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Seeing the new Panerai watches for 2011 might have you doing a double take. The reason being that you are looking to see exactly what is new. Panerai's new releases are extremely in line with the current collection in terms of looks and features - making it hard to for all but dedicated experts to see what is new. While not a new watch in the grands scheme of things, the most talked about new Panerai is the PAM00382, a Luminor Submersible model in a bronze case.
The 47mm wide watch contains Panerai's newer in-house made P.9000 automatic movmeent that has a 3 day power reserve. The full name of the watch is the quite long, "Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo." That little "bronzo" part always makes chuckle. Why did Panerai use bronze for the case? Not really sure. The brand's vintage style pieces do very well, and most any watch does in bronze looks vintage. Reason enough? Bronze is a strong metal that is resistant to corrosion, but does develop a patina over time that changes the look of the metal a bit. It also doesn't polish very evenly, giving it an antique or rough feel to it. Those who love an evenly polished steel case will not necessarily appreciate this look. Panerai collector's will likely love it, and the look of bronze does match the Sub's look nicely. The diving watch has a rotating diver's bezel and is water resistant to 300 meters.
Attached to the watch is a "aged" leather strap, but Panerai also gives you a rubber strap. The PAM00382 will be part of a limited edition. Panerai will make just 1000 pieces of this model and will likely debut additional bronze watches in the near future is this diver is a sucess.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.