The Panerai Luminor Submersible is a professional diving watch that meets international and professional standards. It has a unidirectional rotatable bezel to monitor your dive time and some models are waterproof up to 2,500 m (250 bar).
The most distinctive feature on a Panerai Luminor Submersible is its unidirectional bezel, which you can use to monitor your dive time while underwater. This bezel distinguishes the Submersible from other Luminor models. Strictly speaking, the Submersible is the only proper Luminor diving watch according to ISO 6425 standards. Panerai introduced the timepiece in 1998.
Panerai combines the typical Luminor look with design elements of the so-called "Egiziano," a diving watch which was produced for the Egyptian Marines in the 1950s. This military watch also featured a bezel to monitor dive time. The current Submersible has a case size of 44 mm. The crown-protecting bridge seals the right side of the case, making the wristwatch waterproof to 300 m (30 bar). The first 15 minutes are marked individually on the bezel; thereafter, every five minutes is marked. As is usual for a diving watch, the zero marker is luminous so that it can also be read in the dark.
The automatic caliber OP XXX powers the Panerai Luminor Submersible (PAM01024). The movement is based on the famous chronograph caliber Valjoux 7750, but it doesn't feature a chronograph function. It's comprised of 170 pieces and has a 50-hour power reserve. A certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) guarantees this timepiece runs precisely. The small seconds are located at the nine o'clock position, and the date display is at three o'clock.
The markers on the dial are just as bright and legible in the daytime as they are at night. Panerai primarily uses dots as hour markers; Arabic numerals are only used at six and 12 o'clock. The markers on the decentralized seconds are fluorescent, as is the seconds hand. Since the hour and minutes hands are skeletonized, you can still read the time when one or both hands is located over the small seconds (between eight and 10). The standard strap that comes with this timepiece is made of rubber.
The price for a Panerai Luminor Submersible ranges from 4,200 euros for a pre-owned timepiece from the 1990s to around 7,000 euros for a new one. Many models have a stainless steel case, although there are Submersible models made of titanium that cost at least 4,300 euros in very good condition. Since Panerai currently only produces stainless steel models, titanium versions of this watch are rare.
Highlights of this series are wristwatches such as the Luminor Submersible 1000 M, nicknamed "La Bomba," which is limited to 500 pieces. When you look at this large watch from the side, you'll immediately know where it got its nickname. The automatic watch (PAM00064) is waterproof to 1,000 m (100 bar) and is so rare that it costs at least 8,500 euros for a pre-owned model in very good condition. For around 1,000 euros less you can purchase its successor (PAM00087) with a blue dial.
If you're looking for a larger, more robust watch, the Luminor Submersible 2500 M (PAM00194) is a good choice. This timepiece is waterproof to an impressive 2,500 m (250 bar). Since only 1,000 of these timepieces were made, only a few are still available on the market. Prices for the Submersible 2500 M range between 8,500 and 10,000 euros.
|Luminor Submersible 2500 M, Ref. PAM00194||Up to 2,500 m (250 bar) waterproof, 47-mm diameter, limited to 1,000 pieces||8,500 euros pre-owned|
|Luminor Submersible 1000 M, Ref. PAM00064||Up to 1,000 m (100 bar) waterproof, 44-mm diameter, limited to 500 pieces||8,500 euros pre-owned|
|Luminor Submersible 1000 M, Ref. PAM00087||Up to 1,000 m (100 bar) waterproof, 44-mm diameter, limited to 300 pieces||7,500 euros pre-owned|
|Luminor Submersible, Ref. PAM00024||Up to 300 m (30 bar) waterproof, 44-mm diameter, stainless steel||4,200 euros pre-owned, 5,500 euros new|
|Luminor Submersible, Ref. PAM00025||Up to 300 m (30 bar) waterproof, 44-mm diameter, titanium||5,000 euros pre-owned|
|Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic, Ref. PAM00616||Up to 300 m (30 bar) waterproof, 47-mm diameter, carbon fiber case||14,500 euros new|
|Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic, Ref. PAM00615||Up to 300 m (30 bar) waterproof, 47-mm diameter, flyback chronograph||12,000 euros new|
|Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic, Ref. PAM00389||Up to 300 m (30 bar) waterproof, 47-mm diameter, titanium, anti-magnetic soft iron cage||7,300 euros pre-owned, 7,900 euros new|
The wristwatches in the Luminor 1950 collection are a homage to the military watches developed by Panerai in the 1950s. To the untrained eye, the timepiece might look exactly like the standard Luminors. However, if you look more closely, you'll noticed the engraving "REG. T.M." on the upper side of the crown-protecting bridge on the 1950 models. The Luminor 1950 models also feature a much rounder house with more pronounced curves than the Luminor.
A Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days (PAM00389) has a soft-iron cage to protect the movement from magnetic fields. The in-house, automatic caliber P.9000 offers a three-day power reserve, a date display, and a small seconds. You can purchase pre-owned models for around 7,300 euros, and new ones for around 7,900 euros.
Highlights of this collection are the Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic or the Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic. The latter timepiece, thanks to its in-house caliber, P.9100, is a flyback chronograph. You can purchase this diving chronograph new for around 12,000 euros. The Carbotech version has a 47-mm case made of its namesake, Carbotech. New models cost around 14,500 euros.