January 13, 2019
by Rob Nudds
There are few more enthusiastic groups of collectors than the Paneristi. An almost masonic enclave of the watch collecting community, the knowledge and passion of these aficionados is an awe-inspiring thing to behold. And I would guess that the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition will be to their liking. This new model is available in two subtly different references: an unlimited run with green Super-LumiNova (PAM00984), or a 19-piece limited run with blue Super-LumiNova (PAM00985). Made for the explorer and brand ambassador Mike Horn, both feature an in-house movement with a decent 72-hour power reserve, and enough design tweaks to keep things interesting.
Model: Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00984 & PAM00985
Water Resistance: 300m
Case Material: EcoTitanium
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal
Movement: In-house Panerai P.9010
Frequency: 28,800vph (4Hz)
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Black recycled PET strap, with extra rubber strap included
Price & Availability: PAM 984 unlimited; PAM 985 limited to 19 pieces
I’m living proof it’s possible to neither love nor hate Panerai. Some models send me dizzy with excitement, like the Panerai 1950 Sealand for Purdey Gunmakers, while others leave me cold – Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio, I’m looking at you. With a few exceptions, there is nothing I dislike about this piece. Its 47mm case diameter is perfectly on brand; its highly legible, superbly executed sandwich dial is one of the best in the business; the story behind the model and the pains taken to implement eco-strategies into the manufacturing process is inspired (and seemingly genuine); and the redesign of the unidirectional bezel appeals to my anti-chromatic tastes.
As for those exceptions: screen printing on the underside of the sapphire crystal is a personal pet peeve because it messes with my focus when I glance at the dial. I’m also not a huge fan of the style of the main strap, although do respect Panerai for trying something new with an eco-friendly material. The spare rubber strap would be the one for me, though.
This is a strong offering from a brand that can sometimes be limited by the success of their core case silhouette. Crucially, both iterations of the Panerai Submerisble Mike Horn edition have character. It’s clearly Panerai, but it’s also clearly different. I much prefer the PAM00985 with the blue lume, because I feel it has a more modern look, which, in my opinion, suits the case dimensions much better. Pricing for the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition watches is yet to be confirmed. Lear more at panerai.com
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