The Panerai PAM312 on the left and the PAM104 on the right
Two different animals for sure. Of course the PAM312 (Luminor 1950 Marina 3 Days Automatic) has the new P.9000 in-house movement. But that's on the inside. The most eye catching difference is the brushed steel 1950's case that is used for all the new P.9000 series watches.
The new PAM312 on the left
The Panerai PAM312 in front of PAM104
Furthermore the 312 has a sandwich dial vs a painted dial on the 104. And the PAM312 has a crystal without a magnification window (or cyclops). It has a smaller sub seconds dial which leaves room for the number nine. Strangely enough, I've always felt that the 233 looks better than the PAM270, and that's mainly because it doesn't have the number nine on the dial which makes it look more balanced. But in the case of the 312, I do like the nine being there a lot. It looks just perfect.
The Panerai PAM312 without cyclops and with the nine on the dial
It looks like Panerai created some serious competition for their own PAM104. I've always considered the 104 to be a great looking daily beater, but in my opinion the PAM312 has so much to offer that I do wonder about the future of the ETA based work horse Luminor Marina.
PAM312 specificationsMovement: automatic mechanical, Panerai P. 9000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13 ¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. Incabloc® anti-shock device. 195 components.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, date.
Case: diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel.
Bezel: polished steel.
Back: see-through sapphire crystal.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as a Trademark) brushed steel.
Crystal: sapphire, made from corundum, 2.6mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 300 metres.
Strap: PANERAI personalised black alligator strap and large-size brushed steel buckle.
Technical specifications as stated on the panerai.com website.
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All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen