PAM382 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo 47mm
The people at Panerai are always innovative while being faithful to the history of the brand. Last year's SIHH brought us the new material Panerai composite - never used in watch making before until the PAM339 Radiomir Composite. This year we were surprised by the use of bronze. The use of this material is not new to Panerai. A prototype model of an early Panerai model exists and it is well documented. Bronze has also been used by other brands before, e.g. the AP Bartorelli Scuba has a bronze bezel with a clear coating to prevent oxidation. The Genta Gefica (2008) is another watch that has a bronze case and - like the Panerai PAM382 - it doesn't seem to have such a coating.
The watch comes with a great looking vintage style strap
Bronze is an age old metal that was used frequently before the discovery of steel. Panerai used a bronze alloy with tin added to it to minimize the effects of corrosion. But its surface will certainly change color over time. This will make every Panerai PAM382 unique as no watch will change in an exact same manner. One might wonder about possible allergic reactions to the skin. The PAM382 however has a titanium case back and buckle, so the bronze will not touch the skin.
The material used for the case back ring is titanium
The photo below shows the thickness of the case back. Because of this, the watch will so to speak sit high on the wrist and it's unlikely that even the lugs will touch the skin.
The movement can be seen through the crystal case back
The PAM382 has Panerai's automatic P.9000 calibre which is an in-house movement designed and built entirely by Panerai. The layout of the dial is the same as that of the titanium PAM305 Submersible 1950 47mm which was introduced in 2009 and as the new PAM371 which I will post about later. The Bronzo is obviously much heavier than the 305 and 371. If I remember it well, its weight feels about the same as that of the steel PAM243.
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The dial of the PAM382 has a subtle greenish hue. To my knowledge this is something that we haven't seen from Panerai before. The dial color is a great match for the bronze case. Especially as the bezel will most likely develop a brown greenish patina over time. On the Panerai website the dial is actually listed as green, not greenish as it is in my recollection.
The watch comes with a great looking vintage-style strap
Below is a picture of the PAM382 next to the PAM371. Two very nice Special Edition watches and both introduced at this year's SIHH in Geneva where I took all of the photos in this post.
Two new 47mm submersibles, the PAM371 (left) and the PAM382 Bronzo
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