Panerai Submersible 42mm: Malaysia Price And Review

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Panerai proves smaller can be better.

Panerai Submersible 42mm

This year has seen the release of two Panerai Submersibles with a 42mm case diameter — decidedly more wrist-friendly but still impressive enough to be a genuine reflection of the Italian diving legend’s DNA.

After all, who can forget that when its pieces became commercially available for the first time in the 1990s, they made everyone else look minuscule in comparison? While most watch cases fell between 36mm and 38mm in size, Panerai came roaring in at a whopping 44mm to 47mm, instantly rewriting the standard for not only sports watches, but also dress ones.

In this regard, both Submersibles are the whole package. They have all the key features that one has come to associate with a professional diving watch by Panerai. Cushion-shaped, brushed steel case? Check. Applied ceramic disc on a unidirectional rotating bezel? Iconic crown protector? Check and check.

Panerai Submersible 42mm
Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00683

The resulting profile is unquestionably powerful, rugged and, dare we say, a little intimidating — not unlike their much larger siblings. Yet, at the same time, these unconventionally handsome characters would look as good in the water with a wetsuit as they would out of it with a pinstriped one.

The main difference between the two Submersibles lies in their colour schemes. The PAM00683 — with its dial, ceramic disc and rubber strap all in black — comes across as the more sophisticated of the two.

Panerai Submersible 42mm
Panerai Submersible 42mm PAM00959

PAM00959, on the other hand, has an altogether sportier demeanour. It has an applied blue ceramic disc surrounding a distinctively textured shark grey dial, with matching blue rubber strap.

In both models, the small seconds hand, essential for checking that the watch is running during a dive, is Panerai blue and rotates in the sub-dial at nine o’clock. Its date counterpart is found at three o’clock. The hour markers and dots, small seconds counter and two skeleton hands are all luminous, making them clearly legible in challenging low-light conditions.

Panerai Submersible 42mm The watches are powered by the OP XXXIV Manufacture calibre, an automatic movement with a power reserve of 72 hours that is the basic standard of Panerai movements. It is protected with the patented Incabloc anti-shock device, and water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres.

And so, Panerai may have single-handedly kickstarted the outsized trend, but even the king of monster watches has come to recognise that sometimes a smaller size does matter.

Case

42mm stainless steel

Dial

Black or Shark grey, luminous hour markers and dots, date at three o'clock, small seconds at nine o'clock

Movement

In-house self-winding Calibre OP XXXIV

Strap

Black or dark blue caoutchouc strap with trapezoidal brushed steel buckle

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time

Price

RM36,800

Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.



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