Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm – PAM00692

Appearances Can Be Deceptive – Angus Davies reviews the Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm- with live pictures, specification and price.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - PAM000692

The Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm looks at first glance to be housed in steel. However, appearances can be deceptive as in this instance the case is actually formed of Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG). This material confers numerous advantages when contrasted with stainless steel.

BMG is a glass-like alloy made up of zirconium, copper, aluminium, titanium and nickel. It is formed under high pressure at high temperatures and then rapidly cooled to prevent crystallisation. This cooling process ensures the atoms within the liquid metal remain in a randomly aligned state, resulting in a material which is virtually free of weaknesses.

The result of this ingenious metallurgy is an alloy which is much lighter than steel, but harder, anti-magnetic and corrosion resistant. The latter benefit is especially relevant with a diver’s watch.

Beyond its space-age case, this Panerai has an array of other attributes which make it worthy of further discussion.

The dial

The beguiling blue dial is the first specification detail to arrest attention and it is stunning. The name of the collection is proclaimed beneath noon, while the case material and maker’s name are shown above 6 o’clock.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - PAM000692

The hands are partially open-worked, wonderfully oversized and feature bold white tips. Interestingly, in restricted light the hour hand emits a green tint, while the minute hand reveals a blue emission. The hours are delivered in a combination of oversized dots and large batons. Everything is optimised to ensure ease of read-off.

A date aperture resides at 3 o’clock, with the date shown in white on a blue background. Opposite, positioned adjacent 9 o’clock, is a small seconds display, presented on a sunken subdial. The sinuous hand on the subdial is beautifully formed. It is detailed in cyan and white making it quite distinct from other hands.

The bezel is marked with round indexes in two sizes. The small indexes are plain while the larger indexes are marked ’15’, ’30’ and ’45’. At noon, a luminous index resides, emitting a blue emission in dim light.

Clearly with its underwater remit, legibility is absolute. The 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm is notably legible, making it perfect for life on terra firma as well as beneath the ocean’s waves. However, beyond its peerless legibility, the dial of the 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm is achingly gorgeous and transcends the utilitarian status which one might expect of this diver’s tool.

The case

The case of the 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm BMG is much lighter than a steel case. The reduced mass makes this horological leviathan, measuring 47mm in diameter, much more manageable to wear.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - PAM000692

The case has a hewn from granite solidity and a robustness capable of readily shrugging off minor impacts.

Panerai watches are always instantly recognisable and the new 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm is no exception with the iconic Panerai crown protection device singling it out as something quite unique.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - PAM000692

The rubber strap has a ruche-like motif, appearing as if it is gathered. It is paired with an oversized pin buckle. 

The case-back is made of titanium. This hypoallergenic material is ideally suited for this skin-contact area of the watch.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - PAM000692

Despite the size of the case, the watch afforded a comfortable union with my wrist, although given my wrist is above average in size, the dimensions may prove too great for some wearers of a more diminutive stature.

The movement

The automatic P.9010 calibre is ‘executed entirely by Panerai’. The frequency of the balance is 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 200 components, including 31 jewels.

Twin barrels collaborate to deliver an impressive power reserve of 3 days.

Owing to the solid case-back, it was not possible to appraise the finissage of the movement.

Closing remarks

The technical highlight of this watch is its groundbreaking case construction which resembles steel but proffers an array of additional benefits. 

However, where this watch also surprises is that despite its technical virtues, its glorious appearance usurps any other attributes, making this a mightily handsome watch blessed with a gorgeous blue face. This is all the more surprising owing to its utilitarian role as a diver’s watch. Quite simply, diver’s watches do not usually look as gorgeous as this model from Panerai. 

Technical Specification

  • Model: Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm
  • Reference: PAM00692
  • Case: BMG; diameter 47 mm; water resistant to 30 bar (300 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date.
  • Movement: P.9010 Calibre, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 31 jewels; power reserve 72 hours; 200 components .
  • Strap: Black rubber strap
  • Price: Price on application

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Angus Davies

Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.