I have yet to own a Panerai Submersible watch. I don’t like to wear watches that everyone else has.
I recently had the opportunity to play with and try on the Panerai PAM00305, 1950 47 mm Titianium Submersible 3 Days. This watch is incredibly masculine, understated and even though it’s made out of brushed titanium, which is half the weight of stainless steel, it has an amazingly solid feel, so you know it’s there and looks bullet proof at the same time.
I am not a big fan of watches with dates or sub-second hands, but I will let it pass on this watch because it’s super clean, comfortable, bold and well finished. My only gripe with this watch is that it has a clear back to see the movement. Historically speaking, Panerai Submersible watches don’t really have clear backs, although there are a few made with clear backs, but this isn’t really the norm.
The dial is a nice grey/black with contrasting luminous dots and indices for the hour markers, which gives this watch a very timeless and understated aesthetic while still maintaining the brands heritage. The bezel is brushed titanium with a nice touch of polished edges and is easy enough to grip and turn unidirectional to calculate immersion time.
A heavy gauged black rubber strap is fitted on this watch and is extremely rugged comfortable and looks nice enough to be worn in everyday situations. As this is a true divers watch, it is very water resistant to 300 meters or 1,000 feet.
The best part of the Panerai PAM00305 is that because it’s very exclusive and limited to 800 pieces not just anyone will be wearing it.
Technical specs for the Panerai PAM00305
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9000 calibre,
executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels,
Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock
device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 197 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time.
Diameter 47 mm, brushed titanium.
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.
See-through sapphire crystal.
DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN
(protected as a trademark) Brushed titanium.
Black with luminous hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Sapphire, formed of corundum, 4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
30 bar (~300 metres).
PANERAI personalised rubber strap and large-size
brushed titanium buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a
tool for changing the strap and a steel screwdriver.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.
Limited to 800 pieces for the world