Officine Panerai have released another 2500m diving beast The new Luminor Submersible 1950 2500M 3 Days Automatic Titanio, PAM00364 was released as part of Panerai’s ‘Special Editions’ collection unveiled at SIHH 2013. The new PAM 364 is Panerai’s third model with such a depth-rating. Panerai’s first 2500m diver was the PAM 194 followed by the PAM 285 in 2009.
Officine Panerai have a tradition of combining classic Italian diving heritage (styling) with exceptional performance. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 2500M 3 DAYS Automatic Titanio is no different. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of looks and ability. It’s 47mm case is made of brushed Titanium, a material which combines lightness with the structural robustness required to resist high pressures, external stresses and corrosion making it the perfect a professional instrument for any diver. Its exceptional water-resistance is ensured by Panerai’s trademark device protecting the winding crown, which guarantees it to a depth of 2500 meters. Once again, we see an HEV with the chemical symbol ‘He’ for Helium on the caseside at eight o’clock enabling helium to escape during decompression after ascending from deep dives, preventing any pressurized gas from potentially damaging the watch.
The unidirectional rotational divers bezel has small markers in relief and a graduated dive-time scale, which enables the length of the dive to be read: it’s a design that incorporates Panerai’s signature bezel studs, inspired by the legendary Egiziano, a model created in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy. The further protection is given by a 5.9mm thick domed Sapphire crystal. The dial combines circular and baton shaped hour markers, applied in relief and coated with a luminous material. As are the semi-skeletonized hands, thus ensuring optimum visibility even in the depths of the ocean. There’s the all too familiar sight of a sub dial at nine o’clock with a small sweeping seconds hand, whilst the date window is at three o’clock.
The Special Edition Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Automatic is powered by the P.9000 automatic movement, completely designed and made in-house by Officine Panerai in the manufacture in Neuchâtel. Another ‘grail’ watch too lust after!
Unique edition of 1000 units
Movement Automatic mechanical, P.9000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 197 components.
Functions Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date, Calculation of immersion time
Case Diameter 47 mm, Brushed Titanium
Bezel Brushed titanium with polished edges. Anti – clockwise rotating bezel with graduated scale for measuring the duration of immersions and ratchet click at minute intervals.
Device protecting the crown (Protected as a trademark) Brushed Titanium
Dial Black with applied luminous hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Crystal Sapphire crystal formed of corundum
Water Resistance 250 bar (~2500 metres)
Strap Black, -, 26/22 MM Standard
WITH THE NEW LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 2500M 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC TITANIO, Officine Panerai renews its long tradition, enriching it with new technical content to offer underwater watch enthusiasts a professional instrument of exceptional performance. The Luminor 1950 case, 47 mm in diameter, of the Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Automatic Titanio is made of brushed titanium, a material which combines lightness with the structural robustness required to resist high pressures, external stresses and corrosion. The water-resistance, also ensured by the classic Panerai device protecting the winding crown, is guaranteed to a depth of 250 BAR (~2500 metres), and the little valve engraved with the symbol He on the caseband at eight o’clock enables helium to escape when ascending from deep dives, thus preventing the gas exercising potentially dangerous pressure on the case. The unidirectional rotating bezel has small markers in relief and a graduated scale which enables the length of the dive to be read: its design was inspired by the model created in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy. Protected by a sapphire crystal 5.9 mm thick, the hour markers on the black dial are bars or studs, applied in relief and coated with a luminous substance, as are the wide, partially skeletonised hands, thus ensuring optimum visibility even in the depths of the sea. A subsidiary dial at nine o’clock has a small seconds hand moving continuously, while the date window is at three o’clock. The Special Edition Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Automatic has the P.9000 automatic movement, completely designed and made by Officine Panerai in the manufacture in Neuchâtel. Completing it is a rubber strap, fastened by a large trapezoid-shaped buckle in brushed titanium. The strap is easily changed by means of the button fitted in the lug of the watch, which is operated by the special tool provided.
Light, strong and hypoallergenic, the remarkable physical, mechanical and corrosion-resistant qualities of titanium have made this metal one of the most valued in fine watchmaking, as well as a material of choice for the military, aeronautical and aerospace industries. From the engineering viewpoint, its lightness makes it an exceptional material: titanium has the same strength as steel but is 40% lighter.
Titanium is impervious to corrosion by salt water or the marine environment and it has exceptional resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalis, natural waters and industrial chemical products. Although in nature it is the ninth most abundant element, and, after aluminium and iron, the third most common metal used in mechanical applications, titanium is found only in the form of oxides, hence the difficulty of refining the raw material and its consequent prestige.
Officine Panerai uses two different types of titanium for various kinds of components: Grade 2 and Grade 5.
Grade 2: titanium with a high oxygen content and greater strength than Grade 1. It is widely used and offers the best compromise between strength, corrosion resistance, weldability and moldability.
Grade 5 (Ti 6Al-4V): this alloy can be polished and not just cleaned. It has very high tensile strength but relatively low ductility.
The working of titanium is a very delicate operation due to the material’s sensitivity to oxidization. If oxidization occurs, the manufacturing process must be restarted.
The P.9000 calibre, created entirely by Officine Panerai and used in a series of Luminor 1950 and Radiomir models, is fitted with various functions: it is an automatic calibre with a 3-day power reserve and a unique technical design which makes these movements immediately recognizable. The calibre has a diameter of 13¾ lignes and numerous features: two barrels which guarantee 72 hours of power reserve; a single piece rotor which winds by moving in both directions thanks to an automatic ratchet device; a balance wheel with adjusting screws, oscillating at a frequency of 4 Hz. To house this movement, a specially made version of the Luminor 1950 case has been designed, keeping the proportions of the original but featuring a slightly less convex sapphire crystal which only barely protrudes from the bezel.
FunctionsHours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date
Automatic mechanical, P.9000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 197 components.