Saturday, September 19

The New Panerai Luminor Marina

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Panerai’s iconic watch, the Luminor Marina, is now presented in a new version with the P.9010 Manufacture automatic mechanical movement.

The Case and Dial

Available in sizes of 42 or 44 millimetres, the new Luminor Marina has a brand new silver-coloured dial, with a special brushed finish formed of vertical stripes, and large figures covered with white luminous material. Symmetrical with the date at 3 o’clock is the counter at 9 o’clock in which the blue small seconds hand rotates, blue being the colour of Panerai and the sea, the element with which the brand has always been historically linked.

The key difference between the new Luminor Marina and the previous generation is in the bracelet design and a slimmer case profile. The new edition wears slimmer due to the thinner 9000 caliber. The iconic sandwich dial is also replaced with a more modern dial with applied indices.

The case, made of AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy particularly resistant to corrosion, uses the same center case design. The trademark crown guard motif is also replayed in the bracelet links. Bracelet design is a plus for the watch, using more intermediate link joints to create a better fit for any wrist. The ergonomic wear is achieved while maintaining the relatively large link crown guard motif.

The Movement

The bidirectional winding P.9010 Manufacture movement, automatic with a power reserve of three days, can be admired through a sapphire glass caseback. The calibre uses the same display as with previous generation calibers, with a seconds at 9 subdial. It is also fit with a hacking mechanism, and a quick adjust hour hand. This is especially useful for frequent travellers. To note however, the P.9010 does not come with a quickset date function.

The two versions of the new Luminor Marina with a diameter of 42 mm (PAM00977) and 44 mm (PAM00978) are water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres ) and 300 bar (300 metres) respectively.

Concluding thoughts

The watch is priced competitively as a modern entry level luxury sports watch. The slimmer than before case profile and iconic design makes for an appealing daily wear. Armed with a 3 days automatic movement and 300m water resistance, the Panerai Luminor Marina is priced at S$12,900.

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  1. Who cares, who uses their watch in deep water anyways. When I dive I use a G shock.

  2. Panerai is making some big mistakes on two dimensions- first, compromising the tool characteristics of some of their watches- 300m should be standard, period.

    Second the pricing is just too high for the market. So these watches sell cheap and re sell cheaper, which is bad for the brand.

    I picked up a 797 last week, quite happy with it, but declined a gmt due to water resistance rating compromise and the 42mm submersible due to ridiculous pricing and lack of anything distinguishable above a Seiko Prospex. The latter watch should sell for about 50 percent less and even then it’s hard to justify.

    The brand desperately needs new management with new vision.

  3. I don’t understand why Panerai would make the 42mm with only 100 meters water resistance while allowing for 300 meters water resistance for the 44mm version. Both deserve the higher rating. It doesn’t make sense to have the same case except for the 2mm difference in size and have such a difference in water resistance rating and in addition put a glass back on the cases. Obviously Panerai is not making this watch for the diving community but more for show for the “sport look”. The original Luminor Marina seemed to be more in line with the aesthetics of the intent of what the watch was made for. Having said that however, I would still take the newer version of this Panerai over the Rolex Submariner as Rolex has become so full of themselves that they believe their own hype to the point they don’t even make their watches available for sale. They have truly become a parody of themselves. Their arrogance has become so self-fulfilling that I would wear the Panerai version with its flaws before I’d touch Rolex.