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At this year’s SIHH 2019 we got to see a several redesigned “Submersible” models by Officine Panerai. Among them were these two military themed watches crafted out of their Carbotech material: “Submersible Marina Militaire Carbotech.”  

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These new offerings have been bestowed with the “Marina Militare” label, as a historical reference to the brands relationship to the Navy Special Forces in their homeland of Italy. “COMSUBIN” which is an acronym for “Comando Reaggruppament Subacquei e Incursori Teseo Tesei” are the Italian Navy Special Forces.

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The 47mm cases on both of these watches are made of the aforementioned carbontech. This carbon composite is produced with thin sheets of carbon fibers compressed at high pressure with a high-end polymer (PEEK), which binds the composite material enhancing its strengthen and durability. The whole case is permeated with a distinct unique striped pattern due to the layered carbon fiber sheet.

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Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech PAM 979

On the flipside the screw-on case back of these watch diverge. The PAM 979 model has been engraved with a pilot and the inscription “SURVIVAL INSTRUMENTS”;

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while the PAM 961 has been engraved with the aforementioned “COMSUBIN” logo.

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Mounted to the watch is a rotating bezel with small minute markers matching the color scheme of each version (white or green), followed by Arabic numerals for every 15-minute increment. The initial large dotted markers at the 12 o’clock position has also been given a luminescent filling. These cases also feature the iconic Panerai crown guard and safety lever, while water-resistance on these watches can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).                                                                                                                                                                                      Panerai-Submersible-Marina-Militare-Carbotech-PAM961-Special-Edition-006Unlike previous models these Submersibles have dials made of carbon. So, time is exhibited on a camouflage black carbon dial with round dotted hour index markers. A sub-seconds dial has been placed at the 9 o’clock position. Both models also include a white inscription with the brands name on the upper-half of the dial and “MARINA MILITARE” on the lower-half.

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There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. The central hands, sub-seconds and hour index markers have all been given a luminescent filling for an enhanced legibility.

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Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech PAM 961

Panerai has also swapped the faux vintage luminescence on these models for green and blue hues. Another differentiating factors are that the hands, sub-seconds and hour index markers have been color white for the PAM 979, while the PAM 961 has been colored green.
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Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech PAM 979

This “Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech” (Ref#: PAM 979) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber P.9010 with 31 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watch is a black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a Carbotech pin buckle. This is the regular production version. For more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.

MSRP: $19,900.00 USD

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Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech PAM 961

This “Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech” (Ref#: PAM 961) is also powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber P.9010 with 31 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It features a slightly slimmer design than the previous P.9000 movement and has the balance bridge secured on two sides. Power reserve on this watch can also last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to this watch is a green strap, secured to the wrist by a Carbotech pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 33 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.

MSRP: $39,900.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az