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SIHH 2019: Panerai Submersible Carbotech Marina Militare 47 mm references PAM 961 and 979.

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While till then Panerai Marina Militare were the apanage of the Luminor line, at the exception of the Radiomir PAM 339, we have, this year a revolution with the introduction of 2 " Marina Militare  Submersible ", the PAM 961 and the PAM 979. 

The PAM 961: 

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The PAM 979: 

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Truth to be told, I don't understand some things, here. 

First of all, why two very close Submersible badged Marina Militare? Indeed, both come with the same case, bezel, case back ( Carbotech for the case and bezel / Blackened Titanium for the case back ) and dial ( Carbon ). 

PAM 961: 

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PAM 979: 

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Same movement, too, with the Cal 9010, automatic, 3 days power reserve, with the possibility to adjust the hours independently from the minutes. 

Then, why a difference of 20, 000 euros between these 2 ( 39, 900 Euros for the PAM 961, 19, 900 Euros for the PAM 979 )... The fact that the PAM 961 is limited to 33 pieces and that you will be offered a training day with the Italian Marine Commandos doesn't justify such a difference in price, in my opinion. 

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It seems it is the year of the Submersible, for Panerai, with other watches unveiled from the same line, especially the Luna Rossa... 

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I would have loved to see some stuff for the old school guys among us, to tell you all. 

And why not, a Marina Militare in the Submersible line, and another Marina Militare in the Luminor line.

But two Marina Militare Submersible? I really don't get it. 

And even the price of the PAM 979 is very high... When you think that a PAM 587 Marina Militare is half the price, but not half the desirability of the 979... 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,

Best.

Nicolas

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Mr.Gatsby February 5th, 2019-01:16
You raised some very valid questions First things first. The use of ‘Marina Militare’ on the dial has always been used sparingly and amongst Paneristi collectors, is considered somewhat special and a rarity. So I ask the rhetorical question, why cheapen the lineage of Panerai, Marina Militar... 
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amanico February 5th, 2019-01:20
Cheapening... That was the word I was looking for. The PAM 979 is too much, for me. One is ok, and why not the PAM 961 only. I have to agree 100% with your thoughts, my friend.  
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Mr.Gatsby February 5th, 2019-01:24
Also one more thing  For the 961, what is the reason only 33 pieces are made? I don’t understand. For something to be this limited, there must be a special meaning behind it. For me I don’t know if there is one. If there is no special meaning why can’t it be at least 50 to 10... 
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Beef February 6th, 2019-07:37
A bit of history... Throughout their history the MM has issued medals of Military Valour to 33 of their men, thus the edition of 33.
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Mr.Gatsby February 6th, 2019-21:38
Beef, thanks for sharing this with me Appreciate it
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amanico February 7th, 2019-00:20
Thanks for this precision!  
M4 February 5th, 2019-05:33
The green accent version on the fabric strap is hot! But . . . the price is ridiculous. M4
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amanico February 5th, 2019-07:25
And the indices too. Now, at this price...  
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sergio February 5th, 2019-05:42
The only thing that comes into my mind.... when looking at these two pieces is: "They sure look the part". Rugged, gung-ho, like the tough guys for which they were allegedly produced. A man's watch that will stand out "in a crowd" of gin&tonic guzzling macho men, at a fashionable watering hole... 
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amanico February 5th, 2019-07:26
Sergio, you just killed me. Too good, but I can only agree with that.  
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