The Luminor 1950 case was developed by Panerai replica watches uk in the late 1940s to be worn by commandos of the Italian Navy and is inspired by a model created in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy. From that came the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 47 mm, a professional 300-meter divers watch, which until this year was only available in titanium. For 2015, Panerai introduced the same model in a new high-tech material called Carbotech. I recently had the chance to review this distinctive-looking watch. Read on for the results.
The new Carbotech material is designed to enhance both the aesthetics and performance of the case. According to Panerai, it is both lighter and stronger than ceramic or titanium, as well as being hypoallergenic. No two cases are the same due to each layer being compressed in a non-uniform pattern, so in addition to performance benefits, each piece is visually unique to its respective owner.
A black dial with a matte finish perfectly harmonizes with the surfaces of the Carbotech case, which are also completely matte. Large, applied luminous dots mark the hours, with the exception of printed luminous Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock. Oversized, black, luminous, skeletonized hour and minute hands indicate the time, along with the subsidiary small seconds display at 9 o’clock. A blue hand with filled with luminous material continuously circles the small seconds subdial — with blue dots, and luminous indexes marking 15-second graduations — every 60 seconds. A rectangular aperture at 3 o’clock displays the date. Protecting the dial is a slightly convex sapphire crystal.
The dial is uncluttered and features big, bold markers and hands, so it is, of course, easy to read — even in low light, thanks to the generous application of luminous material. Any good Zenith replica watches should be easy to read, but when it is a professional dive watch, good legibility becomes a prerequisite. In fact, the ISO 6425 dive watch standard explicitly requires this, which is especially important underwater.
Carbotech is used on the case middle, bezel and the lever bridge that protects the winding crown. As I mentioned above, the unique structure is both lightweight and strong, even more so than titanium or ceramic. To make the material, thin sheets of carbon fibers are compressed at controlled temperatures under high pressure with a high-end polymer (Polyether Ether Ketone), which binds to the composite material, resulting in superior durability. Further, to ensure aesthetic uniformity, the carbon fibers used are very long, and the sheets are superimposed and pressed together in such a way that the fibers of each layer are set at a different angle from the ones above and below it. The result is a material that is actually lighter and stronger than titanium or ceramic, not to mention resistant to external forces. It is also hypoallergenic and anti-corrosive.
All of these are benefits; plus, because of the inherent nature of the manufacturing process, each piece has a distinctive look of its own.
The ridged bezel, made from the same Carbotech material as the case, is unidirectional and can track submersion time with a large, luminous dot at zero (12 o’clock position), as well as luminous graduations from zero to 15, with studs marking every five minutes and numerals at 15, 30 and 45. The bezel rotates only counterclockwise and enables the time of immersion to be calculated: a very useful function on a professional underwater instrument that is tested for water-resistance up to 30 bar (about 300 meters).
The caseback is in solid titanium and features the engraved text, “Florence 1860” — the city and year of Panerai watchmaking’s birth — and the image of a Slow Speed Torpedo (SLC), the notorious “pig” on which, in the 1940s, the commandos of the Italian Navy sailed through the depths of the sea on their missions while wearing instruments made by Panerai.
Unlike with most dive TAG Heuer replica watches sale, especially those with more than 300 meters of water resistance, the crown is not of the screw-down variety. Instead the crown is surrounded by what Panerai calls a crown bridge (or crown protector). Functionally, this consists of a lever pressing up against the crown when in the closed position and essentially performing the same function as a screw-in crown. This is also the feature that gives many Panerais their distinctive, military look.
With strap attached, the watch weighs 135.5 grams. This is by no means ultra-light. However, considering the size of the case — 47 mm in diameter by 16.8 mm thick by 57.5 mm in length — the total weight is relatively low.
Inside the watch is the Caliber P.9000 in-house automatic movement, which runs at 4 Hz and consists of 197 components, including 28 jewels. Thanks to two mainspring power barrels, the watch can run autonomously for three days (72 hours). A single-piece rotor winds the movement by moving in both directions thanks to an automatic ratchet device. Although you can not see it because the caseback is solid, the balance wheel is free sprung and adjusted via screws.
The P.9000 caliber was created entirely by Officine Panerai and is used in multiple Luminor 1950 and Radiomir models. To ensure accuracy when setting the time, the movement includes a device that stops the balance wheel while the hour hand moves forward or backward in increments of one hour without interfering with the progress of the minute hand. The oscillation frequency of the balance is 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The replica watches uk functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date, and calculation of immersion time via the bezel.
The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic comes with a black, accordion-style rubber divers’ strap that is 24 mm wide at the lugs and 21 mm at the buckle. There is a quick-release strap feature, activated via a button on the back on each lug, on the left side of the caseback. Additonally, the lugs are pierced, which makes it easy to remove the strap by pressing the spring bars with a tool from the side as well.
On the wrist, the watch is bulky, and you can feel the weight but at no time did it feel too heavy or uncomfortable. The smooth edges and overall ergonomic design results in a surprisingly comfortable experience. This is not something I can say is true of many watches in this size category.
Water-resistance is 300 meters, which is three times the 100 meters required by the ISO 6425 dive watch standard. And even though there is no helium escape valve, I consider this a professional dive watch. Officially announced at SIHH 2015 in January, the Patek Philippe replica watches (Ref. PAM00616) is available in stores now for $17,100.
The Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic houses a modern, in-house, automatic caliber, with a useful three-day power reserve, inside a case inspired by Panerai’s rich history, all while offering the benefits of a true professional dive replica Omega watches. Furthermore, the futuristic case material is both technically and visually superb. I especially like the unique pattern of the case, which is different on each and every timepiece. It has a grayish, marbled look that is amazing to see in a watch. For someone like myself, who mostly wears 40-mm diameter cases, this was a nice change, and it was quite fun to realize I was wearing a watch that does not follow but instead sets many of the trend in large watches. Panerai practically invented this category, after all.