A new Size for Panerai Best Selling Collection

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days – 42mm

Written by: D Constant for The Watch Review Site 

So Panerai have begun to experiment with their trusted Luminor Marina, This being one of their most respected and the mainstay in the Panerai collection along with being the watchmakers bestseller of the Officine Panerai collections.

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3Days 42mm Steel

Now for the first time we see it in its all new 42mm case size the previous Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 days Automatic was 44mm, and the Historic Paneraia Luminor Marina 1950 3 days which was the biggest of the Luminor Marina Range has had 5mm shaved off its strapping 47mm diameter to be presented in an all new 42mm, that’s even smaller than the Standard Historic Luminor Marina timepieces (That’s if any Panerai Watch can be called standard???).  Most Panerai Timepieces are 45mm, 44mm or 40mm in diameter and their historic range can go to 47mm, but this is one of the rare occasions that Panerai have opted for 42mm case diameter are they thinking of doing this along the entire collection of contemporary pieces and hence no longer producing 44mm and 40mm alternatives….. I doubt it but maybe?

The Panerai 1950 3 day is presented for the first time in this new size of 42 mm in two versions, We have the PAM00392 or Steel version and a Rose Gold or Oro Rosso version reference PAM00393. Panerai would lead us to believe the Steel is the Sportier derivative and can withstand 100m or 10bar water resistance and the Rose Gold Luminor Marina 1950 3 day to be the more elegant and less robust of the two with only 5bar or 5omm water resistance.

Even with this new Luminor 1950 case, Panerai have still retained the classic proportions of this model, which still do justice to this vintage brands ancestors on which this watch is inspired byback in the 1940s, The original Luminor was styled on original panerai pieces made  for the commandos of the Italian Navy.

They still have the bridge with locking lever (it wouldnt be a Panerai Luminor without it in my mind) obviously it has a purpose and is not only aesthetically pleasing, the bring and lever helps to ensure a higher degree of water resistance and protects the crown from accidental shocks. On to the Luminor Marina 1950 3 days Automatic crown, it operates by rotating the hour hand in one hour increments in either direction and also adjusts the date accordingly and all without interrupting the normal running of the watch.

As for the dial, as with its predecessors we still have the panerai iconic design of the 1930s Panerai and ensures maximum clarity and legibility both underwater and in the lowest lighting conditions due to its two superimposed discs contain a layer of Super-LumiNova® which shines through cut-outs in the upper disc corresponding to the hour markers and numerals, providing exceptional visibility. The steel version we have a black dial with a corresponding black Panerai alligator strap, As for the Rose Gold Luminor Marina 1950 3 days Automatic 42mm they are brown with ecru coloured Super-LumiNova®.

We all know that Panerai is quintessentially a classic historic timepiece and steeped in recent tradition and this can be seen in the design of all its watches including this Luminor Marina 1950 3 Day Automatic 42mm, but on the inside to the contrary the In House P.9000 calibre is designed and uses the best in technical advances and materials and highlights the watchmakers continuous commitment to research and development. For those who are interested the automatic P.9000 calibre movement is completely designed and executed by the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. It has a power reserve of 3 days and is driven by two spring barrels wound by an oscillating weight operating in both directions, it has 28 jewels and a balance wheel which oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Back to the aesthetics of the Panerai Luminor Marina 19503 days 42mm Automatic (That does seem a little long winded) or Reference PAM000392 (Steel) and PAM000393 (Rose Gold), both pieces look great as would be expected the colour choices and correlation of strap and dial are befitting such a timepiece, Are we to see a titanium version soon… And with time honoured recent tradition the case back being sapphire crystal gives is a striking pice of work from Panerai its detail and craftmenship is outstanding.

Panerai Luminor Marina Rose Gold Movement Case Back

As for the technical speak about the material the steel is AISI 316L grade stainless steel, an alloy with a low carbon content notable for its high resistance to corrosion and the rose gold is 5Npt, a special alloy with an unusually high percentage of copper (24.1%) which gives more depth to the colour, and 0.4% platinum which helps to prevent any oxidation of the metal.

As per usual here are a few more shots of the Panerai Luminor Marina 19503 Days 42mm Automatic and its Technical Data.

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3Days 42mm Steel

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days – Automatic – Steel – Technical Details

Reference: PAM00392.

Movement: Automatic mechanical, inhouse Panerai P9000 calibre

28 jewels

frequency 28,800 alternations/hour.

Incabloc® anti-shock device

Power reserve 3 days

197 components.

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date.

Case: Diameter 42 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel.

Bezel: Polished steel.

Back: See-through sapphire crystal.

Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire, formed of corundum, 1.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

Water- resistance: 10 bar (~100 metres).

Strap: PANERAI personalised alligator strap and brushed steel buckle.

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3Days Oro Rosso

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days 42mm – Automatic – Oro Rosso (Rose Gold)  – Technical Details

Reference: PAM00393.

Movement: Automatic mechanical, inhouse Panerai P9000 calibre

28 jewels

frequency 28,800 alternations/hour.

Incabloc® anti-shock device

Power reserve 3 days

197 components.

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date.

Case: Diameter 42 mm,  brushed red gold.

Bezel: Polished red gold.

Back: See-through sapphire crystal.

Dial: Brown with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire, formed of corundum, 1.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).

Strap: PANERAI personalised alligator strap and brushed red gold buckle.

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