WATCHES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME
http://www.thewatchbox.com In the world of high horology, ceramic is the material of the future; behold the future of Panerai dive watches. The 2013 Special Edition Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Ceramica PAM00508 is a helluva watch with a helluva name. It's one of only 1,000 units issued. Ceramic features the scratch resistance that luxury watch collectors have learned to associate with sapphire crystals. More than a coating, ceramic is a kiln-fired inorganic material that can be scratched only by impact with diamond-like objects... basically, just diamonds. The case, bezel, and crown protector of the PAM 508 Ceramica are hewn from this material. Not only does this watch feature the latest in Panerai materials science, but it pairs that innovation with the renowned Luminor "1950" case. At 47mm in diameter and highly contoured, its a bigger and more coherently styled Panerai Luminor inspired by the final 1950s evolution of the firm's storied combat watches. Inside the black box beats a heart of gold: Panerai's P.9000 in-house caliber. The automatic movement boasts a 3-day power reserve that exceeds the industry standard 42-hours and matches the celebrated 72-hour reserve of the latest Rolex Daytona. This is particularly useful for an owner who likes to rotate through a collection of watches without concern that his Panerai will stop if left for a day or two. An hour hand that can be set independently of the minute hand also drives the date forward and backward with no consequence to the movement. It's a thoughtful refinement for those who often travel with their watches. A stop-seconds mechanism allows the user to halt the seconds hand and set the watch precisely to a reference time such as an atomic clock. This Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Ceramica PAM 508 is available with full Officine Panerai factory boxes, papers, manuals, and accessories at thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.