viernes, 11 de mayo de 2012

Luminor 1950 Pangaea Submersible Depth Gauge

The Panerai PAM307 is a special edition watch from 2008. The watch has a depth gauge function and an unusual depth rating of 120 metres. Unusual in the sense that most Panerai submersibles have a depth rating of 300 or even 1,000 metres (e.g. the PAM243).

Luminor 1950 Pangaea Submersible Depth Gauge

Another remarkable fact is that the watch is powered by a mechanical OPXV calibre, but the depth gauge function is battery powered. The yellow depth gauge arrow is used to both show the maximum depth of a last dive, and to indicate the remaining battery power.

47mm titanium case, blue dial and yellow depth gauge markers

The dial has a very nice blue color and the depth gauge markers and arrow are yellow. The 47mm case is made out of titanium but the button that is used to operate the depth gauge function is made out of stainless steel, as is the crown. Considering its size, the watch is remarkable light. As may be expected from a dive watch, it comes with a rubber accordion strap with a large size titanium buckle. A second interchangeable strap is also supplied including a push pin tool to change straps and a screw driver to change the buckle.

Caseback with Mike Horn's Pangaea expedition logo

The watch sits high on the wrist, it has a high case but also a rounded case back (above). The case back has the logo of Mike Horn's Pangaea expedition engraved.

1950's case with Reg. T.M. engraved in the crown guard

The PAM307 has a 1950's style case and - shown in the above photo - it has Reg. T.M. engraved in the crown guard. In case you haven't noticed, this is true for all 1950's style Luminor watches, e.g. the 127, 233, 243, 312, 320 and so on.


Elinchrom studio strobe camera left, snooted Nikon SB900 for the background

The above photo is one of my favorites. Normally I use only small Nikon strobes to light the watches, but this time I used a radio triggered (Skyport) Elinchrom studio flash through a large softbox. The light accents were done by use of small Nikon strobes in slave mode. The background in the above photo is gift wrapping paper and the light spot was created with a snooted Nikon SB900 strobe. Using large lights poses many new challenges but it did allow me to make the blue dial pop more than would have been possible with just smaller strobes. Or at least, that's what I think.

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