This particular timepiece does Officine Panerai justice, by renewing its tradition of creating iconic underwater watches with unique and distinctive characteristics, while providing trustworthy technical features and preserving its historical inspirations.
Bronze has a long history of being utilized in many human endeavors, replacing other elements such as copper and stone for use in tools, all the way back to the second millennium BC. In essence bronze consists of copper with a variable percentage of tin and has proven to be a quite versatile material. One of its most outstanding qualities is its high resistance to corrosion by seawater, making it a perfect companion for aquatic ventures.
Other alluring qualities of this material reside on how it acquires an aged appearance along the course of time, as it beings to be covered in patina. This phenomena occurs due to the reaction of bronze with external elements, such as: air, moisture, heat and friction. Not all horologists are a fan of this “patina”, but those that appreciate it do so because of the unique personality each timepiece receives with it. While others crave the patina so much that the “faux-patina” trend has developed throughout many horology brand. Plus for those that weren’t aware, once patina has formed it acts as a “skin”, and serves as a protective layer that slows down the further oxidation of the metal casings.
The 47mm case is made of bronze with a screwed on titanium and partially transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is an unidirectional bronze anti-clockwise rotating bezel with a graduated scale engraved to it, featuring Arabic numerals for every 15-minute increment. It also includes the trademark Panerai crown protector, made out of brushed bronze. Topped off by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, which also assists with water-resistance on the timepiece being able to reach up to 300 meters (990 feet).
This Pam 671 aka “the Bronzo” is the most recent release of its kind, having been unveiled at the SIHH 2017, while the first original bronze model (Ref#: PAM 382) came out in 2011, followed by the PAM 507 that was brought out of the “Ice age” in 2013. Both of those versions had a green dial, unlike the PAM 671 that exhibits a dark blue dial instead. But, the differences don’t end there, as we take a closer look at them all and do a side by side comparison, we notice this new version also has a slimmer case.
Basically the casing Panerai has begun using in their new 1950 Submersible models, like some recent “Luminor Marina” or “America’s Cup” models, have been gradually slimmed down. On these new casings the lugs have been extended out making them slimmer, just like the actual case is a bit thinner. Also the case back is not as beveled, nor does it come out as high as it previously did.
again the best way to notice these minor details is with a side by side comparison to the older models, where the differences between the lugs and case become clearly apparent, when side by side to the previous casings. Just like the case back that bulks out much more, causing it to also wear higher on the wrist. Before these enhanced refinishes you’d need to seek out a model like the PAM 233 or the more recent M series for that slimness, which was due to its hand-wound caliber movement, made without a rotor which therefor required less thickness.
Time is exhibited on a blue dial with round hour index markers and rectangular with rounded edges hour index markers for the 6 and 12 o’clock positions. There is a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position and a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. Both the hour and minute hands, plus all the hour index markers have undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Bronzo
This “Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Bronzo” (Ref#: PAM 671) is powered by an in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber P.9010 with 31 jewels, 13¾ lines, 200 components and 28,800 vph. Movement comes equipped with: two barrels, a Glucydur® balance and an Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours (3 days), when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is an Officine Panerai, Calf Ponte Vecchio, brown leather strap with exposed beige stitching, while secured to the wrist by an Officine Panerai titanium pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 1,000 manufactured pieces. EiT has it listed here.
MSRP: $14,400.00 USD
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