Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3-Days Automatic PAM 692 Watch Hands-On

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3-Days Automatic PAM 692 Watch Hands-On

It might be the uncommon watch geek (that happens to likewise be a materials science geek) who will actually want to completely value why Panerai concluded it was a smart thought to note “BMG-TECH” on the dial of a Luminor Submersible as a method of informing you concerning the watch case materials. Panerai themselves allude to the estimation of the PAM 692 (appeared on aBlogtoWatch here) just like a “invisible innovation.” it could be said that is something to be thankful for with regards to the allure of mass metallic glass. What is covered up in the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3-Days Automatic PAM 692 is a hint at what future materials will be progressively utilized in watches.

All pictures by David Bredan

The notoriety of ceramic, for instance, exhibits a genuine requirement for watchmakers to move past conventional metals. The choice to work with non-metallic case materials isn’t pretty much being popular and chic, however is frequently identified with genuine incentive for the shopper. While we are on the subject of ceramic, for sure it was a material that permitted you to have a forever white case. It likewise took into account significant degrees of scratch opposition just as protection from different chemicals.


Panerai likes to try different things with new case materials consistently – so the way that they would take an item and make it out of mass metallic glass isn’t especially novel. So, if BMG-TECH demonstrates savvy to create and famous with clients, I think it has large potential. To put it plainly, mass metallic glass is a metal composite with a nebulous construction versus a glasslike structure. This considers less surface blemishes in the base material, that converts into various advantages for the consumer.

Compared to customary treated steel, mass metallic glass is 2-3 times more grounded and more scratch safe, lighter in weight, harder as far as unbending nature, and furthermore more consumption safe. I think the appeal to brands like Panerai (notwithstanding wishing to carry new an incentive to their shoppers) is to have materials that permit them to improve items all the more without any problem. I’m not a specialist, but rather my arrangement is that a compound like mass metallic glass can be machined to glance alluring in either less advances or more straightforward advances given the less blemishes in the material. In the event that this is valid, watchmakers would incline toward it since it would permit them to make ideal-cleaned cases all the more effectively and in the event that they need overhauling, they can be cleaned all the more without any problem. It, obviously, helps that buyers will appreciate the extra added durability.

Unlike steel, mass metallic glass has significantly more zirconium in it (which is the reason it has “glass” in the name), and it additionally turns out to be non-ferrous (not attractive). Panerai says that their specific mass metallic glass amalgam mix comprises of zirconium, copper, aluminum, titanium, and nickel. What is important is that BMG-TECH looks a ton like steel, and can be enhanced like steel – however it isn’t steel. Other elective materials to metals tragically don’t look like metals – regardless of whether they are liked by purchasers and offer assembling benefits. Mass metallic glass is basically a metal combination, so it tends to be cleaned like metal, and is intense like metal in that a fall on a hard surface could never break it (a chance with earthenware). So the objective here is to discover materials that offer a similar stylish allure as a metal, yet that are simpler to deliver into finely-completed parts, and that offer purchasers clear toughness benefits.


Other brands utilize different sorts of combinations, for example, this for watch cases. I review that Audemars Piguet some of the time utilize a material they call “Cermet” (ceramic metal) for bezels and maybe as a whole case material. The advantage of cermet was like BMG-TECH in that it was intense like earthenware yet had the visual appearance of metal. Cermet was somewhat more obscure in shade, so it persuades that mass metallic glass may be somewhat of an alternate definition for this Panerai PAM 692. The caseback is titanium, which likewise turns out to be the piece of the case with the most detail. My impulses disclose to me that while mass metallic glass is a compelling material, it is more enthusiastically (and consequently more costly) to machine than most metals.

If mass metallic glass surely ends up being simple and astute to industrialize, at that point I figure buyers will profit by a material that is simpler to really focus on and will look fresher longer. Despite the fact that watch visual plan and mechanical development technology seem to advance frigidly, the watch business has consistently been accommodating to fascinating materials and shadings for their items. All the more in this way, they have promptly embraced fresher materials over more seasoned ones on the off chance that they are more compelling. Consider for instance the move from acrylic gems to ones made out of sapphire precious stone (and what a serious deal that was), or the move from aluminum to earthenware bezel embeds on specific watches. Every one of these material selections happened (for the watch business) rapidly. In this manner, developments in the event that material technology – if efficient on all closures – has a high probability of being received by the brands.

Let’s get back to the Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3-Days Automatic PAM 692, that is generally an altogether competent, though mediocre Panerai that you may never know had something else about it in the event that somebody didn’t advise you ahead of time. David from our group took photos of the watch, and I review in the riotous conditions of SIHH 2017 I didn’t mull over the watch subsequent to dealing with it. It isn’t terrible or anything, simply not something that offers an excessive amount of advantage over a standard Luminor Submersible for current owners.

All that being said, this is quite possibly the most “big personality” yet rich looking retro-styled plunging watches I’ve as of late seen. Other than the hands, which I feel are somewhat on the thickset side, this is an extremely appealing and valuable base watch that is sufficiently extraordinary among Panerai items to feel non-nonexclusive. It likewise turns out to be a genuine diver’s watch, which causes it to feel all the more truly “Panerai” given the brand’s center history and reason for existing.

The mass metallic glass case is 47mm wide – and yes it wears huge (however comfortably). To the extent we realize the case measurements are equivalent to some other Luminor Submersible 1950 model. Inside the 300m water safe case is an in-house made Panerai P.9000 automatic development with three days of force hold. Elaborately, the dial is set apart by shades of blue including a hazier blue dial, with lighter-blue accents blended in with steel-hued elements.

Attached to the Luminor Submerisble 1950 BMG-TECH case is a basic dark elastic jumping style tie. In the event that one didn’t know better, you’d nearly think Panerai needed to be circumspect regarding why it was utilizing this specific sort of case material. The Panerai site itself talks about mass metallic glass in a technical manner, yet kind of neglects to arrive at the point with their message on why shoppers may pick the material. All the more along these lines, the PAM 692 isn’t important for a restricted release, so it implies Panerai is genuinely inquisitive to perceive how the material does on the lookout and is liberal to growing creation. Cost for the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH 3-Days Automatic PAM 692, is a grand $10,200 USD. panerai.com