Only winners get challenged to higher feats. And so is the case for almost any Panerai model, when it comes to testing it in watery terrains. Especially if new technical innovations are being introduced, as in the case of their new “Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech”.


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Officine Panerai was one of the most active brands at this year’s SIHH 2017. They had several new timepieces unveiling at the same time. We reviewed and took good looks at the: “Panerai America’s Cup” and the “Panerai Oracle Team USA” models. Now, we gather around to focus on the latest evolution of their “Luminor Submersible” model line, fitted with an innovative substance.

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After extensive research the brand has issued a new material for their case designated “BMG-Tech®” which stands for “Bulk Metallic Glass”. It is composed of a bulk metallic glass with a disordered atomic structure, achieved through a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature, followed by a brief cooling process, so the atoms don’t have enough time to become arranged in any regular structure. Since the secret of this BMG-TECH material resides in its disordered structure, which guarantees: robustness, extreme resistance to corrosion, external shocks, magnetic fields and preserves its appearance thru the ages.


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A great timepiece for the oceans depths, since this material offers a great lightness for unconstrained underwater readings and being highly resistant to corrosion. This unique glass-like alloy is manufactured via a method that prevents any kind of crystallization, so the atoms aren’t able to arrange themselves in regular geometric structures. Panerai has applied this lighter than steel material on the case, bezel, winding crown and its iconic protection guard.


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The 47mm case is made of aforementioned BMG-TECH® material with a solid case back featuring an engraving used by Panerai before of the “human torpedo”. These soldiers were deployed historically during World War II and many wore the first Officine Panerai watches during these missions.


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This BMG-TECH® material lets off a greyish tone similar to titanium, although a bit darker due to the other elements combined in its mix. It also features a unidirectional bezel with a graduated scale for calculating time of immersion, which rotates anti-clockwise. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 300 meters (998 feet).


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Time is exhibited on a blue dial with hour index markers. It includes a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position and a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. A very clean and simple dial with a luminescent coating on the semi-skeletonized hands and the hour index markers, for an enhanced legibility. The hour can swiftly be adjusted without needing to interfere with the movement of the minute hand, since the crown in the correct position for that hand, is able to move forward or backwards an hour at a time.


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Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days

This “Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic” (Ref#: PAM 692) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber P.9010 with 31 jewels, 200 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours (3 Days), when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle.


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MSRP: $10,200.00 USD


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Written by Mauro Az