In 1956, per the request of the Egyptian Navy, Panerai created a large Radiomir watch with an Angelus movement with 8-day power reserve and a rotating bezel with 5-minute intervals to calculate immersion times. For other Mediterranean Navies, Panerai makes limited production runs of approximately thirty pieces each.
In the same year the patent is granted in Italy for the device protecting the winding crown, which clamps it in position and ensures the water-resistance of the watch. This device will be patented in the U.S.A. in 1960″
Today, this watch is known as the Panerai LuminorSubmersible. This is Panerais answer to the iconic Rolex Submariner.
I am proud to say for the first time in 12 years, Panerai has just released a Submersible that I would actually wear.
The new Panerai PAM00389 boasts alarge 47 mm titanium 1950 case with an anti magnetic self-winding in-house 3 day automatic movement. The best part is that this watch for the first time is fitted with a ceramic unidirectional bezel. The collaboration between titanium case and ceramic bezel gives this modern-day monster a very vintage, timeless and classic appeal, like that of a Rolex Submariner. I really wanted the Rolex Deap-Sea Sea-Dweller, but at 44 mm it’s just too small and proportionally the head of the watch is too heavy. At 47 mm, this watch is the perfect size and the case being made out of titanium makes it light and wearable, and durable, while the heavy gauged rubber strap makes it masculine and utilitarian like a real divers watch should be. Even though the price of this watch is yet to be determined, I am pretty sure it’s going to be under $12,000 and as well as a regular production piece which is going to give the Rolex Submariner a real run for its money!
Technical Specs of the Panerai PAM00389
Movement: automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13 ¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. Incablock® anti-shock device. 195 components.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time.
Case: diameter 47 mm, brushed titanium.
Bezel: brushed titanium with polished edges, anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel with graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion and ratchet click at minute intervals.
Back: see-through sapphire crystal.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as a Trademark) brushed titanium.
Crystal: sapphire, made from corundum, 4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
Water- resistance: 30 bar (~300 metres).Strap: PANERAI personalised rubber strap and large-size brushed titanium buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a tool to change the strap and a steel screwdriver.
Current Retail- $11,000