Generally, when I think of Panerai watches I don’t normally think Bronze. The first Panerai Bronzo was released two years ago and was the first wrist watch with a bronze case.
Now two years later, the highly anticipated Panerai PAM00507 Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic, which was released earlier this year at SIHH in Geneva Switzerland is scheduled to deliver hopefully before the 2013 holidays. I have a feeling it’s going to be a blood bath to get this watch because there are only 1,000 units being produced for the world and the demand outweighs the supply. Since this watch is a SE (Special Edition) usually only Panerai Boutiques will receive this watch and authorized dealers will not receive it. That being said, if your a mega Panerai Authorized Dealer, there still may be a chance, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
I recently had an opportunity to play with one of these watches at an exclusive Panerai Event. I wasn’t expecting much because the idea of a bronze case seemed really gimmicky to me, but then I actually held the piece in my hand and tried it on and I was completely in love and couldn’t stop staring at it. The Bronze case gives this watch complete character which I wasn’t expecting. The green dial makes this watch look historic and vintage as if it was found near the sea floor . The 47 mm 1950 case is the perfect size for me and provides and everyday masculine feel, while the power reserve indicator and the in house 3 Day movement are a great modern day compliment to give this watch life. The watch is fitted on a beautiful brown leather strap with contrasting stitching and the bottle opener buckle is made out of titanium. The only complaint I have which is minor is that the strap tapers at the end and detracts from the masculinity of this watch on the wrist. The exact retail price is yet to be determined, but is rumored to retail for between $13,000-$14,000.
All in all, not only is the Panerai PAM00507 a very cool and limited edition watch that will hold its value and become collectible, it’s an incredible everyday watch that is extremely durable and different from any Panerai made out there today.
Technical Details for Panerai PAM00507
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9002 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 237 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, seconds reset, power reserve indicator, calculation of immersion time.
Diameter 47 mm, brushed bronze.
Brushed bronze with polished edges, anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel with graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion and ratchet click at minute intervals.
Brushed titanium with see-through sapphire crystal.
DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN
(protected as a trademark) Brushed bronze.
Green with applied luminous hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, power reserve indicator at 5 o’ clock.
Sapphire, made of corundum, 2.9 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
30 bar (~ 300 metres).
PANERAI personalised leather strap and trapezoidal brushed titanium buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.
Retail- between $13,000-$14,000