Simplicity is king. And that's exactly what I love about the Panerai base models.
Panerai Luminor Base Logo
The PAM00000 - also known as Zero and Logo - is a real stunner and it's the watch in the current Panerai historic line that I like the most. "Logo" was also the nick name that collectors used when referring to the Pre-Vendome 5218-201/a base model. That watch too has the OP logo on the dial and the current PAM0 resembles the 201/a quite a bit. The value of the original Logo is of course 10 to 20 times higher and hard to find as it has become a true collectors item in the last few years. But mind you, getting your hands on the new Logo isn't that easy either. There isn't a single AD in The Netherlands that has one available right now and my guess is that the new production is already spoken for too.
OP logo on the dial
The OP logo is made up of the letters O and P which of course stand for Officine and Panerai. There are also two arrows in the logo - one pointing up and one pointing down. These refer to the fact that Panerai was a specialist in manufacturing underwater products and landing aid systems. The down arrow referred to the under water (diving) products, the up arrow reffered to the other tools.
Brushed steel crown guard
The Luminor Base Logo has a hand wound mechanical movement (Panerai OPI) with a 56 hour power reserve. The polished steel case is 44mm and the crown guard is brushed steel. The watch has a solid steel screw back with the logo engraved. The current production (K series) is limited to 1300 units.
All photos © 2009 M.Wilmsen