Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Alligator strap by Yunjin Roh

It's been a while since I last posted about a Panerai strap. I received two new alligator straps from a new (to me) strap maker who is based in Seoul - South Korea. He makes really nice hand made bespoke straps. Yunjin (his name) asked me to take a few photos of the strap on a PAM292.

Bespoke alligator strap by Yunjin Roh

Panerai PAM292 - Ceramic Radiomir 47mm

I think it's a great match with the black case of the ceramic 292.

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Keeping a blog like this up to date is quite time consuming. It's a lot easier to keep a Facebook page up to date, which is what I'm doing more regularly now. If you want to see more photos of this combo, then have a look at the album on the page on Facebook. You'll also find Yunjin's contact information there.

Photos are © 2013 M.Wilmsen. Feel free to share if not for commercial purposes.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Officine Panerai SIHH 2013 video report

You can find the photos that I took in Geneva in this album on this blog's facebook page, or you can watch this video that I made for an impression of SIHH 2013. The second part of the video has some live clips of the new Panerai watches that were introduced this year.

Officine Panerai SIHH 2013 for from Martin Wilmsen on Vimeo.

For prices, press photos, and further information - please visit this page on

There are several more photos on

For photos from earlier SIHH posts, click one of the links on the right or visit

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Panerai PAM389 Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio - 47mm

Last September, Officine Panerai introduced a new 47mm watch: the PAM389 submersible. Apparently the days when new models are introduced once a year at SIHH are over. The 389 has a ceramic bezel - never seen on a Panerai before, it has a titanium case and a soft iron inner case to make it withstand strong magnetic fields. Hence Amagnetic in its name.

Panerai PAM389 Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio

Here's an excerpt from their official press release that you can find here:

The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio encapsulates all the elements of the tradition that has always characterized Panerai and the continuous research by the Florentine brand into the finest technical solutions. The Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio features a case that ensures an extremely high resistance to magnetic fields: 40,000 A/m (ampere per meter), a limit more than eight times greater than the value specified by the international standards of the Normes de l’Industrie Horlogère Suisse (NIHS 90-10). Such a high limit is achieved by the use of a special internal case made of soft iron of the highest purity, which encloses and isolates the movement, forming a Faraday cage that diverts the flow of magnetic fields. The soft iron case is immediately beneath the dial, which is made of the same material.

The 389 comes with a rubber accordion strap

Based on the reactions I've read on various websites, I'd say that this is one of those Panerai watches that you either love or hate. I warmed up to it quite easily though, I think it's an outstanding addition to the Panerai line up. I'd certainly love to own one.

The 389 has a ceramic bezel

In terms of design, the watch is akin to the PAM305 that was introduced in Geneva at the 2009 SIHH. Both have a titanium 47mm case, and a similar dial with the baton style 12 and small seconds at the 9 o'clock position. Both watches use the same automatic P.9000 movement with a power reserve of three days. The ceramic bezel makes all the difference in terms of looks. Furthermore, although most recent Panerai watches seem to have ecru Luminova markers, the 389 uses the green version that we've seen on most Panerai watches from before 2010.

The Luminova lights up bright green in low light conditions

A few more shots that I took using my car as a backdrop, I think the two are a match made in heaven... ;)

I also show a few seconds of video while I was taking the pictures, you can find it here on

All photos are © 2012 M.Wilmsen - do not use my photos without permission.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

PAM439 Radiomir 42mm Oro Rosso

The new Radiomir 42mm Oro Rosso is the latest of three 42mm gold Radiomirs in the historic collection. This new model is quite similar to the PAM378 that I posted about before.

PAM439 Radiomir 42mm Oro Rosso

For us collectors, the difference is in the detail of course. But I must admit, that I had problems telling the different models apart when I photographed the 378 in 2011 - and I still do. The 378 and 336 (introduced in 2011) are also 42mm Radiomirs with a gold case and a small seconds dial at the nine o'clock position. The378 has a black dial, the 336 has a brown dial, and so does the new PAM439. The PAM439 has beige Luminova as opposed to the green version used for the other two models.

Brown alligator strap and a red gold thumbnail buckle

The PAM439 has a semi glossy brown alligator strap and a relatively small thumbnail buckle (18ct pink gold). A perfect match for this classy Radiomir.

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The 439 has the P.999 Officine Panerai in-house movement that can be seen through its crystal case back. The mechanical hand-wound movement has a power reserve of 60 hours. The depth rating is 100 meters.

The P.999 movement seen through the crystal case back

The dial looks more black than brown in the below pictures - but it really is brown. I still haven't learned to properly capture brown dials with flash photography...

And one last picture of the sandwich dial. There are a few more photos in my post about this watch on, in case you're interested.

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All photos © 2012 M.Wilmsen - don't use without permission.

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