In 2011, Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai unleashed a true behemoth in the form of a bronze diving watch. Between its heavyweight construction, rich patina, and robust functionality, the watch became a modern-day benchmark for a brand with no shortage of achievements already under its belt. Now, a new Panerai Submersible Bronzo (PAM 968) has joined the bronze collection, taking direct design cues from its 2011 predecessor. As such, it delivers 161 grams of heavy metal and an impressive 47mm case. This piece is “for heroes only,” according to the brand. Do you have what it takes to wear one?
Featured on the new Panerai Submersible Bronzo are a rugged brown dial and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a micro-sandblasted brown ceramic disc. The professional diving watch is water-resistant to 30 bar and completely legible in even the darkest of conditions. Under the skin is P.9010 Manufacture calibre, which is wound by a bidirectional oscillating weight and fitted with a mechanical device for rapid hour hand adjustments.
Brimming with utility, the Panerai Submersible Bronzo hosts a small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, to signify that the watch is running properly in the midst of any activity. Along similar lines, the rotating bezel calculates the safe duration of each dive. Sealing the deal is a natural brown leather strap, while an alternate strap of military green rubber is also provided with purchase. This muscular watch can be all yours for $23,100 AUD.