic, has remained as their calling card. Despite the fact that I did, and still do, love the Panerai look, they almost always prove to be too big for my wrist. Last week, as I scanned a collection of large and larger new Panerai watches at SIHH, I was thrilled to see this comparatively miniature marvel, the new 42mm Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic watch in both steel and gold.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Reference PAM00682, aka the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback Replica Replica Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm, takes all of the burly appeal of the 47mm Submersible (such as the Bronzo PAM 671 we also recently saw at SIHH) and trims off a whopping 5mm. For me, and I think for many others who may be “benched” Panerai fans, that 5mm makes a world of difference. This is not the first 42mm Panerai, but it is the first 42mm Submersible, and it opens up the line to a wider (possibly underserved) audience. The Submersible is not Panerai’s bread and butter, but rather their more niche dive watch, making the choice to go 42mm even more interesting. Perhaps this is a test? A way of gauging the actual response for a smaller sporty Panerai?

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Available in steel (the aforementioned PAM00682) or rose gold (the PAM00684), the steel version has a brushed steel bezel while the Oro Rosso features a black ceramic insert. The usual Panerai Luminor crown guard is in place, water resistance is 300m for the steel and 100m for the rose gold, and either model comes fitted to a 22mm black Caoutchouc rubber strap.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Safely housed inside its chunky case, we find Panerai’s P.9010 movement. This automatic 4Hz movement sports twin barrels to provide 72 hours of power reserve. Being a base Submersible, the P.9010 needs only offer hours, minutes, sub-seconds at nine, and a date display at three. The case back is of the display variety, allowing a view of the manufacture movement within.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

On my seven-inch wrist, the 42mm Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Titanium L.E Replica Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic feels great. It’s fun, special, and a dead-on translation of the form into a smaller footprint. The rubber strap is excellent and legibility is, obviously, very good. I especially enjoy the small pop of blue provided by the sub-seconds hand on the steel Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM682. If gold is more your thing, it’s hard to beat the contrast of the gold case alongside the combo of the black dial and ceramic bezel. The lugs are drilled and use screws to mount the strap, so leather or a NATO should be of little difficulty.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

As niche as the Panerai Luminor Submersible Amagnetic Pam 389 Price Replica Luminor Submersible may be, I can’t decide if these 42mm models are more niche (as they may upset the already satiated Submersible crowd) or less niche (as they connect the Submersible to a new, wider audience). In considering both sides of that argument, I came to the conclusion that I don’t really care. I just know that I really love this little Sub.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio & Oro Rosso 42mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Priced from US $8,700 in steel to $26,700 in rose gold, these prices will surprise no one familiar with modern Panerai. Panerai has priced the Submersible right alongside the steel Rolex Submariner, and it’s not hard to see why. Both are steel 300m dive watches with quality movements at an everyday size that should work for most wrists. I think ultimately this will come down to your general appreciation for the Panerai look. If you’re on board for the style but have always felt there wasn’t a Submersible for your wrist, this is the one. panerai.com

At $8,700, it is resolutely a lavish and an undeniably pricey watch. To its credit, I think that the PAM 682 is not as appealing, presuming you dig the Panerai cosmetic. If so, the 42mm Submersible’s market look and more accessible sizing make for a casual, easy sporting, and very enjoyable spin on timeless Panerai fare.The Luminor 1950 instance was developed by Panerai in the late 1940s to be worn out by commandos of the Italian Navy and can be inspired by a version made in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy. From that came the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 47 mm, an expert 300-meter divers watch, which until this season was just available in ceramic. For 2015, Panerai introduced exactly the exact same version in a new high-tech substance named Carbotech. I recently had the opportunity to assess this distinctive-looking watch. Continue reading for the results.The new Carbotech material is designed to enhance both the aesthetics and performance of the case. According to Panerai, it’s both lighter and more durable than ceramic or ceramic, as well as being hypoallergenic. No two cases are the same thanks to each layer being compressed in a non-uniform pattern, therefore in addition to performance benefits, each piece is visually unique to the individual owner.A black dial with a matte finish perfectly harmonizes with all the surfaces of the Carbotech instance, which are also completely matte. Large, applied luminous dots indicate the hours, with the exception of published luminous Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock.

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