Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 sure gets a lot of attention at the SIHH 2015. It is good to see new materials used like ceramic, and now Carbon for a brand like Panerai that traded so heavily on their history. The Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm PAM00616 is a perfect combination of using space-age material fusion with the DNA of Panerai’s historic military design.If you are still struggling between Radiomir and Luminor, this watch will end those hesitations immediately.

Rather than using carbon fiber like any other brand, Panerai have developed Carbotech – a new bonded carbon material.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 – 3 Days Automatic

We know it looks awesome with the blue highlights and cream luminous markers, but don’t let the beauty of it deceive you. Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 is still a very good dive watch with 300 meter water resistance. Based on a 1956 design made for the Egyptian Navy, it has a thick 4mm crystal, uni-directional bezel, and a black rubber strap means that PAM 616 is all ready for the ocean. With a 47mm dial face, it just makes the watch easier to read.

The entire case, uni-directional rotating bezel and the lever bridge is made from the composite material – Carbotech.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616

Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech Material

The Luminor Submersible Carbotech material used is not only lighter than Titanium but also tougher than Titanium. In addition, Carbontech is non-corrosive, more scratch resistance, and hypoallergenic.

Apart from the function, the Carbotech looks aesthetically astonishingly stunning as well. No two Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 will look the same because of the Carbotech process. The cutting of the material increases the variance of patterns, giving each watch an individual identity.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616

In order to produce these Carbotech, Panerai had to bind long thin sheets of carbon fibres using PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), then followed by putting them under high pressure temperatures. It is the process of this combination of thin sheets of carbon that makes Carbotech PAM 616 so tough; tougher and more resilient than any carbon fiber, ceramic or titanium.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 – The Movement

The titanium with black treatment screw in case-back, further ensure the reliability of water resistance. On it is engraved with the historic of Panerai wording “Florence 1860”, and the image of a SLC (Slow Speed Torpedo). Florence being the city and 1860 being the year Panerai watchmaking is born. The SLC symbolizes the Italian Navy commandos that sailed through the sea, while wearing their Panerai wristwatch on their missions in the 1940s.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 P9000
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 P9000

Inside the case-back house the P.9000 automatic calibre, developed and made by the Officine Panerai, and manufactured in Neuchâtel. Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM 616 P9000 has 28 jewel and 197 components. The movement has 2 spring barrels and the oscillating weight that rotates in both directions give a power reserve of three days (72 hours). The enhance the accuracy when adjusting the time, the 13 3/4 lignes Caliber has a device which stops the balance wheel as the hour hand is being adjusted – without being interfered with the progress of the minute hand. The oscillation frequency of the balance when is 28,800 vibrations per hour.

The price of the PAM at 17.500 Euros sets it way apart from any entry level Panerai, and possibly out-of-reach to many. But it is these differences in Officine Panerai watches that made them so attractive.

One thing for sure – Your life will never be the same again once you have owned your first Officine Panerai watch.

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