Submersible: Panerai's Professional Diving Watch
The Submersible collection contains Panerai's professional diving watches. Top models are water resistant to 2,500 m (8,202 ft) or made of high tech materials like Carbotech. Limited edition Submersibles also make a sound investment.
5 Reasons to Buy a Submersible
- A professional diving watch with a unidirectional bezel
- Water-resistant to at least 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft)
- Robust, innovative materials including BMG-Tech and Carbotech
- Luminor Bronzo: Fantastic performance
- Available as a flyback chronograph
Panerai's True Diving Watch
The most important feature of the Submersible is its unidirectional rotatable bezel. This bezel is unique among Panerai watches and allows divers to keep track of their time underwater. The hands and indices glow brightly in the dark, guaranteeing optimal readability, even under poor lighting conditions. All of this makes the Submersible a true diving watch.
Panerai gave the Submersible its own collection in 2019. Before then, it had been part of the Luminor family of watches. The current collection contains everything from "small" 42-mm three-hand watches in stainless steel to diving watches with an astounding water resistance of 2,500 m (250 bar, 8,202 ft) and timepieces made of high-tech materials like Carbotech or BMG-Tech .
There are also practical GMT watches and flyback chronographs. Among the top models, you'll find the Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition, ref. PAM00982. This titanium watch was introduced in 2019 and pays tribute to French freediver Guillaume Néry. It features a blue ceramic bezel and strap. The hands are also blue and sit atop a gray dial. The automatic in-house caliber P.9100 powers this timepiece and provides it with its 3-day power reserve. On Chrono24, you can find this watch listed for around 18,500 USD.
How much does the Panerai Submersible cost?
|Model||Price (approx.)||Diameter, materials, caliber|
|PAM01024||6,000 USD||44 mm, stainless steel, OP XXX|
|PAM00973||7,400 USD||42 mm, stainless steel, OP XXXIV|
|PAM01389||8,900 USD||47 mm, titanium, P.9010|
|PAM00799||13,500 USD||47 mm, BMG-Tech, P.9010|
|PAM00615||14,000 USD||47 mm, titanium, P.9100|
|PAM00616||14,000 USD||47 mm, Carbotech, P.9000|
|PAM00982||18,500 USD||47 mm, titanium, P.9100|
|PAM00968||23,000 USD||47 mm, bronze, P.9010|
Prices for Entry-Level Submersible Models
The Panerai Luminor Submersible ref. PAM01024 is this collection's entry-level model. This 44-mm diving watch pairs a polished stainless steel case with a rubber strap and is water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft). Its steel unidirectional bezel is satin-brushed and comes with a luminous marker at the zero position. What's more, the first 15 minutes are marked using line indices. The black dial features glow-in-the-dark Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o'clock and dot indices.
The automatic caliber OP XXX ticks away inside the ref. PAM01024. This movement is a modified ETA 7750 without a chronograph function. It has a small seconds at 9 and a date display at 3 o'clock. A cyclops lens sits above the date window. The OP XXX has a 50-hour power reserve. You can purchase this Luminor Submersible for around 6,000 USD new and 5,400 USD pre-owned.
If the 44-mm case of the PAM01024 is too large for you, you should take a look at its 42-mm sister model: the Luminor Submersible ref. PAM00973. This timepiece bears a strong resemblance to its larger counterpart; however, it lacks a cyclops lens at 3 o'clock. Furthermore, its crown-protecting bridge is engraved with the letters "REG. T.M." for registered trademark – a detail not found on the PAM01024. This inscription means that this watch belongs to the Luminor 1950 series, which was inspired by timepieces from the 1950s.
Inside the case, you'll find the automatic caliber OP XXXIV. This movement is based on a caliber from the Richemont group and has a 3-day power reserve. Be sure to set aside about 7,400 USD for a never-worn Luminor Submersible PAM 973. Pre-owned pieces tend to cost a few hundred dollars less.
How much do the PAM00959 and PAM00683 cost?
The PAM 959 and PAM 683 debuted in 2019. Both are made of stainless steel, 42 mm in diameter, and feature a ceramic bezel. The PAM 959 has a blue bezel, blue strap, and gray dial. On the other hand, the PAM 683 comes with a black bezel, dial, and rubber strap. Panerai equips both models with the automatic caliber OP XXIV with a 3-day power reserve and date display at 3 o'clock. You can call either model your own for some 8,800 USD new. Used, these watches cost only slightly less.
