Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech Review - 47 MM
The Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech model is the avant-garde of Panerai's updated Submersible collection. This brutal watch, designed for combat diving, also shows excellent results on land, motivating to buy a Panerai watch from this particular collection.
Many fans of the brand, especially those who are also fond of diving, were very encouraged by the decision of the company to make the Submersible series - a former offshoot of the Luminor collection - an independent collection. While the brand's history is deeply rooted in the naval forces and associated submarine operations, for a long time Panerai watches have not been associated with diving in the way that Rolex Submariner, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms or Omega Seamaster do. Panerai's creations are now regarded as a luxury men's watch rather than a functional tool. With the introduction of a separate collection, Submersible, the brand has returned to its position as a manufacturer of serious diving watches.
One of the most eye-catching representatives of the new collection is the Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech - 47 MM, an all-black watch made entirely of Carbotech material, presented to the world in 2015. At the same time, a functional and aesthetic composite material has better parameters than most metals used in the watchmaking industry: lighter than ceramics or titanium, better protected against corrosion and hypoallergenic. The shape of the watch case fits perfectly on the wrist, despite its impressive size, and the clicks of the diver's bezel - one per minute - are clearly audible indoors.
The bezel design sets this model apart from other diving watches the most. The raised dots that rise slightly above the surface of the bezel are divided into a large luminescent dot at 12 o'clock, smaller dots that mark 15-, 30- and 45-minute intervals, and circles marking 5-minute intervals. These markers are reminiscent of the historic 1956 Panerai watch, which inspired the design of the Submersible collection, a 60mm L'Egiziano model.
The carbon-fiber dial maintains an overall “exploration” look - minimalistic time markers, a discreet monochrome design, a mini-seconds dial at 9 o'clock and a small but easily readable date window opposite it. In the dark, all indexes are perfectly visible, thanks to the bright green glow - all important markers are heartily coated with Super-LumiNova.
Behind the caseback, made of black-coated titanium, runs the self-winding P.9010 caliber with a 72-hour power reserve. Like other Panerai calibers, it is equipped with a balance wheel stop system for more accurate time setting, as well as a system for quickly moving the hour hand forward and backward without affecting the running second hand - an important detail for anyone who needs to periodically change time zones.
After winding the watch, it is enough to press down the crown well, and the watch will be reliably protected from immersion up to 300 meters. The model has a rubber strap of a rather brutal look, which securely and comfortably attaches the watch to the wrist.
Overall, the Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech - 47 MM is about twice as expensive as other watches billed as instrumental, but given the modern material and attractive design, it is likely to take its place in the collections and the hearts of the brand's fans. We will wait for technical and aesthetic novelties in future updates of the collection, but for now you can buy new, classic or rare models from Panerai in our watch store at a great price.