Saturday, May 8, 2010

PAM270 Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT

The Panerai PAM270 was introduced one year (2007) after one of my personal favorites, the PAM233. Both watches were originally part of the Manifattura line and are very similar in terms of looks.

Panerai PAM270 Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT
Panerai PAM270 Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT

Currently the 270 can be found under the "contemporary" section of the Panerai website - because it has an automatic movement. The 233 with its hand wound movement can be found under "historic". It made more sense to me when both watches were part of the Manifattura line because the watches have a Panerai in-house movement. But with the introduction of the "specialties" section, the Manifattura line seems to have disappeared as a classification. Not important of course, the watches matter, the marketing approach does not.

Panerai PAM270 Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT
The dial has a horizontal 10 days power reserve indicator

The most important difference is that the 270 has an automatic movement with a 10 days power reserve whereas the 233 has a hand wound mechanical movement with an eight day power reserve. Because of its automatic movement, the 270 is a little bit heavier and it has a higher case. Both watches are 44mm.

Panerai PAM233 Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT
PAM233 Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT

The sandwich dial of the 270 has a nine, the 233 (photo above) only has the twelve and six. Both watches lack the number three on the dial, because that's where the date window is.

Panerai PAM270 Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT
When lit from the side, the domed crystal is clearly visible

The photo below shows the PAM270 next to the PAM268 - another Panerai watch with an in-house movement, but one with a hand-wound movement and a Radiomir case.

Panerai PAM270 next to the PAM268 Radiomir
The 270 next to another Panerai with in-house movement, the PAM268

You can find more photos of the 270 on paneristipix.com.

All photos are © 2010 M.Wilmsen. Do not use these photos without permission.

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