The Submersible Carbotech ref. PAM00690 is also 42 mm in diameter but is made of state-of-the-art Carbotech. This robust material is formed by compressing wafer-thin layers of carbon fiber. In the end, each watch is truly one of a kind thanks to the unique shadowy pattern formed during the compression process. Blue accents on the hands, dial, and bezel underscore the modern look of this Submersible. The PAM 960 can survive to depths of 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft). Due to its high-end material, this timepiece demands prices of roughly 14,500 USD.
Prices for 47-mm Submersible Models
Many Submersible watches are an eye-catching 47 mm in diameter. One of the most affordable of these models is the ref. PAM00799 in BMG-Tech. The letters BMG stand for "bulk metallic glass," an alloy made of zirconium, copper, nickel, aluminum, and titanium. This material is extremely light, hard, and corrosion and scratch-resistant. It looks almost like a darker form of titanium. The PAM 799's case is water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) and features a Carbotech bezel. Blue luminous material coats elements of the hands, dial, and bezel.
Panerai developed its movement, the automatic caliber P.9010, entirely in-house and has equipped it with a 72-hour power reserve. Like its smaller sister models, the PAM 799 has a small seconds at 9 and a date display at 3 o'clock. Prices for a never-worn timepiece sit around 13,500 USD.
Like the PAM 799, the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio has a 47-mm case. This titanium watch bears the reference number PAM01389 and features a ceramic bezel inlay. This watch costs about 8,800 USD in mint condition and 8,500 USD pre-owned.
If you'd prefer a solid black Submersible, you should take a closer look at the Carbotech editions. The main difference between the various carbon models is the color of their luminous material, which comes in blue, white, or beige. For example, the ref. PAM00616 has beige luminous material and exudes a certain retro charm. New timepieces require an investment of some 14,000 USD. You can save around 1,100 USD by purchasing a pre-owned version.
Features of 47-mm Submersible Models
- Cases made of titanium, BMG-Tech, or Carbotech
- In-house caliber with a 3-day power reserve
- Water-resistant to at least 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft)
- Luminor Submersible 2500M: Water-resistant to 2500 m (250 bar, 8,202 ft)
Submersible Chrono with a Flyback Function
In terms of mechanical complexity, models with a flyback chronograph are the highlights of the Submersible collection. These timepieces get their power from the automatic in-house caliber P.9100, which has either a date display or 12-hour counter at 3 o'clock. This movement keeps track of both the elapsed seconds and minutes via two additional central hands. Most chronographs measure the elapsed minutes using an extra subdial.
The Submersible Chrono has a 47-mm titanium case. Its bezel is also made of titanium and features a ceramic inlay in certain models. One such timepiece is the PAM00615 with a black dial and rubber strap. Be sure to have a solid 14,000 USD on hand to purchase this chronograph. Pre-owned pieces sell for around 11,500 USD.
Highly Coveted: The Panerai Submersible Bronzo
The Submersible Bronzo is one of Panerai's most popular watches thanks to its unique bronze case and strictly limited numbers. To date, Panerai has released four limited-edition models. The first Bronzo, then part of the Luminor Submersible series, premiered in 2011. This timepiece, the 47-mm ref. PAM00382, was limited to a run of 1,000 pieces and quickly sold out. It comes with a green dial and the caliber P.9000. While the PAM 382 had a list price of only 10,200 USD, this watch changes hands today for between 26,000 and 28,000 USD.
The second model followed in 2013. Like its predecessor, only 1,000 copies exist of the ref. PAM00507. This bronze watch also has a green dial, while the caliber P.9002 provides it with a power reserve indicator. At introduction, it had a list price of 11,500 USD. Today, this timepiece demands around 26,500 USD on Chrono24.
Panerai announced the third Bronzo in 2017: the ref. PAM00671. Once again, it would be limited to a run of 1,000 pieces. The main feature of this watch is its blue dial. The automatic caliber P.9010 ticks away inside this timepiece and lends it its small seconds dial and date display. At its peak, this watch was selling for over 30,000 USD on Chrono24. Prices have since settled at about 26,500 USD. You can save around 1,100 USD by purchasing a pre-owned example.
The most recent Submersible Bronzo arrived in 2019 and bears the reference number PAM00968. Design details include a brown bezel and dial. Panerai only produces 1,000 of these timepieces each year, some of which they sell online. The PAM 968 has a list price of 16,500 USD. Never-worn versions sell for around 23,000 USD on Chrono24.
Features of the Submersible Bronzo
- Highly coveted bronze watches
- Fantastic performance
- Special editions with limited runs of 1,000 pieces
- A great choice for collectors and Panerai fans