Apart from the movement, the case silhouette, which sandwich dial, another signature element of the Luminor family of watches is that lever-operated safety system for dogging down the crown. The curved locking lever includes a small roller on the end of the that, if you lock it down, then presses the wafer-shaped crown against a gasket from the crown tube, sealing the watch. It is more elaborate than the usual screw-down crown, but it features a very positive system for ensuring water remains out of this situation and it’s a great alternative to the slightly fiddly feeling of a screwed-down crown (and there is no probability of cross-threading either, as sometimes happens with watches whose crowns are screwed into position). The other big advantage of the locking lever is it is just plain fun to play, and even though to do so too much is kind of against the spirit of the watch (the whole point of an eight day movement was supposed to decrease to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked place) at precisely the exact same time you will likely find the urge to play with it irresistible.Despite the dimensions, this is only one of the easiest-to-wear watches I’ve ever had on. Thanks to this thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness from the lugs to the tip, it feels really secure and it is a joy to get on. The best thing about it, aside from the opportunity to play with all the locking lever, is the dial; this item glows like a crop moon.This is a tiny personal note; my very first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, glowing like mad in 1968, therefore any watch that lighting up the night the way PAM 560 does is okay by me. The motion is a far better piece of work than I gave it credit for originally. It’s fair, it looks bulletproof and it’s plenty of really nice chronometric characteristics hard to see this cost, and if you would like something with the amount of style the PAM 560 has this also has a free sprung balance and 8 times of gas at the tank it’s a very small list. I’m a late convert to the Panerai Watches Limited Edition Replica loyal and I’m not saying there are not other watches out there for this price point that do not offer a great value as well — but then again, they are not Panerais.
For the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM616, Panerai 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.