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Panerai Luminor Submersible Replica PAM 959 and Luminor collections. Still making a sporty watch, especially if we are talking about a Panerai, does not necessarily mean +46mm monstrosities on the wrist. I know some of you guys dig those watches and I have nothing against Panerai at all. On the contrary, I used to own a Marina Militare a long time ago. Still, those sizes only look good for a very small percentage of the population. Not like the new 42mm Panerai Submersible PAM00959. A beautiful watch that has Panerai DNA yet in a contemporary size. Funny how contemporary mean small for the Florence-born brand.
The Submersible collection this year was on the two spectrums of the size chart. On the one hand, out of the 12 new models 9 are 47mm and only 3, including this PAM00959 we have here, are smaller with a 42mm diameter. That’s ok, Panerai is not known for making ultra-thin dress watches. They leave that to their Richemont sister brand; Piaget. However, it’s great that the designers finally realized that there is actually a demand for smaller brands even if +44mm is (was) your DNA for years. 2019 is not the first year that we see shrinking PAMs coming out in Geneva but I, for one, am very happy to see this trend. Other than the PAM00959 the two other models this year in this size are the Submersible 42mm PAM00683 and the Submersible Carbotech 42mm PAM00960 Replica. Today however we are going to take a closer look at bluest of them all, the PAM00959.
The title of the paragraph refers to the case of course. In the past Submersibles were large, often perhaps too large as they represented the hard-core tool watch section of the brand. Panerai calls these models “Survival Instruments” and this is a fitting name. They were huge, bulky, made to last and to survive. The new PAM00959 is not even a bit less sturdy as those forerunners but in a much more delicate case. As the name suggests it’s 42mm wide, made of 316L grade stainless steel and, as you’d expect from a tool watch, has a brushed finish. The shape of the case, like with any panerai submersible 42mm pam 959, is more rectangular. It still has the typical Panerai Replica shape with a bit more edges than you’d have on a Radiomir or Luminor model. The rotating ceramic blue bezel is a stunner, the most beautiful feature of the watch in my opinion.
The bezel is, of course, unidirectional, and the blue inlay is ceramic. While that is the main feature of the front there are many cool details on the case back. Flip the watch over and the first thing to catch your attention is the engraving in the middle that you can find on panerai pam 959 replica review watches. You have the model name of course all around the screw-in case back. The water resistance is 300 meters as you can see but the back also tells us what Panerai intends to market the PAM00959; Automatic Divers Professional. The back, just like the rest of the watch, is simple. Not much is going on there. Although not part of the back, but rather the whole watch, the patented crown guard something – almost – every Panerai has is, of course, part of this watch too.
While I love the overall look of the Panerai Submersible PAM00959 Replica I’m still not sure what to think of the dial. I mean, I like the textured surface. It reminds me of tumbled leather in a cool grey tone, something that the brand calls shark grey. Though upon closer inspection it looks a bit odd to me. Again, from other angles, the dial looks fine. I guess I just need time to adapt to the look. Still, I love the contrast of the steel, the grey dial, and the blue ceramic bezel. The dial layout is simple; small date aperture at 3, small seconds subdial at 9 and that’s it. Standard panerai pam 959 replica for sale look. The index dots and hour marker are luminous just like the Panerai-style sword-shape hands. The white hands offer great visibility on the dial. The tone isn’t too dark, so it is super easy to read the time.