Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305

Par Florian Matrion, le 18 juillet 2011
Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
Diaporama
This famous Italian brand became, in a few years, an icon in the world of sports watches. Panerai presents us here with its 47mm Submersible. TWO has tested it for you, in an urban environment.
Exclusive! review of the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
77/100
Note des internautes
76/100

Slide Show = 16 photographs to display this watch under all of its angles

 

Fluidity of lines

The secret of Panerai's success is "simplicity".
The Firenze company creates watches that have an original design and are easily recognizable amongst others, endowed with a strong personality, while also remaining faithful to its past historical models.

Thus, the lines of the 47mm Luminor Submersible are quite peculiar, almost like a mix between a Radiomir and a Marina!
The result is a case with lines that are simultaneously virile and soft, vintage and modern, elegant and sporty.

In this way, Panerai succeeds yet once again in juggling both the extremes and the contradictions.

 

Panerai creates watches that have an original design and are easily recognizable amongst others, endowed with a strong personality.

For example, the 47mm case may seem, on paper, difficult to wear for the average person.
But nothing could be further from the truth!
Indeed, while the large size of this Submersible hardly goes unnoticed, it still manages to not look out of proportion on an average-sized wrist (17.5cm), and it even turns out to be very comfortable for everyday wear.

The recipe is simple: a watch case with a shape that renders the lines more fluid, and lugs that allow the bracelet to fit nicely on the wrist.

Moreover, this sense of comfort is further increased by the use of titanium, with a gorgeous satin finish.

 

 

A stripped-down dial

This watch's design is reminiscent of a genuine tool watch of which we ask only the bare minimum, which Panerai achieves perfectly with this concern for minimalism and efficiency.

The dial, with its completely stripped-down look, is a clear example of this.
Only four short lines of text appear on it, along with hourmarkers set-up in 5-minute increments, as well as a date and small seconds displays.

It doesn't look bare, however.
On the contrary, this dial has been given a "depth" that is consistent with the underwater purpose of the watch...

 

A functional diving watch

The Luminor 1950 Submersible 47mm follows this calling to the letter, dictated by a deep concern for optimal functionality – this Panerai complies by the way with the ISO 6425 - diver's watches international standard.

Among the benefits offered, we find in particular the famous device protecting the crown, so emblematic of Panerai.

 

Among the benefits offered, we find in particular the famous lever-secured crown, so emblematic of Panerai.

One can also enjoy its exceptional readability, in both daylight and night time, despite the hands that, at first glance, seem a little small.

In the absence of the ability to go on a dive in the Caribbean Sea, a test performed in a bathtub with very little light showed results that were more than satisfactory.

You will also enjoy its water resistance, advertised at 300 meters, and tested at 375 meters - it's a pity that the watch doesn't symbolically display a greater depth!

 

Finally, you will enjoy its large bezel, easily handled while wearing diving gloves, and with firm and precise notching.

In other words, you will be able to take your Panerai to abyssal depths without any worries.

A small but noticeable bonus: the watch comes with two straps, and its quick-release system allows you to easily alternate between the rubber one when going for drinks on the beach, and the special deep-sea diving strap when going under water.
It's clever, and very easy to do by oneself.

 

The see-through bottom allows you to get a glimpse of the P.9000, a manufactured caliber with a very technical look.

Still, despite its two straps, this Panerai lacks versatility.
Its use is still limited to underwater activities and, while on solid ground, it can only be appropriately worn with a casual outfit.

 

Movement

In the caliber department, this Submersible will not disappoint you either.

The see-through bottom allows you to get a glimpse of the P.9000, a manufactured caliber with a very technical look.

Its finishes are almost cold and industrial-looking.
However, the concept is of the highest level, with a three-day power reserve, thanks to its two barrels, and an adjustment mechanism independent of the hour hand: a real delight!

 

Conclusion

Panerai doesn't build uncontroversial watches.
But if you appreciate high-testosterone pieces and are looking for a watch for your summer underwater activities and nocturnal outings, then the Firenze company delivers here the ideal model with this Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm (PAM 305).

 

Pros:

  • a very functional diving watch
  • high-quality finish
  • a manufactured caliber
  • great value for the money

 

Cons:

  • a heavy watch despite the titanium
  • water-resistance “limited” to 300 meters
  • a watch that lacks versatility
  • a watch that attracts attention and doesn't go unnoticed

 

Additional Information

  • the advertised price in the "Manufacturer's data" is the watch's retail price in France at the time of the publication of this review
  • reviewer's wrist size = 17.5cm
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  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic 47mm PAM 305

Données constructeur

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L'avis de la rédaction 77/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 76/100

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