It might seem like it, but Panerai was not the first company to make a bronze watch when they launched the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo PAM 382 in 2011. Instead, that honour goes to legendary watch designer Gerald Genta, who created the Gefica Safari in 1984 for a trio of hunters.
That said, the Panerai Bronzo PAM 382 was the OG that started the new Bronze Age in watchmaking, and launched a craze that saw many other brands jumping on board to make timepieces that looked like they might have been built for seafarers centuries ago.
In spite of the many contenders that have followed, however, the Bronzo continues to hold its own, as it proves once again with its fifth and latest iteration, the Submersible Bronzo Blu Abisso PAM 1074. For the first time, the Bronzo has been made in a much more wearable case size of 42mm instead of 47mm, following the presumed success of the 42mm Submersible models launched in recent years.
Ahead, we list a few things you need to know about this heavy metal star.