Monday, March 15, 2010

PAM355 Radiomir GMT Alarm 42mm

One of this year's new Panerai watches is the PAM355. Not your typical Panerai. First of all it doesn't have a 44mm or bigger case. It doesn't have that signature crown guard of the Luminors. And it doesn't have that large onion shaped crown that the Radiomirs have. Well no, it has two. And it is definitely a Panerai and a great looking one too!

Panerai PAM355 Radiomir GMT Alarm 42mm
PAM355 Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm 42mm

The PAM355 has a hand-wound mechanical (huh, hang on...) OP XXIV movement that offers a lot of functions; hours, minutes, seconds, date, a second time zone and an alarm. Not bad to have all of that in a 42mm case. It is actually a new version of the PAM98 which dates back to 2001. That watch had an automatic Girard-Perregaux caliber. The PAM355 however has Panerai's OPXXIV movement.

The picture I took of the caseback puzzled me when I realized that Panerai lists the 355 as a watch with a hand wound mechanical movement, but the watch seems to have a rotor... (see below photo). So clearly it's an automatic movement. I have tried to find out more about this particular movement but there's not much information to be found. Interesting...

Panerai PAM355 Radiomir GMT Alarm 42mm caseback
Caseback showing what appears to be a rotor?

The PAM355 comes with a brown alligator strap with white stitches. It's a very nice dress watch.

Panerai PAM355 Radiomir GMT Alarm 42mm caseback
PAM355 - click photos for a larger version

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© 2010 M.Wilmsen, do not copy without permission.
Pictures taken at 2010 SIHH in Geneva

8 comments:

  1. Hey Martin,

    Great blog and amazing photos. I find myself wishing I could have every watch on your blog. Just out of curiosity, do you ever take pictures of digital watches? I compete in triathlons, and I think it would be cool if you took photos of some sport type of watches like these: Timex Ironman Watch

    I know a lot of us athletes love our difital watches and it would be cool to see them in a cool photo.

    --Andy

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  2. Hey Martin--

    They may have changed the movement designation to an OP, but if you look around for images on the internet, it's pretty clear that they're still using the GP 59 (itself based on the Jacquet 5900).

    Here's a link to a through-the-caseback image from Blower's (a FER 177, but same movement): http://www.blowers-jewellers.co.uk/FER00017_W3125.htm

    You can find a comparison image of PAM98 movement on the Paneristi site.

    Cheers

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  3. Hey anyone got links of this watches? where I can buy it?

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  4. Actually, the base movement is actually an Adolf Schild 5008, or AS5008. The GP59 is actually not made by GP59

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  5. Hey Martin

    I saw this site used your photos....

    http://www.watchcode.com/index.php?route=watch/watch&watch_id=111

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  6. Yes indeed, that's just wrong. Thanks for letting me know. Too bad I don't speak Chinese...

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  7. Hello,

    You have create a very good site! This is an automatic incorporating the G.P. manufacture 59 caliber which is of a schild 5008 base. It has 47 hour autonomy and 31 jewels. It feature set by the twin crowns on the side of the case. They are made with the use of precious stones and metals. Thanks a lot...

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