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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Despite the fact that bronze seemed to be one of the #watchfam’s favorite subjects on social media in 2016, the rise of the “modern bronze age” of watches dates back much earlier to 2011 when Panerai acknowledged a small, but growing demand in the micro community for rugged divers cased in bronze. Their answer? One thousand pieces of the green-dialed PAM 382, which disappeared fast, and remains one of the Italian watchmaker’s most memorable (and collectible) special editions. Panerai appears to be looking to replicate that success with the newly announced Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671, or “Blue Bronzo” – a beautiful and worthy successor to the watch that put bronze into the luxury spotlight and ultimately helped make patina great again.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In case you haven’t been keeping score, SIHH 2017 has been the year of the Submersible for Panerai, where we’ve seen no fewer than six new special editions, each utilizing dramatically different case materials – from titanium and platinum-infused rose gold, to the introduction of BMG-TECH on this PAM 692. It’s a fitting backdrop to grant a shot at Bronzo redemption to anyone who missed out six years ago, and opportune timing for Panerai, as the bronze diver flood is still showing no apparent sign of abating.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Some basics for non-bronzeheads, here. Part of the allure of bronze is that it’ll never look the same way twice. The cheerful, copper-colored CuSn8 bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) we handled under the show’s lighting will soon oxidize and lose its luster with the more contact the watch has with seawater or oxygen. This eventually yields a flat, dark brown appearance that tends to vary depending on the wearing habits and environment of its wearer. The oxidization process is a natural characteristic of bronze itself, which forms over the surface of the metal, and protects the metal beneath from corrosion.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

So, while the watch looks “aged,” that patina is actually an elemental shield of sorts, whose novelty of being “unique to its wearer” is almost a cliche at this point. That said, the allure is still impossible to deny, and likely the main driver still fueling the bronze trend itself. Dive with your watch, and it’ll show characteristics more in-line with the nautical equipment that inspired its casing. Sweat from exercise, humidity from tropical regions, etc. are all catalysts in the oxidization process – which can be reversed, but never fully erased.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

One detail that we appreciate with the new Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 is how all the luminous plots use a creamy “aged” Super-LumiNova – a slight mismatch against the brushed bronze case in its current virgin state, but a pairing that we think will look pretty amazing after a few months of continuous wear. All of the dial text, and even the date window (which uses a blue date wheel!) – utilize the same beige Pantone as the indices, yielding much more cohesive visual than the original Bronzo which used green SuperLuminova and gray text.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

While we’re on the subject, Panerai’s choice to bring the PAM 671 to market with a blue dial is likely to invite comparison to the Carl Brashear Bronze from Oris, but can you really blame ’em? Blue and bronze look amazing together, and this Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 is no exception. Its matte hue springs to life under the bright show lights, but is considerably more subdued in glances from indirect light – again, a dynamic contrasting effect that should look excellent once the case starts to develop some warmer brown tones.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Several key details persist from the original Bronzo – including the 47mm case dimensions (it is a Submersible, after all), and the Panerai-manufactured 9000-series automatic caliber which is visible beneath the titanium caseback’s sapphire window. This time around, though, the PAM 671 gets the 9010 Caliber, which is a slightly thinner (by only 1.9mm) movement with three more jewels than the 9000 Caliber found in the original PAM 382. Timekeeping-wise, the same 4Hz amplitude and generous 3-day power reserve can be expected. I believe that this newer 9010 Caliber loses the bi-directional winding capability of the 9000, but gains the benefit of an independently adjustable hour hand. Not a bad trade-off when it comes to real-world practicality demanded by frequent travelers.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The highly limited nature of the original PAM 382, and the relative scarcity of high-end bronze divers at the time is likely what drove its demand. Though Panerai is looking to replicate that success with an identical production run of 1000 pieces of the PAM 671, whether or not there’s still enough novelty remaining in the trend to drive similar demand for an ultra high-end bronze diver remains to be seen – especially when the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671 has a price of US $14,400. panerai.com

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  • IG

    I like bronze watches but they must be hand-wound.

    • 200 Fathoms

      Noted.

      • Word Merchant

        Seconded.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    Limited edition – Panerai style. Next year, 1000 darker blue bronzos.

    • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

      For 20k

    • Chaz

      Blue dial w/power reserve most likely

  • ProJ

    Although to my eyes it looks exactly like gold, knowing this is bronze for some reason gives it a better appeal.

