Strangely, some of Panerai’s very early history is submerged behind murky waters. That’s not to say we don’t know the most important facts about its heritage — namely its supply of dive watch instruments to the Royal Italian Navy, especially during World War II. The cushion-shaped waterproof case of many a Panerai replica watch uk has made for an ideal accompaniment to wearing atop of dive suits over the decades, plus Panerai can take ownership of two patented luminous materials for enhancing visibility in light-limiting conditions; Radiomir and Luminor.
These two names were subsequently adopted by copy Panerai to represent a couple of its most widely-recognized collections — the Radiomir, famous for its use by navy frogmen during the 1930s — and the Submersible, identified by its prominent crown protection system. But it’s the waterproof Panerai Submersible replica watch we’re looking at today. Despite Panerai ceasing its production of dive watches for the navy by the 1990s, the design language of these earlier dive watches has remained pretty much unchanged. There are no prizes for guessing why, by the way.
The fine forerunner
And if we’re talking about the Submersible as an industry icon, it would be sinful not to mention the Luminor. Why? Because the Submersible borrows many a fine attribute from the core design of this model. The Luminor’s exaggerated bridge-like crown is unmistakable. Operated by a lever, it protrudes from the right side of the case (unless, of course, we’re including the Left-Handed iterations). The Swiss movement copy Panerai Submersible adopts these same Luminor characteristics — lume-coated indexes around the hour track accompanied by a set of glowing hands, a small second sub-dial located at 9 o’clock, and a date window at 3 o’clock.
The mid ’90s
The first model was created in the mid-’90s in response to a request made by no other than famed American actor, Sylvester Stallone. Twelve prototypes were created and thus the desire for the top quality copy Panerai Submersible began to flourish. Bronze, Carbotech™, and Goldtech variations are now available, too. If you want a flyback chronograph, the SUbmersible line also has you covered. And that’s not to mention vintage-inspired Luminor Submersible 1950 models. Some Submersible watches are even equipped with an impressive 2,500-meter water resistance!
Dive watches by Panerai, however, don’t come more universally appealing than the Submersible 42mm models like the ref: PAM00682. A 300-meter water-resistant brushed steel case and unique unidirectional rotating bezel surround chunky luminous hands propelled by the P.9010 Calibre. This in-house movement also supplies a 3-day power reserve. Considered Panerai’s true diving watch, the Panerai Submersible PAM00682 replica with black rubber strap is, without doubt, a solid investment for every dive watch aficionado.
At a glance:
Model ref: PAM00682
Case size: 42mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 300m
Dial: Black / luminous hour markers and hands / small second sub-dial at 9 o’clock / date at 3 o’clock
Movement: Automatic / in-house / Calibre P9010 / 3-day power reserve
Strap: Black Caoutchouc rubber/steel buckle