For year 2019, Panerai decided to start out by using its amazing Carbotech material in two of the brand’s new watches. Carbotech is a new composite material that has been developed by Panerai, and the material is stronger than stainless steel, but comes in lighter than titanium. This makes it perfect for use in larger watches that may come in too heavy otherwise. So let’s take a quick look at the two new Submersible watches from Panerai, both having large, easy to see 47 millimeters cases. The first model is the PAM 961 limited edition, and then there is the PAM 979 which will be the full production model. The PAM 979 comes with white markers, and a rubber strap colored black. The PAM 961 comes with green accents, and a rubber strap done in green. The PAM 961 in green really does seem to be an exploration into the latest tests of doing watches in green. It is possible that if the 33 limited pieces sell fast, maybe they will produce more.
So, these PAM watches are based on the Luminor Submersible 1950 that Panerai did back in 2015. The essential are qute similar. The 47 millimeters in diameter case, the 300 meters of water proofing, and the small seconds being at the 9 o’clock are all the same. The changes are as follows. The dials on these new watches are made of carbon. Then the fake lume used in the 2015 watches has been replaced by a solid colored lume. These two changes have a big difference on how the watch feels and is seen under water. These watches come out more modern and with greater purpose, offering supreme legiblity, and comfort at the wrist. Powereing these watches is the new Panerai P.9010 movement that has the self winding feature, and a frequency of 4Hz, or 28,800 vph. The watch offers a 72 hour power reserve, and is a bit thinner than the previous models. Panerai would do well to find ways to make their watches thinner if possible.
Panerai seems to have done a great job once again updating and improving one of its excellent tool watches. The Luminor 1950 is very well represented here in the PAM watches. Small but very meaningful changes have been made, resulting int two new watches that are worth taking a look at. The price point for these watches were not available yet, but more information can be found at panerai.com. Thank all of you for reading my article, and have a wonderful day.