This is the most stripped-down view in Panerai’s current collection and additionally, it represents the entry level price into the world of Panerai in-house moves. It’s actually a relatively new motion — the caliber P.5000 was released just two decades ago and back in 2013, HODINKEE creator Ben Clymer have a peek at the watch where it was released: the PAM 510, that has a seconds sub-dial at the 9:00 position. If you’re not up on Panerai history, the usage of an 8 day movement with small seconds is an homage to that history; Panerai used 8-day movements by Angelus in a number of its oldest watches (along with Rolex movements according to Cortebert ebauches). The PAM 560 is newer than the motion — we saw it for the very first time at the 2014 edition of this SIHH, and also the impression we have is that it’s a part of an overall movement across the board to produce all Panerai watches powered by at-home movements. We have not spent an enormous quantity of time together with Panerais actually on the wrist here in HODINKEE, however the company’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made movements made us interested to see what kind of an impression the PAM 560 makes in person.It is not the biggest Panerai (after all, there’s the 52 millimeter Mare Nostrum) at 44 millimeters in diameter. It is water resistant to 300 meters, and there is sapphire front and rear so that you can observe caliber P.5000 in the office. The very thick strap is kept in place by screwed-in bars along with the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, using a curved, wide pin that just happens to replicate the shape of the lever that holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it’s a very wonderful touch). That mix crown-guard/locking system, as well as the completely uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is exactly what makes the Luminor instantly recognizable.
For the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM616, Panerai Watch Op 6567 Replica has turned to a carbon fibre reinforced polymer known as Carbotech for the case, bezel and crown lever bridge, the first time Panerai has used a carbon fibre composite.
Long popular with brands like Hublot and Richard Mille, it is now Panerai‘s turn to use carbon fibre composite for a watch case. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic (PAM00616) is named after the carbon fibre reinforced polymer used for make the case, bezel and crown lock bridge. Carbon fibre composites like Carbotech have a characteristic wave-like pattern due to the layering process used to make the material. Sheets of carbon fibre are laid on top of each other, with a polymer resin in between to hold it together. It is then put in an autoclave, a sort of high pressure oven, resulting in a light and strong composite. The distinctive striped appearance is due to the layers of carbon fibre inside.
Rated to 300 m, like most of the other Panerai Submersible watches, the case is 47 mm in diameter, with blue accents on the dial as well as parchment coloured Super-Luminova.
While the case is carbon composite, the screw-down back is titanium due to the fact that carbon fibre composite not reacting well to torsional (or twisting) forces. The PAM616 is equipped with the P.9000 automatic movement and a rubber strap. The Submersible Carbotech is part of the regular collection, with pricing yet to be announced.