Of the new lineup of Submersible’s that Panerai recently introduced, one stood apart: the Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo. Not only because it remains unapologetically large with a diameter of 47mm, but also because of the material it is made of: Bronze.
Bronze watches have been a niche trend for quite some time now. It is a very traditional and old alloy of copper combined with pure tin. When polished it has that unique golden red tone to it, but it has mostly been used in nautical circles for its highly corrosive resistance.
Panerai plays with the color of this material and creates a nice contrast with the deep blue dial, while the Super Luminova applied to the hands and indexes match the bronze. Even the date gets a special color treatment, and it all results in a very balanced look.
Inside ticks automatic manufacture caliber P.9010. With most bronze watches the movement is not visible, but hidden behind a case back. Panerai decided to make give the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo a display back, featuring a sapphire crystal set in titanium.
To come back to that diameter, 47mm is large for most people, and with a case crafted out of bronze, you also have a substantial weight around the wrist. However, isn’t that the point? Even among Panerai has the Submersible always been one of the biggest and boldest, and in this case, it means all the more real estate to have that unique patina appear. After all, that is the reason why most people want a bronze watch.