Take a look through my feed on Instagram and one thing always pops up when I post a 47mm Submersible or even the new 42mm collection. Everyone wants more and more 44mm Submersibles. To a lot of Panerai enthusiasts 47mm is historic, but not everyone can manage that presence on the wrist. Enter in the 42mm which looks great but many started clamoring that it’s too small. So what make these Panerai fans happy? Meeting both sides in the middle and making more 44mm Submersibles.
Coming into Watchers and Wonders 2022 not only did Panerai release more 44mm models, they built their whole experience and focus on the new 44mm line of watches with 7 new submersible models to choose from. Whether conventional steel, recycled eSteel, or Carbotech, Panerai has you covered.
This new group of 44mm Submersible watches are known as the QuarantaQuattro or Forty-Four or Italian. This new group ensures there are more submersible choices for the fans of the 44mm cases. As with the majority of submersible pieces each one features a depth rating of 30 bars or 300 meters thanks to the patented crown that protects the device.
In terms of movement, as with the eSteel 44mm pieces, these use the P.900 caliber automatic movement with 3 days power reserve thanks to its two barrels.
At the core of these three piece are 3 separate models with each having their own unique DNA. First up we have the PAM1229 which is classic blacked dial submersible with white indexes and steel hands accented with a blue sub seconds hand at the 9 o’clock marker and a date window at the 3 o’clock position.
Next up is polar opposite of the PAM1229, the white dialed submersible PAM1226 Bianco uses black outlined hands and indexes to create a monochromatic pop that has amazing legibility.
Last but not least we have my favorite of the 44mm submersible collection. The PAM1232 Submersible Carbotech Blue Abisso. The watch is housed in the lightest material Panerai employs in any of their watches. Creating a forged carbon look that has its own identity and finger print. No two pieces will ever have the same pattern making it unique to the buyer. The crown on this piece is made out of DLC Titanium which matches nicely with the Carbotech Matte black hue. The dial is a gorgeous matte deep blue with white indexes that are outlined in black giving it a nice contrast.
Although these pieces don’t feature recycled materials in their cases like the eSteel models, they do continue their commitment by using straps that are made from recycled materials.
With a commitment to creating these 44mm versions it’s becoming obvious to some extent that the brand does listen to it’s users and tries to mesh their beliefs and plans with that of the clients that love the brand dearly. Are smaller submersibles for everyone? Probably not, but it’s for the segment of the market that has wanted more of them forever.
Movement: Automatic mechanical, P.900 caliber, 12 lignes, 4.2 mm thick, 23 jewels, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc™ anti-shock device. One barrel. 171 components
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time Power Reserve: 3 days
Case: Diameter 44mm. Carbotech™ & Steel anti-clockwise rotating bezel with graduated scale. Screw, titanium with black coating case-back. Carbotech™ Safety Lock crown protection device (protected by trademark). Sapphire crystal formed of corondum
Dial: Blue, White, and Black with luminous hour markers and dots. Date at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock Strap: Caoutchouc Dark blue, STD, 24/22, BA. Trapezoidal titanium with DLC coating buckle Waterproof: 30 bar (~300 meters)
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