Sunday, May 31, 2009

PAM305 Luminor 1950 Submersible

To me personally, one of the highlights of this year's SIHH was the introduction of the PAM305 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 days automatic.

PAM305 Luminor 1950 submersible
The new Panerai PAM305 Luminor 1950 submersible

I'm a huge fan of the PAM243 and I was hoping for an opportunity to take photos of this beautiful new 305. The two watches certainly have similar looks. But this new submersible has some very interesting new things to offer. First of all it has the new in-house (Manifattura) automatic P.9000 movement with a power reserve of three days. The case and bezel - with polished edges - are entirely made of brushed titanium and the movement is housed in a 47mm 1950's style case. The PAM243 is 44mm and made of stainless steel.

47mm PAM305 next to the 44mm PAM243 on the right
The 47mm PAM305 next to the 44mm PAM243 on the right

The designers did not include a magnification window (often called cyclops) above the date at 3 o'clock in the 2.6mm thick crystal. That's certainly something that quite a few people will appreciate. I have to say that I don't dislike the cyclops - on the contrary - but I have to admit that the watch does look very clean without it.

PAM305 close up
Luminova indexes and batons

Luminova paint is used for the indexes on the dial and for the hands. The later editions of the PAM243 are also made with Luminova. The I and J-series of the PAM243 were still made with tritium.

The dial of the PAM305 doesn't have the numbers 12 or 6. Panerai used two batons for the 12 and 1 baton for the six instead. It took a while before I realized that this was inspired by the design of the vintage Panerai Radiomir 2533. The only other watch that I've ever seen with this design detail. It simply looks fantastic.

PAM305 clear-case back
The PAM305 has a clear case back

The clear-case back of the PAM305 allows you to look at the watch mechanism in action. The visible elements are made of brushed steel and a very nice detail is that the rotor has polished edges.

The new Manifattura P.9000 movement is 7.9mm thick and features 195 different components, 28 jewels, two barrels, 13 3/4 lignes, an Incabloc anti-shock device and Glucydur balance. The watch is water resistant to 300 meters and it comes with the same rubber strap that comes with the PAM243. But it has a large titanium brushed screw-in buckle.

Below are some more of the photos that I took. You can click the photos for a larger view. For anyone interested, I took these photos with three off-camera speedlights in various positions. The speedlights were remotely triggered by a Nikon SU-800 on the camera. All the photos were taken with a Nikon 105mm macro lens.



More photos from this shoot (23 total) are available on

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A comparison between the PAM305 and PAM243

All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen

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1 comment:

  1. The information you share is fantastic, but the photographic skills you show are indeed superb, Martin. Congrats from Brazil.