Friday, March 25, 2011

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950

If you are a fan of 47mm watches, then 2011 is a good year for you. The new Officine Panerai line up offers quite a few 47mm watches and the PAM375 is one of these new models. Perhaps it's just the overwhelming attention that the new PAM372 is getting on the various fora, but it seems like the new PAM375 has gotten a bit snowed under. If you consider the wonderful features that are offered by the PAM375, that's a bit of a surprise. Think about it, a 47mm case - and only the second Panerai watch to use composite - beige luminova, brown sandwich dial, domed crystal, hand wound mechanical in-house movement (Panerai P.3000/1), display back, 1950 on the dial and a killer strap too. And the PAM375 is a special edition watch, as opposed to the new polished steel PAM372 which will be a regular production watch. Those are no doubt ingredients that make the watch as desirable as can be.

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950
Special Edition 2011 Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950

The first Panerai watch to use the new (to Panerai) material Panerai composite was the PAM339 - introduced in 2010. The 339 is a Radiomir model, which makes the PAM375 the first Panerai watch with a Luminor style composite case. The composite has a very dark brown color - almost black. The brown dial in combination with the beige tinted Luminova makes an excellent combination. Its weight is obviously light, but if I remember it well it doesn't feel as light on the wrist as titanium. That probably has to do with the size of the watch, the large crystal and the large movement of the 375.

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950
The PAM375 has a brown dial and beige tinted Luminova

As the name "Luminor Composite 1950" suggests, the PAM375 has a 1950's style case (photo below). The shape of the case and crystal are the same as that of the stainless steel Panerai PAM127. The P.3000/1 movement can be admired through the case back crystal. This new in-house movement has a power reserve of 3 days and it uses two spring barrels to achieve this. The same movement is also used for the PAM372.

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950
The 1950's case and case back crystal

Below are a few more photos of the watch. I have no information about its availability yet - but I can imagine that the watch was sold out on the same day it was announced in January this year.

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950
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Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950

Panerai PAM375 Luminor Composite 1950

Note that all photos are © 2011 M.Wilmsen. Do not use my photos without permission.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

The PAM372 in detail

When I took pictures of the new PAM372 at the SIHH in January, I didn't think that another opportunity to take more photos would come any time soon. But it did. Several watches from the new line up were in my hometown after a trade show, and I was given the opportunity to take more pictures of this new favorite of many. My initial post about the PAM372 - and how it compares to the PAM127 - can be found here.

Panerai PAM372
Panerai PAM372 Luminor 1950

I tried to focus on some of the interesting details this time. The case type number is engraved between the lugs at the 6 o'clock position (below). Also notice how the plexi sticks out.

Panerai PAM372

The depth rating is engraved in the underside of one of the lugs.

Panerai PAM372

And the bb number is engraved in one of the other lugs.

Panerai PAM372

The model number (PAM00372) is engraved between the lugs at the 12 o'clock position.

Panerai PAM372

The lugs are thinner than usual and the shape of the new 1950's case is also different in comparison to the regular 50's case as you can see in the two photos below. Also notice how the crown guard is brushed and how the rest of the case is polished.

Panerai PAM372

Panerai PAM372

The hands have the so-called "double pencil" shape, i.e. both the tip of the hands and the part were the hands connect to the center pin are pointed.

Panerai PAM372

And the last two pictures are my personal favorites.

Panerai PAM372

Panerai PAM372
Panerai PAM372 - click the photos for a larger version

All photos © 2011 M.Wilmsen - do not use my photos without permission

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 Novelty with history: Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm

Another very interesting new Panerai model that was introduced at the 2011 SIHH is the Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm. The layout of the dial is unlike that of any of the contemporary Panerai watches that were released by Officine Panerai in the Pre Vendome and Vendome era.

Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm
Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm

The watch is however inspired on the vintage 2533, a prototype of which very few were made in the late 1930's (probably between 1935 and 1937). There's a picture of one of these prototypes in the reference section on paneristi.com. The reference section however states that only one unit exists but other sources say that several - at least two - have been made. The Panerai press release also has this paragraph "In Officine Panerai's earlier days there was a rare, mysterious version of the Radiomir of which only two examples are known...". I've also been told that the 2533 is actually the very first Panerai prototype ever made but I can't confirm if that statement is true or false. You can find some very interesting further information about the history of the vintage models - including the 2533 - in the post the Rolex-Panerai connection on Rolexblog.blogspot.com.

Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm
The PAM373 P.3000 movement

The Panerai PAM373 has a 47mm platinum case and a beautiful brown dial. The watch has the new in-house P.3000 calibre that is also used in e.g. the new Panerai PAM372. The hand-wound mechanical movement has a power reserve of 3 days. The PAM373 has a so called exhibition back (or case back crystal). I'm wondering if Panerai will release a version of the watch in stainless steel some time. That would put it within reach of many more watch enthusiasts that I'm sure would love to own a watch like this.

Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm
A close up of the unique dial

The gold hands have the so called "double pencil" shape, the hands are pointed on both sides. Another interesting thing is that this watch too - like the new PAM372 - comes with a plexi as opposed to a crystal. To my knowledge, the only contemporary Panerai watch that was made with a plexi before 2011, was the special edition PAM249 with its California dial.

Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm
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The watch comes with a great looking black alligator strap with white stitches. This combination works quite well. A dark brown alligator strap would probably make a great combo with the brown dial too.

Panerai PAM373 Radiomir Platino 47mm

All these photos were taken at the 2011 SIHH in Geneva. Do not use the photos without permission.

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© 2011 M.Wilmsen