Sunday, June 5, 2011

PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta

The Panerai PAM371 is one of the 8 special edition models that were presented at the SIHH earlier this year. If I'm correct, this is also the first - and currently only - of the 2011 special edition watches that already made its way to the few lucky new owners. And as always, several were of course purchased to be flipped immediately as these are already being offered above list price on a number of watch websites.

Panerai PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta
Panerai PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta

The PAM371 is essentially a PAM305 with a blue dial and a GMT function. As said, the PAM371 is of course a special edition whereas the PAM305 is a regular production model. Both models have a 47mm 1950's style case and are made out of titanium.

Panerai PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta
The case back shows the rotor that winds the automatic movement

The new PAM371 uses the P.9001 caliber, the PAM305 has the P.9000 caliber. The difference between the two is that the P.9001 movement has the GMT function and the P.9001 movement has a small power reserve indicator on the back. Other than that, the two automatic mechanical movements are technically very similar, with date and sub seconds functions.

Panerai PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta
The black hand at 5 o'clock shows the time in the 2nd zone

The PAM371 comes with the rubber accordion strap, similar to the one that comes with the PAM243. But it's a 26mm of course (the PAM243 has a 44mm brushed steel case and its lug width is 24mm.

Panerai PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta
The shape of the 1950's style case

Although the 47mm case is large, it doesn't look too big on the wrist at all and it's quite comfortable to wear. The above photo shows the shape of the case and the slightly rounded lugs. As you can see in the second photo, the watch still has the quick strap change system (note the push buttons at the underside of the lugs). Most of the new models seem to have screws again as opposed to the push button system that was introduced a couple of years ago.

Panerai PAM371 Luminor Submersible 1950 Regatta
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Photos taken at the SIHH 2011 in Geneva. © 2011 M.Wilmsen, do not use without permission.

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