The PAM275 is the stainless steel version of the four new Panerai Manifattura chronograph watches. These are the functionally identical PAM311, PAM317 and PAM277. The full name is Luminor 1950 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT. Quite a mouth full, but what do you expect with a wristwatch that offers this many complications.
PAM275 Stainless Steel Chrono Monopulsante
As opposed to the pink gold PAM277, the stainless steel PAM275 is a regular production watch. Just like the ceramic PAM317 and the titanium PAM311 chrono monopulsantes. This doesn't mean that this is a watch that is easy to get hold of. On the contrary. Only 300 pieces of this attractive wristwatch are scheduled to be produced in 2008 (K-series). The 275 supposedly hits the AD's this month. And it's very unlikely that there's a single unit that's not already spoken for.
As I already wrote in earlier entries about the Ceramic and Titanium monopulsantes, I particularly like how Panerai positioned the chronograph function button on the left hand side of the 1950 case. Because of this, the right hand side features the typical (signature appearance) Panerai crown guard design with a full sized lever. This is not the case with other Panerai chronograph watches. For instance the PAM327 Luminor Chrono Daylight as shown below.
PAM327 showing its smaller lever and chronograph buttons next to the crown guard
The PAM275 has a full size lever and reg. tm. engraved in the crown guard
The 275 - like the first Panerai Manifattura PAM233 - has an 8 day manual wind in-house movement with a power reserve of eight days. The dial has a horizontal power reserve indicator at the 6 o'clock position. And it has Panerai's brilliant GMT function with a second hour hand that rotates every 12 hours along side of the normal hour hand. Not many watches combine both dual time and chronograph functions.
Most chronographs have two buttons, a start/stop button and a reset button. The monopulsante chronograph is operated by just a single button that you press to both start and stop the counter. The same button is pressed again to bring the seconds hand back to zero.
PAM275 crystal case back
The 275 has a crystal case back that offers a nice view at the bridges and parts of the interesting P.2004/1 movement. The 1950 style case (44mm) has a brushed finished but the bezel is polished steel. The watch comes with a beautiful black crocodile strap with white stitches. A perfect match with its black dial and hands.
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All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen