The Limited Edition Panerai Submersible Azzurro 42MM
The Panerai Submersible is the most rugged watch Panerai currently makes, a highly water-resistant dive watch with a large luminous scale and unidirectional bezel. Until recently, the Submersible has been part of the larger Luminor collection, but since 2019 it has been broken out as its own proper tool fake watch collection. Today, we’re looking at a limited edition stainless steel Submersible Azzurro, which is Italian for “light blue.” Its design is a blend of the two core stainless steel Submersibles released early last year.
The movement is the same, with the same 72-hour power reserve and 28,800 Vph rate, but it’s now called the P.900.You may recall that last year’s main Subs used a movement known as the OP XXXIV, which Panerai renamed the P.900.In all three models, the movement is tucked behind a screw-down stainless steel case back. The price is also in line with the unlimited versions mentioned above.
Two of Panerai’s recent releases, my favorites being the PAM00959 and the PAM00683, are this generation’s mainline Submersibles. the former, with its blue bezel and sharkskin-colored textured dial, brings a fresh and summery touch to the Submersible, which I found quite irresistible when I first saw it, and which I still consider being The Submersible is the best Submersible design to date. The latter takes on a more classic style with a black dial and black ceramic bezel. When I first saw the new Submersible Azzuro, it immediately struck me as a beautiful combination of the aesthetics of these replica watches. The black rubber strap provides a pop of color on the bezel as a nice accent without distracting from the classic Submersible look.
I really like Panerai’s decision to make the Submersible collection stand alone. You’ll notice that these models are no longer Luminor Submersibles; first, the Submersible has enough variations, complications, and limited editions to justify its existence as a separate pillar of Panerai’s collection; and second, it’s a legitimate tool watch, whereas some of Panerai’s other recent offerings are not – such as the 30m The Luminor Due model. Aside from the fact that the Luminor and Radiomir are, in my opinion, a legitimate design object, there is no mistaking that the Submersible is a rugged tool watch for divers, and with the new taxonomy, there is no mistaking that.
The Panerai Submersible Azzurro 42MM Limited Edition of 500 pieces will be available exclusively through Panerai’s own e-commerce platform starting in September, but if you’re interested in getting your hands on one sooner, the brand says it’s taking reservations now.