This year, the renowned Swiss watchmaker with Italian roots relunched its highly successful series, presented in 2011 as the brand’s very first model with a bronze case. New special edition of a Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic watch has preserved all the design and mechanical qualities of the first Bronzo, and even emphasized them with the addition of an arc-shaped power-reserve indicator. This amazing timepiece that in a beautiful way shows signs of aging comes in the limited edition of 1,000 pieces, which is a pretty reasonable number, considering a high popularity of its predecessor.
A brushed bronze case has the diameter of 47 mm which is pretty robust, but also pretty usual size for the brand’s diving watches. It features an anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel, attached to the case by the brand’s patented system. This provides a precise motion of the bezel ring from one click to the next, during the calculations of diving time. The studded bezel has a look of an antiquity, featuring a carved 15-minute scale and a coin edge. The case also incorporates a classic bridge device with the locking lever which protects the crown and ensures its superb water-resistance.
CuSn8 bronze, from which the case and the bezel are crafted, is a very tough material, resistant to corrosion, but it also has the high aesthetic potential. Reacting with external agents, such as air, humidity and heat, bronze forms the patina that provides a very cool sign of aging visible on the watch. The great thing is that this patina does not affect the quality of material and the primary polished shine of the watch can always be restored.
A great looking military green dial perfectly matches bronze color and a vintage brown leather strap. As I have already mentioned, the new feature – power-reserve indicator, is placed at the 5 o’clock position, complementing the small-seconds sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position and the small seconds sub-dial, located at the 3 o’clock position. Applied hour markers in shape of dots and bars are highly legible, as well as central hour and minute hands. The dial is protected by 2.9 mm thick, anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Sapphire crystal is also used for the case-back, making the inner-pats visible. It is a Panerai P.9002 Calibre self-winding movement that powers the watch. Made of 237 pars, icluding 29 jewels, this mechanism with a Glucydur balance and Incabloc anti-shock device beats with 28’800 alternations per hour and ensures 3 days of power-reserve, thanks to two barrels.
It also incorporates a device for zeroing the seconds, as well as the system for quick adjustment of time, by moving a hand back and forward in jumps of one hour with no influence on the watch operations. Just as its predecessor, the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo watch has the superb water-resistance of up to 300 meters (990 feet).