Quick Take

Panerai entered the Bronze game back in 2011, and theyíve been carefully working with the alloy and releasing a Bronze model or two a year. This year weíre getting a whopping 47mm Submersible diver, perhaps the most in-your-face bronze model yet from Paneraiís Laboratorio di Idee. Itís made of a honkiní 161 grams of bronze, and youíll find a sandblasted ceramic bezel insert on a bronze bezel. This watch is all bronze everything. *
The typical seconds register thatís come to signify the Italian brand sits at nine o'clock, and the dial is a deep hue of brown, designed to complement the bronze case. And beyond the bronze, itís designed with intention: Itís water-resistant to 300 meters and a features thick application of lume for visibility. Itís a statement piece, sure, but it can walk the walk. It also utilizes Paneraiís P. 9010 caliber with a power reserve of 72 hours. It wouldn't be a proper Submersible without the crown protection device, so of course itís present and made from...you guessed it...bronze. Crucially, this isn't a limited edition, unlike previous bronze Panerai models Ė think of this as the bronzo for everyone.
Initial Thoughts

Bronze watches are inherently interesting for the patina they develop, and what sticks out about this particular release is the massive amount of surface area youíre getting on the chunky 47mm case. More surface area = more neat patina. As with most of Paneraiís watches, the ultimate simplicity lends well to legibility, and when you strap this watch on the wrist you get the supreme confidence that itís probably water-resistant to even more than 300m. Itís also heavy enough to quickly sink to that depth, too. Itís a watch that I think will age beautifully, and itís also the kind of watch that will garner attention from those outside the horological community, too. This will be especially true in a few years when each produces a different expression of patina.*
Given Paneraiís maritime-fueled history, the submersible in bronze makes perfect sense. Traditionally the bronze models have all done exceptionally well on the commercial side as well as being adopted as favorites among the Paneristi. The PAM 671 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Bronzo has experienced a healthy appreciation on the secondhand market, and this watch shares many of the same features, but with a dial color thatís slightly more rustic. If you were on the fence about the Luminor, then this might be the one. Itís the bronze iteration everyoneís been asking for.*
The Basics

Brand: Panerai
Model: Panerai Submersible Bronzo
Reference Number: *PAM00968
Diameter: 47mm
Case Material: Bronze
Dial Color: Brown
Indexes: Applied
Lume: Yes, on hands, hour markers, and bezel
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Brown leather strap with beige stitching, trapezoidal brushed titanium buckle*
The Movement

Caliber: P. 9010
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Diameter: 31mm
Thickness: 6mm
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 31
Pricing & Availability

Price: $16,500
Availability: In store and online from today.*
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