Next January, during the annual SIHH 2013 trade show, the Italian watchmaking brand Officine Panerai will officially introduce its new Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic Titanium (Ref. PAM389) automatic watch. Although being their first attempt at making a timekeeper possessing antimagnetic properties, the timepiece offers a pretty much impressive scale of resistance to magnetic fields of whole 40,000 A/m.
The feat becomes possible thanks to the special structure of its body that features a lightweight titanium “hull” with an internal “Faraday cage” made of purified soft iron. The cage protects the in-house Panerai P.9000 automatic caliber from numerous magnetic fields emitted by your fridge, the engine of your car and even that fancy new iPad with retina display that you are holding in your hand at this very moment.
Since the cage completely envelops the caliber, the watch comes with a solid case back that won’t let you admire the nicely crafted and decorated mechanism. To sweeten the pill, the Italian watchmaker equipped the watch with a new unidirectional rotating diving bezel that features a scratch-resistant ceramic inlay.
The opaque black part with its rivet-style minute markers nicely matches the brushed surface of the titanium body making it one of the most desirable diving watches to soon arrive on the market.
Rated for 30ATM, the watch not only comes with their signature screw-in setting crown with a rugged-looking crown protector, but also features lots of lume on the dial that covers not only the stick-shaped hour markers and open-worked hour and minute hands, but is also applied to the small seconds indicator, which is placed at the usual position at 9 o’clock and partly counterweighted by a small date window at 3 hours.
Measuring whole 47 millimeters in width, this watch is certainly not for an average office worker. However, it will be just right for a guy knowing a thing or two about free weights workout.
The watch will go on sale later next year at a recommended price of €8900. Frankly, I can’t tell you anything about price in dollars: it looks like the world is again entering yet another stage of competitive devaluation, aka “currency war”, so it may cost as low as $10,500 and as high as $14,000. Only time will tell.*
UPDATE ON PRICE IN USD: At this time, the watch has an MSRP of $12,400, which is quite expensive per se, but is more or less in the same ballpark with other recently introduced Panerais three-handers powered by in-house calibers. Also, I am quite sure that there will be good discounts on these timekeepers that will make them even more attractive.
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic Titanium (Ref. PAM389) automatic watch specification
Price: €8900 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber Panerai P.9000, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 28
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 72 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Case material: Titanium, brushed
Bezel material: Titanium, polished, with opaque black ceramic insert
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Case height: 15.50 mm
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Open-worked, luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with titanium buckle. The strap comes with a second interchangeable strap, and a tool to change the strap and a steel screwdriver
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid