Sunday, August 22, 2010

PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed SE 2008

The Panerai PAM26 is a special edition watch from the year 2008 (K). Panerai produced 1,000 pieces of the watch. The PAM26 is a so called "Destro" watch, which means it is intended for left-handed people or in any case, to be worn on the right wrist. The crown and its crown guard are positioned on the 9 o'clock position as opposed to the 3 o'clock position where it normally is.

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro
Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed

The PAM26 has a steel 44mm case with a hard black coating (PVD). The color of the PVD coating is slightly lighter than that of e.g. the ceramic PAM292 and slightly darker than that of the PAM28. Its color is often referred to as "charcoal gray" or "pencil gray".

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro
The 44mm case is steel with a hard black coating (PVD)

In an interview with Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati, he stated that Panerai started working on a ceramic case because they had to find a substitute for PVD. Because there is a buyer's demand for black watches but PVD can have problems with scratching etc. and once the PVD is scratched, you can do nothing to fix it. Something to keep in mind if you are looking into buying yourself a PVD watch.

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro

The dial of the PAM26 is a black sandwich dial and the color of the Luminova is green. The PAM26 has a sub seconds dial at the three o'clock position where it normally is positioned on the nine o'clock position. The movement is a hand-wound mechanical Panerai OP II calibre with a power reserve of 56 hours.

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro

The watch is a re-edition of the regular production original PAM26 that Panerai produced in 1998 (200 units) and 1999 (500 units). The original PAM26 in the A-series had a so called painted tritium dial as opposed to the 26K which has a sandwich dial.

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro
The 2008 edition has a Luminova sandwich dial

Apparently there are only 60 to 70 units in the B-series that also came with a transitional Tritium dial with T SWISS T underneath the six. The other units in the B-series came with a Luminova dial. The 2008 SE is a collectible watch that generally sells above its original list price but the 1998 original is of course much more rare and valuable as a result.

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro
The 2008 edition has a Luminova sandwich dial

You can find many more pictures of the PAM26 on paneristipix.com.

Panerai PAM26 Luminor Marina Left Handed Destro
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Related posts

PAM28 Luminor Power Reserve
PAM292 Ceramic Radiomir

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7 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots, Martin. I thought the new 26 and 28 had the same PVD case, but they're actually different in color?

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  2. Thank you and yes, as far as I can remember, the color of the 28 is quite a bit lighter than that of the 26.

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  3. Very nice!! Thanks.

    Is the PVD is that easy to scratch??

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  4. The PVD coating is pretty tough so it won't scratch easily. But you can scratch it of course.

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  5. Thanks Martin,

    I just discovered your blog, it's awesome!!


    Serge larouche

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  6. Hi Martin
    What is the weight of the watch pls.?

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    1. Sorry, I have no idea. You could ask on Paneristi.com
      Cheers,
      Martin

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