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Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959


The Panerai Submersible 42mm (ref. PAM00959), a recent addition to the Panerai tool / dive watch collection is available now in limited numbers from the Panerai verified dealer and reseller network. Part of the Switzerland based Richemont Group, Officine Panerai also boasts considerable Italian ancestry of which it has always been very proud. Just like Marlon Brando and his Apocalypse Now Rolex, Panerai has accumulated not only a very long list of collectible watch models, including the Panerai Radiomir and Panerai GMT, but also a rich set of associations with individuals to rival that of Marlon Brando back in the days, not least Blues guitar legend John Mayer and explorer Mike Horn. 

These days, under the stewardship of the Richemont Group, Panerai is embarking on program offering not only watches but incomparable once in a lifetime experiences that mine its rich history and connections, not least with the Italian Navy (the Italian Marina Militare), world famous explorer and brand ambassador Mike Horn, and others. Panerai is of course, world famous for its tool and dive watch collection pieces, and the Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959 joins the Panerai Collection alongside the Radiomir and GMT models as its foremost automatic diving tool watch, in a (steel) case size of 42mm.

For 2019 onwards, Richemont Group’s Officine Panerai Watch took the decision to simplify the life of its verified dealer and Panerai reseller network, not in terms of the price of its watches, but by hiving off from the Panerai brand’s Luminor Collection the Panerai Submersible Collection of specialist dive / tool watch. The Submersible Collection from Officine Panerai Watch thus becomes the home of very serious, deep dive capable dive tool watches, completely separate from both the Panerai brand’s Luminor Collection and other famous pieces such as the Panerai Radiomir and Panerai GMT automatic watches which are clearly distinct from the Submersible Collection. 

The verified Panerai dealer and authorized reseller network will no doubt be satisfied with this decision, as of course, will be potential customers, with full knowledge not only of the watch price but also which Panerai collection each automatic belongs too, with a clear line dividing serious deep dive ready pieces such as the Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959 from the Luminor and Luminor Due collection models for both the verified dealer and reseller network and customers alike. The difference between the Panerai Submersible 42 with a water resistance of 300 meters and the Italian Commando inspired Panerai Luminor Collection models and other Panerai men’s automatic watch models such as the Panerai Luminor Marina  3 days (i.e., 3 days power reserve) automatic and the PAM00335 Luminor 10 days (power reserve) GMT, with up to 100m water resistance, should not be underestimated. 

The Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959 from the Panerai Submersible Collection is then, a serious, deep dive capable automatic men’s watch. It’s a watch that is clearly capable of any of the antics that Panerai wearer Sylvester Stallone might get up to, or indeed, anything that Marlon Brando, Mike Horn or even John Mayer might need if for. The Panerai Submersible 42 is in fact available in two (stainless steel case material) versions, the Blue bezel w/ grey dial face Panerai Submersible 42 ref. PAM00959 and the Black bezel w/ black dial face Panerai Submersible 42 ref. PAM00683. What should be apparent immediately to the reader is the necessity, when choosing a Luminor or Submersible collection (free shipping), Panerai PAM reference number verified dealer, or verified dealer of all Panerai Luminor and Submersible watches is that all watch reference numbers are quoted accurately. 

These days, it is not sufficient, PAM verified dealer or not, to simply rely on the Luminor Base Logo, watch size, case material, clock collection information, or anything that might be picked up on the watch box or packing materials. The watch reference number really is key here, and whether a potential purchaser is resident in Germany, Geneva, Switzerland or California, has themselves worked in the Italian Navy or just moved from BMG or IWC in the Richemont Group to Panerai, finding the correct automatic watch depends on that all important reference number. For the latest Panerai Submersible 42, as mentioned, two models, the PAM00959 and the PAM00683 are available, both of these automatic men’s watches a very different animal to the automatic Luminor and Radiomir 3 and 8 Days GMT watches. Both the Blue bezel w/ grey dial face Panerai Submersible 42 ref. PAM00959 and the Black bezel w/ black dial face Panerai Submersible 42 ref. PAM00683 offer the same 72 hours / 3 day power reserve in the best Submersible collection and Luminor tradition, a highly legible dial face, oversize hands, with all markers generously filled with lume to make this a clock that is very easy to read under-water, including the 9 o’clock small seconds display opposite the date display window at 3 o’clock. 

The Blue bezel w/ grey dial face Panerai Submersible 42 ref. PAM00959 and the Black bezel w/ black dial face Panerai Submersible 42 ref. PAM00683 are two incredible serious, deep dive ready tool watches from Panerai. An automatic watch of this size and case material can only achieve the incredible 300m of water resistance by using a fully screw fixed case back in just the right material. Both of these models, forming part of the Panerai Submersible Collection, sit alongside other aesthetically similar automatic men’s watches from Panerai, some of which offer a greater or lesser number of day power reserve than the Panerai Submersible 42 Automatic; however, even days and days of power reserve do not match the 300 meters water resistance that this model offers. It is vital than any potential customer does their homework very carefully, seeking out a (free shipping) verified, authorized Panerai dealer or reseller who knows not only the price of the piece but also the correct Panerai reference of “PAM” number for the specific watches available. Many Panerai pieces, the GMT models, Luminor Collection, and of course, the Submersible Collection are a great fit for many potential owners, but finding the correct Panerai automatic must not be left to chance, these days. 





Technical specifications

BEZEL Steel/black ceramic. Anti - clockwise rotating bezel with graduated scale
DIAL Shark grey with luminous hour markers an dots. Date at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock
WATER RESISTANCE "30 bar (~300 metres)"
STRAP Caoutchouc Dark blue, - Stitching, 22/20.0

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