It’s a dive watch that doubles as a depth gauge. And it’s huge. The Panerai Luminor Submersible Depth Gauge PAM 193 is the equivalent of a “Swiss Army watch.”
With an automatic winding system, a diving bezel, a METAS-certified depth gauge, a COSC chronometer movement, two accessory straps, and a full factory accessory set, this Luminor Submersible PAM 193 will give any red knife a run for its money.
Originally released in 2007 as the first Panerai dive watch with an integrated depth gauge (the PAM 307 of 2008 was the second), the PAM 193 carried the Luminor Submersible into a new era of dive technology while paying tribute to the Panerai combat dive instruments of the firm’s storied past.
Historically, Officine Panerai was a manufacturer of naval “instruments” – not watches -for the Italian armed forces. Depth gauges for divers, combat compasses for amphibious forces, signal lights, and “Radiomir”-illuminated navigation tools were Panerai’s specialty.
The Luminor Submersible PAM 193 recalls these formative years with its mechanical depth gauge complication. Panerai rates this watch to 120 meter; that is the company’s estimate of the maximum safe depth for amateur divers. While the historic Panerai “Trittico” of a dive watch, depth gauge, and submersible compass represents a “grail” target for many Paneristi, the PAM 193 combines two of the trifecta in a single no-nonsense tool.
The 47mm case is no joke. Panerai built this one big and strong for use as a life-support tool. To emphasize the scope of its concern for scientific precision, each PAM 193 was certified by METAS, the Swiss federal agency now responsible for assessing Omega’s new generation of chronometers. Panerai has been there, done that.
But the Luminor Submersible PAM 193 is a chronometer as well as a certified dive tool. The COSC-certified Panerai automatic caliber is as tough as the case itself.
Dive watches with integrated mechanical depth gauges are exotic pieces and rarely seen. This PAM 193 is a true prize for hardcore Paneristi who seek to collect the company’s rarest, most elaborate, most imaginative, and most distinctive models. If you’re the Panerai collector who “has it all,” chances are that even YOU don’t have one of these.
See this exceptional Panerai Luminor Submersible Depth Gauge PAM 193 on www.watchuwant.com with factory accessories, including a second strap constructed from natural latex rubber. Video and content by Tim Mosso.