Watches: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Destro 3 Days Automatic Titanio

By Thierry Ané on July 18, 2014

“Destro” in Panerai's parlance means “left-handed”, that is to say timepieces with the crown placed at 9 o'clock instead of the usual 3 o'clock position. It is named “left-handed” because it is supposed to be easier for left-handed watch lovers to wind the watch while still wearing it. As a matter of fact, and quite paradoxically, I think that these "destro" models are perfect for the right-handed watch aficionados who wear their watches on the left wrist: the crown is then perfectly placed on the inner side of your wrist and cannot harm you in any way. This is particularly important with Panerai’s Luminor models due to the presence of the huge iconic crown protector that can become unpleasant when it bangs on your wrist. Of course you can no longer wind the watch on your wrist but who does that anyway? It is the perfect way to damage the crown stem!

These “destro” watches are kind of a Panerai tradition and, to my knowledge, no other brand offers so many left-handed models in its collections. This July, the Neuchâtel-based manufacture unveils yet another such timepiece: the Luminor Submersible 1950 Destro 3 Days Automatic Titano if you want to call it by its full name or the “PAM 569” as it will be known among “Paneristi”. It belongs to Panerai’s true diving models, the “Luminor Submersible”, recognisable by the presence of a rotating diver’s bezel. Consistent with its underwater origin, it boasts a water resistance to a depth of 300 meters.

This 47 mm watch with a cushion-shaped case in pure Panerai style is crafted in Grade 5 brushed titanium. Light, strong, hypoallergenic and impervious to corrosion by salt water, this quality of titanium often used for aerospace and military applications is perfectly adapted to the sturdiness of this diving model. Aesthetically, it also gives the watch this particular hue so much nicer than that of stainless steel and perfectly adapted to the vintage look of this timepiece.

Indeed, the PAM 569 showcases a sort of “aged” look with its natural brown leather strap with ecru stitches and the presence of vintage sand-coloured SuperLumiova on the applied circular and baton hour markers as well as on the top of the skeletonized hours and minutes hands. The Clous de Paris decoration (also called Paris hobnails) on the black dial also reinforces the vintage appeal of this Luminor Submersible model and brings a truly refined touch to this sports watch.

The full case back presents the usual “Officine Panerai Submersible” inscription on its circumference as well as a nice engraving of a Slow Runing Torpedo (baptised the "Maiale") with two military divers on it. In the dark, this PAM 569 loses nothing of its incredible legibility as the abundant SuperLuminova offers a powerful green glow that stands out perfectly on the black dial.

This “Special Edition” model is limited to 1,000 pieces and comes in a luxury pear wood presentation box that includes a black rubber replacement strap in case you actually want to dive with the watch (or simply go to the pool with it for that matter!). it also contains a strap replacement tool and a steel screwdriver like all Panerai’s models.

For more information please visit the Officine Panerai web site.

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