  • Pete L

    Love this as a sucker for a blue dial. No doubt there will be a blue bronzo with power reserve in 2 years time as before with the green 382 then 507 but they are still very limited compared to Rolex/Omega etc. I have asked to go on the waiting list when they go on sale in June but don’t hold out much hope. Will they more than double in value like the previous Bronzos?

  • JF Schnell

    if i had $15.000 to spend I would do it in Paneirai Watches. Just another great watch

  • SuperStrapper

    Fan of bronze here, but not the submersible. Would be interesting to see a 1940 in bronze.

  • Jerry Davis

    Just beautiful. Love the Panerai watches.

  • It’s too bad this isn’t offered in 44mm; anything larger than that and I look like I’m wearing a gladiator bracelet. Especially in bronze.

  • cg

    Nice gorgeous porthole needs some recessed bronze bolts decoration.

    • Word Merchant

      And what about the watch? Any thoughts on that…?

  • johnwithanh

    Eternally grateful to Panerai for showing that it is possible to have the date wheel match the dial. Every other manufacturer take note please.

    • Totally agree. And if Sinn can do it on a $3000 watch, and Panerai can do it for $15k, it can probably be done at a far wider range than the currently available options would suggest.

    • Word Merchant

      Agreed. Bell & Ross are very good at this too, and there isn’t often cause to praise them for anything.

  • That buckle needs to be bronze too. Like wearing black shoes with a brown belt. Nice shoes though…

    • Svetoslav Popov

      That’s so lame, color matching.

    • Yojimbo

      you’re 100% right, I cannot UNsee that they didn’t now

    • It doesn’t bother me too much – it’s titanium, like the caseback. Perhaps to minimize the chance of any ‘green skin’ effect where the bronze comes in contact with the underside of the wrist?

      • Makes sense – just a shame considering how little of the buckle actually rests on the skin.

      • SuperStrapper

        I have a brass buckle on a brass cased watch and a bronze one on a bronze cased watch. Zero green skin with either. The bits that actually do touch me seem to patina differently: not sure if it’s slower or not, but not the same. Both watches have steel casebacks.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Surely, the colour of the belt should be dependent on the colour of the trousers? Thats where I went wrong all my life.

      This comment should have been on Hodinkee we could have asked Jack Forster.

      Dinkee H. O. can you find out.

      Agree about the buckle by the way. How do Oris and Tudor do it.

      • Normal rules: start with the suit. Then shirt. Then tie. Then belt/shoe/watch.

        WIS Rules: Watch. Then who cares?

        I think Oris provides you with some brown shoes and Tudor recommends that you go trouserless…

        • Lincolnshire Poacher

          Just do what I do. I just do everything my misses orders me too. That includes what to wear.
          You wouldn’t believe how peaceful and relaxing my life is, just because I do, and wear, what I’m told.
          Of course when I’m out of view, or out the house. Well, then the mice come out to play. Proverbially speaking.

      • BiLL

        socks to trousers
        watch strap to shoes
        underwear to fountain pen ink color
        no belt, suspenders

      • Word Merchant

        Bronze buckle on Tudor and green patches where it touches the skin. Not the end of the world.

        I like this Panerai very much though, except the name: Bronzo sounds like a toilet cleaner.

        • Matta

          Bronzo is italian word for bronze. They couldn’t have named it better that this, it fits perfectly. You muricans need to be more open-minded. 🙂

  • otaking241

    Calibre P.9000 also has the independent-setting hour hand. I wish they’d added that killer dead-set seconds hand function (second hand resets to zero when you pull the crown out) like on the P.9001.

    Why does it take 3 more jewels to lose bi-directional winding?

    • Panerai didn’t confirm with the clarity that I was chasing for the story, but I believe that the 9010 also has the dead-set feature like the 9001. No confirmation on the added jewel count.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    pam is just sooooo booooring. there i said it.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Thank you. This is the first, and probably last P’ article I’ll read this year. I’m sure they’re fatastic watches. Just not my style.

    • Yanko

      And ugly too. Looks so ridiculous on the wrist. Bronze as a metal is stripped of any nobility.

  • Larry Holmack

    Probably be on the wrist of more than a few New Orleans Saints players, as Panerai seems to be the watch of choice for a lot of Saints players. But then again, when you’re making the kind of money NFL players make, $15 grand is no big deal!

  • Yanko

    Oris Carl Brashear watch looks much much better than this 47mm piece of bronze.

  • Ulysses31

    The copper and blue colouring goes well together. A shame that the patina will ruin all that. The finishing of the watch case is super crude.

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