Let’s discuss caliber P.5000 to get a Moment. It’s a significant engine: two mainspring barrels which you may easily see running in the two large jewels, providing eight days of running time at 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in series, pushing torque through a very classically organized going train, with the center wheel visible through a large cutout in the plate. I suppose technically speaking we’d have to call this a 3/4 plate motion as the third wheel bridge is not really a bridge at the usual sense of the word, but instead the result of producing the cutout. That cutout plus the shape of the major plate around the balance give a really aesthetically pleasing, but nevertheless pragmatic impact, which is completely suitable for what was, after all, originally intended to be an instrument lookout, plain and simple. The going train is arranged so that the fourth wheel is just opposite the crown, which is exactly where you would find it into a pocket watch, and if you would like a small seconds dial in which it might happen to be in one of the Angelus pocket opinion powered Panerais all you have to do is run the wheel pivot through the dial and place a hand on it (that was exactly what Panerai Watches Vs Cartier Replica did together with the PAM 510).The balance, which is held in place by a really solid looking bridge, looks a little small for the motion but then again, that is probably only because the motion’s so large; at 15 3/4 lignes, or just about 35.7 mm, it is a pocket — watch rather than a wristwatch grade (unless you are at the bigger-than-average-wristwatch company, which Panerai manifestly is). Overall, we think that it’s an impressive bit of work — we’ve used the word hardy and sturdiness is very much the takeaway impression one has of this P.5000. Interestingly enough, incidentally, the P.5000 includes a free-sprung, adjustable mass balance, which is a very nice touch, particularly at this price point — if you look closely at what seems like the regulator you’ll see that it is actually not a regulator, but a stud carrier (that is, the carrier for the stud to what the outer terminal of the balance spring is attached). The screws holding the equilibrium bridge set up run through threaded collars onto the bridge and may be employed to adjust end-shake (the quantity of vertical “play” between the ends of the balance staff as well as the endstones of the shock-jewel assembly.
Probably the only Panerai wristwatch that still sells for more than its original retail price (oh how times change), the Luminor Submersible Bronzo has enjoyed remarkable robustness of demand. The third iteration was unveiled just earlier this year, and now the total number of variants is four, with the latest being a one of a kind variant put together for a British charity.
Soon to be sold online at Sotheby’s, the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM00907 has a dark brown dial, in contrast to the military green and blue dials of the limited edition versions (the PAM 382, PAM 507 and PAM 671 respectively). Dial colour aside it is otherwise identical to the most recent Bronzo PAM 671 unveiled earlier this year, being powered by the P.9010 automatic movement that shows the time and date. Besides the watch, the winner of the lot will also get to visit the capacious, two-storey new Panerai boutique on New Bond Street.
Named The Panerai Experience Online, the auction runs from November 30 to December 15, and includes several other watches made specifically for the event. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Royal Yachting Association to help support Onboard, a programme that helps young people from all backgrounds go sailing (presumably only those who can’t afford a boat).
Once bidding is open, the catalogue and online bidding will be available on Sothebys.com.