When the new CEO of Panerai J.M. Pontroue arrived, he said very clearly; the company was going to return to work in the line of masculine watches and with special attention to the Submersibles.
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This model was exclusively designed and produced with divers in mind with the help of world record holder free diver Guillaume Néry. Panerai’s latest ambassador embodies a lot of what the brand holds dear to it’s DNA, a rich diving history and exploring beyond the known.
The PAM982 features 47mm diameter case that is made out of titanium which saves a lot of weight for such a sizable watch. The watch is water resistant up to 300 meters and features for the first time a dark blue uni-directional ceramic bezel to keep track of dive time. The dial on this piece introduces a new style to the Panerai lineup, featuring a textured shark grey colored dial that almost looks a lot like the bottom of the ocean floor with gravel and sand. Complimenting the dark blue ceramic bezel, the chronograph function and sub dial hands are done in the iconic Panerai light blue that we have grown accustom to on a lot of the newer pieces.
The PAM982 features a blue Super LumiNOVA as opposed to the typical green that we see on many other Panerai pieces. This particular submersible like the PAM615 features screw down chronograph pushers to ensure that the watch can withstand the 300M rating that it comes with. Finishing it off is a lightly domed crystal and a solid titanium case back that is etched with an illustration of Guillaume Néry setting the record for the deepest dive on one breath of 126 feet. The watch comes on one of the newer Panerai blue rubber straps to match the blue accents on the actual watch.
I do have to say that I wish that Panerai had decided to actually match all of the blue tones on the watch to make it a bit more fluid. I would have been happy if all of the blue were the same color as the dark blue ceramic bezel. Currently the way that the watch is setup, you have essentially have 3 different shades of blue between the bezel, hands, and strap. From initial responses to the watch, which have been very favorable, some enthusiast actually like the contrast of all the blue on the PAM982 and believe it gives it a bit of character. In no way is it a deal breaker for me on this piece, but just a minor annoyance.
Powering the PAM982 is the workhorse P.9100 Calibre manufactured in-house in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It features 37 jewel self winding chronograph movement that beats at 28,800 vph with a 3 day power reserve when it is fully wound. Along with the Flyback Chronograph feature, the P.9100 also comes with a reset-t0-zero function that allows you to synchronize the watch with much effort.
Guillaume Néry is the new ambassador of the Panerai brand, freediving diver holds the world record in depth.
In september 2013, during the mini competition right before the Individual World Championship, Guillaume Néry did a dive at -125m on a single breath of air. The dive was 3’30” long (2’00 to get down – 1’30” to come up). The competition was organized in the bay of Kalamata – Greece.
This dive is the second deepest dive in freediving history (in the unassisted disciplines). Guillaume is now 3 meters from the world records. Guillaume is a french freediver born in 1982, living in Nice – France.
He broke the World Record 4 times (2002: 87m, 2004: 96m, 2006: 109m, 2008: 113m) and won 2 World Champion titles (2008 in Egypt at the Team World Championship – 2011 in Greece at the Individual World Championship).
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