Saturday, February 11, 2017

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (With New P.9010 Automatic Calibre)

The Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel is enhancing the history of the Luminor Marina by presenting the new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic, fitted with the new P.9010 automatic calibre with a power reserve of three days.

The Luminor Marina was the first great success in the history of the Panerai brand. In the 1990s, after decades of creations produced for the Italian Navy which were for many years covered by military secrecy, the Luminor with the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock was one of the models which helped to make the Panerai brand known throughout the world, with its watches becoming icons of contemporary high quality sports watchmaking.
The new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic models differ in their dimensions, finish, materials and creative dial designs, but they share the functions and technical characteristics of the same movement, and all of them are developed from the Luminor 1950 case. This case is faithful to the historic design with the device protecting the winding crown made for the Italian Navy in the 1940s and 1950s, but it is now presented with subtly modified proportions: the dimensions of the new calibre have enabled the case to be much thinner and lighter than those of the models already in collection.
The automatic P.9010 calibre, entirely developed and created in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, has central hour and minute hands, the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock. The energy necessary to accumulate a power reserve of three days – the basic standard for Panerai in-house movements – is stored in two spring barrels whose springs are wound by an oscillating weight operating in both directions.
Consisting of 200 components including 31 jewels, the calibre has a diameter of 13¾ lignes and it is 6 mm thick. The balance, fixed by a bridge with twin supports, oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). It is associated with the device which stops it as soon as the winding crown is pulled out, enabling the watch to be perfectly synchronised with a reference signal. In the P.9010 calibre the hours can be conveniently adjusted without interfering with the movement of the minute hand, thanks to the device which directly moves only the relative hand in jumps of one hour forward or backwards. This function is very useful when changing time zones or moving between summer time and winter time, and conveniently the adjustment of the hour hand is automatically connected to the date indicator.
The collection of the new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio includes five different models, all with the Luminor 1950 case in steel and the automatic P.9010 movement with a power reserve of three days. The main new feature, compared to the previous models with similar technical characteristics, is that the construction of the new P.9010 calibre has enabled the Panerai designers to make a significant reduction in the weight and thickness of the case, so that it is just 13.2 mm thick in the models 42 mm in diameter and 15.6 mm in those which are 44 mm in diameter. In all the versions, the movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal porthole in the caseback.
The new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio is available with the white dial, with a case 42 mm in diameter (PAM01523) or 44 mm (PAM01499). The dial design of these watches, with the hours marked by figures and dots and the date window at 3 o’clock, has an aesthetic detail which identifies all the models of this collection: the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock is an intense Panerai blue. The Assolutamente strap is in brown leather, which has not been chemically treated, and its contrasting ecru stitching harmonises with the tone of the Super-LumiNova® which makes the time visible even in darkness.
Similarly, the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio is available with a diameter of 42 mm (PAM01392) or 44 mm (PAM01312), with the black “sandwich” dial in the classic Panerai style: large figures at the cardinal points, bar hour markers, the small seconds dial – with a blue hand – at 9 o’clock and the date window at 3 o’clock. In these models the strap is of black alligator with contrasting ecru stitching. Another version is available with figures marking all the hours (PAM01359) and a black leather strap.
Like all Panerai watches, the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio models are designed to work perfectly when used underwater: the cases are made of a stainless steel alloy (AISI 316L) which excels at resisting corrosion, and the legendary Panerai water-resistance is guaranteed to 10 bar (about 100 metres) for the 42 mm models and to 30 bar (about 300 metres) for the 44 mm models.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic mechanical, P.9010 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 72 h

Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 42mm, PAM01523
Case: 42 mm, AISI 316L polished steel
Dial: White with Arabic numerals and luminous dot markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~100 metres).

Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 42mm, PAM01392
Case: 42 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~100 metres).

Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm, PAM01499
Case: 44 mm, AISI 316L polished steel
Dial: White with Arabic numerals and luminous dot markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock
Water-resistance: 30 bar (~300 metres)

Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm, PAM01312
Case: 44 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Water-resistance: 30 bar (~300 metres)

Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm, PAM01359
Case: 44 mm, AISI 316L polished steel
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour marker.
Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Water-resistance: 30 bar (~300 metres)

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