By TLex It looks incredible, but are we sure we really want Submersible in ceramic? I mean are we ready for it yet? Despite the obvious benefits of a ceramic case, which is lightweight, tough, resistant to scratches, corrosive agents and high temperatures and is probably the ideal case material for a mil-spec. diver -
and irrational as it may seem, I still need to feel the reassuring weight of my watch strapped to my wrist for fear of thinking I might just have paid the price of small sports car for a toy!
The new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Ceramica AKA PAM 508 was released as part of Panerai's 'Special Editions' collection unveiled at SIHH 2013. With its matte ceramic case, its P.9000 manufacture movement and the details inspired by the historic heritage of the brand, it represents a perfect synthesis of history, technology and watchmaking design.
The Luminor 1950 case with the bridge protecting the winding crown, a characteristic Panerai feature, is made of brushed black ceramic, a material synthesized from zirconium oxide powder which ensures lightness and toughness as well as resistance to scratches, corrosive agents and high temperatures.
The classic shape of the case 47 mm in diameter is created by a complex series of working and finishing operations which also give it a particularly uniform, smooth, matte appearance. The unidirectional rotating bezel enabling the length of the dive to be determined is made of the same matte ceramic as the case.
The only color which contrasts with the profound black of the case and of the dial is the ecru Super-LumiNova® on the applied hour markers, the graduated scale and the partially skeletonized hands.
The date window is at three o’clock while the classic Panerai small seconds dial is positioned at nine o’clock. The case is sealed by a titanium back coated in black, with an SLC torpedo engraved in the middle, and it contains the automatic P.9000 calibre, entirely developed and executed in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel.
The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Ceramica is water-resistant to 30 atmospheres (300 meters) and it is supplied with a black leather strap, fastened by a large trapezoid-shaped buckle covered in black PVD.