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SIHH 2017: Panerai - Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech PAM692

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Solid and strong in their appearance, the Panerai Submersible models draw inspiration from the history of the brand but, at the same time, they often present new technical solutions and innovations.

This is certainly the case of the new Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic PAM00692, introduced last January during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.


After extensive research and tests, Panerai’s R&D lab "Laboratorio di Idee" adopted a new and highly innovative material for case, bezel, winding crown and associated protection device of this model. Called BMG-Tech (where BMG stands for Bulk Metallic Glass), this material offers a grey colour similar to that of titanium but darker combined to a number of properties which are particularly useful for an underwater watch: extreme resistance to wear, high strength and great lightness.


BMG-Tech is obtained from a special glass-like alloy in a way which prevents crystallisation, so that the atoms do not arrange themselves in regular geometric structures. The alloy (consisting of zirconium, copper, aluminium, titanium and nickel) is subjected to a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature and then to a cooling process lasting for only a few seconds, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure, as normally happens in crystals. The "chaotic" structure of the material is the secret of its properties – in particular, its extreme corrosion resistance, its great robustness and resistance to external shocks and its resistance to magnetic fields – bringing further advantages to the owner of a watch which also provides excellent performance while preserving its appearance virtually unchanged over time.


Water-resistant to 30 bar (a depth of about 300 metres / 1000 feet), the new watch has the bezel with a graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion, which rotates only anti-clockwise, the date window at 3 o’clock and the seconds counter at 9 o’clock.


The clear markers on the blue dial which features a beautiful polished finish visibility under all lighting conditions thanks to the use of two different types of Super-LumiNova on the markers, making it easy to identify the reference points for reading the time and the length of immersion.



The movement used for this model is the in-house developed P.9010 automatic calibre with a power reserve of three days.

Consisting of 200 components, the calibre is just 6 mm thick enabling the thickness of the 47 mm case to be reduced. The balance is fixed by a bridge with twin supports and it oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour with a power reserve of 72 hours.


The hour can easily be adjusted without interfering with the movement of the minute hand, by means of the device which moves the hour hand on its own, in jumps of one hour forward or backward. This function is useful when changing time zones or moving between summer time and winter time, especially considering that adjusting the time automatically changes the date when necessary.


Completed by a black rubber strap, the new Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic PAM00692 has a price of Euro 9.900 / US$ 10,200. panerai.com




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