By TLex Here’s a proper second look at the stunning Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Left-Handed 3 Days Automatic Titanio - AKA PAM 569 (in case that was too much of a mouth-full). The watch, which we previewed (in not too much detail) HERE, earlier this year, is a Limited Edition of 1000 pieces.
The PAM 569 has a 47mm case in brushed Titanium. Panerai actually use two different types of Titanium in their watches; Grade 2 and Grade 5. Grade 5 is more widely used for dive watch cases as it has a very high tensile strength with relatively low ductility. It is also impervious to corrosion by salt water and has exceptional resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalies, natural waters and industrial chemical products.
Light, strong and hypoallergenic, the corrosion-resistant qualities of Titanium have made it one of the most valued materials in fine watchmaking. Equally as strong as steel yet 40% lighter, it is also the metal of choice for aerospace, aeronautical and military applications. Besides this, it wears extremely comfortably on the wrist.
The PAM 569 has a 'destro' crown configuration, with its winding crown at 9 o'clock on the left hand side of the case. Historically, Panerai has used this configuration since the 1940s, when the first model with this feature was created for Italian Navy commandos.
It is perfect for right-hand wear, meeting the needs of commandos, who had to wear other instruments, such as compasses and depth gauges on their wrists. These models continue to be highly regarded by those with a preference for right-hand watches or, those who simply like the fact that their watches have and interesting quirk to them.
Its divers bezel, is inspired by the Egiziano, the 1950s model created by Panerai for the Egyptian Navy. Its screwdown caseback boasts an engraving of a ‘Slow-running torpedo’, an underwater vehicle created by the Italian Navy to allow commandos to perform their underwater missions with agility and as effectively as possible. Water resistance is guaranteed to 30 ATM (a depth of around 300 meters).
Its black dial features a Clous de Paris (Paris hobnails) or waffle decoration with applied circular and baton hour markers applied with vintage-colored SuperLumiNova. A date window is at nine o'clock, while a sub-seconds counter is at three o'clock.
It is powered by an in-house Officine Panerai P.9000 caliber with 3-days power reserve. Its rotor rotates in both directions for more efficient winding of its dual barrels, when the watch is worn. Spec. includes: 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur balance, 28,800 alternations/hour, Incabloc anti-shock device, a power reserve 3 days, dual barrels and a total of 197 components.
The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Left-handed (PAM00569) is a Special Edition that is presented on a natural brown leather strap with ecru stitching and comes in a luxury pear wood presentation box along with a rubber replacement strap, a strap replacement tool and a steel screwdriver.
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