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The Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days is the best valued watch in the current Panerai collection

by amitdevhanda

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PAM00425- Panerai Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days
pic courtesy of http://www.panerai.com

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wrist shot of Panerai PAM00425

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live shot of the PAM00425

I know it’s about to get crazy with all the Baselworld 2013 coverage coming up within a day as Baselworld is officially under way tomorrow on April 25, 2013. I thought I would sneak in my favorite Radiomir in the current Panerai collection, the highly sought after Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days.

The toughest challenge has been finding this watch in stock, whether it’s from a Panerai Boutique or an authorized Panerai retailer as it’s rare with only 1500 pieces for the world being produced. Recently, I was lucky enough to locate the watch locally in Las Vegas at an authorized dealer and actually had the opportunity to try it on. Man, I was absolutely blown away with how cool this watch really is. This watch couldn’t be more perfect except for one or two small details, but I will get to that in just a bit. I have never been a huge fan of the Radiomir case, because It has always been a little bit too small and dressy for me. To be honest, I can’t wear a Panerai smaller than 47 mm but this watch has restored my faith in the Radiomir  product line because of its size and style. I like wearing my watches everyday and the PAM00425 is definitely a daily wearing watch despite the fact that it has the refined wired lugs and screw down onion crown.

Since the Radiomir case is cushion shaped, it hugs the wrist like no other watch, basically it’s extremely comfortable. The watch is stainless steel so it has a great weight to it and the size of course couldn’t be more perfect at 47 mm. The PAM00425 was inspired by a watch that was originally a prototype from 1936 commissioned by the Italian Marina Militaire and produced by Panerai and Figlio in 1938. The dial  of the watch is amazing because it’s so simple in the execution of the luminous vertical and horizontal hour markers and dots.  In fact, 5 years ago, I wrote about how I thought Panerai would make this watch and all the collectors thought I was nuts, but now the proof is in the pudding. The dial has such a beautiful Patina, that it further enhances it’s vintage aesthetic to a nice grey/black  making it look more original.

This watch has the modern-day in -house P3000 hand wound movement which is very robust and reliable. They crystal of this watch is made out of sapphire which is great because it’s scratch resistant, but I have to say, on these historic Panerai watches, I really prefer the plexi glass  crystal because of it’s attention to detail and authenticity. The dial has the torpedo above the six o’clock position on it which to me is overkill. I don’t understand why they would do this on a piece that is historic. Then again, the rumor is because this is the first year of its production with an O serial#, The P serial # that will follow will not have the torpedo on the dial making the O serial number much more collectible. The dial is brought together with gold hands, which gives this watch class and distinction.

The strap of the watch is known as the Assolutamente strap which is a cigar brown color. The strap feels like suede because of its texture, but it’s actually a Tuscan calf. This aged looking calf is another highlight to making the watch look vintage and original.

Finally, we come to the price of the watch. To get into a decent Panerai today, you need to spend at least 8 grand to get one with an in-house movement. To me this watch is the best valued watch in the Panerai Collection at $8,700 because you are getting so much bang for your buck. From the vintage look, to the exclusive amount of pieces being made, to the 47 mm size and the in house manufactured movement 3 Day manual wind movement, to something completely unique and different from any other Panerai watch in the collection, what more can one ask for?

Technical Info for the Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16½ lignes, 5.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 160 components.

 

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes.

CASE

Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DIAL

Black with luminous hour markers. 

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

            

WATER-RESISTANCE

10 bar (~100 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panera

Current Retail- $8,700

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The Panerai PAM00233 is the unsung hero in their collection

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00233- Luminor 1950 8 Day GMT

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wrist shot of the Panerai PAM00233

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The caseback and movement

2006 was a land mark yer for Panerai. You could say they had their horological bar mitzvha, going from regular pedestrian movements to in-house manufactured movements that year.

The watch that really kicked it off and is a symbol of the progression of their evolution is the PAM0233 -Luminor 1950 8 Day GMT.  This watch took the 1950 case in a 44 mm diameter in a brushed stainless steel case, a sandwich dial with engraved Arabic numerals for the ultimate throwback to vintage, a linear 8 day power reserve indicator and an in-house 8 day P2002 manual wind movement for a modern day engine.

To me, the PAM00233 is the unsung hero of the entire Panerai collection because it truly embodies what the company stands for today from a historic and modern-day perspective and has the two most useful complications in the industry of power reserve and second timezone.

Over the last 7 years, The PAM00233 has undergone some subtle but important changes including in 2007, a new case back with the OP logo engraving and in 2009 the day/night disc was changed out to a much more legible am/pm indicator making the dial look cleaner and not as crowded. This watch is fitted with an Italo/Tunnel strap which is unique to this watch only.

I am very partial to the 1950 47 mm case because I love the vintage aspect, but I must say even though the PAM00233  is a 44 mm case this watch is extremely comfortable and is the perfect juxtaposition between modern, vintage and classic. To their credit, it is a real testament to Panerai and their quest for digging deep to ensure their relevance in the watch world.

Technical Detail for the PAM00233

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2002 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 6.6 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days with linear indicator, three barrels, seconds reset device. 247 components.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, 24h indicator, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset.

 

CASE

Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L  brushed steel.

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN

(protected as a trademark) Brushed steel.

DIAL

Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds and 24h indicator at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

10 bar (~100 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised calf strap and large-size brushed steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable rubber strap and a steel screwdriver.

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai

Retail $14,900

Did you know the cast of the Expendables wore Panerai watches in both movies?

by amitdevhanda

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Sylvester Stallone is definitely a pioneer when it comes to Panerai watches . He was one of the first people in the world to wear it. He set the precedent for wearing over sized watches and as a result quickly became the unofficial ambassador for Panerai.

In 2010, when the first Expendables movie came out, he made sure some of the cast members wore the PAM00332 which is the  Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante in black ceramic. This was amazing because the watch got just as much movie time as the actors wearing it. As the movie focused on the biggest action heroes in the world from Stallone to Swarzennegger and everyone in between, you also got an idea of the true scale of how the watch looked because you had actors with different builds and heights. The watch really did this movie justice by exuding masculinity  and confidence combined with a very subtle and practical utilitarian aspect.

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Panerai PAM00332

The second Expendables movie put Panerai in overdrive as now you have the entire cast of the movie wearing it. For this movie the entire cast wore the highly collectible, cool and sought after Panerai PAM00382 which is the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo 47mm. The interesting thing about this watch is that when it was announced and SIHH in Geneva 2011,  the reception to this watch wasn’t very strong because it was the first time Panerai used a bronze case. People were uncertain and skeptical. When the watch physically came out later that year and collectors took notice, they realized the watch oxidized by simply rubbing ketchup and vinegar on the bronze case which would bring the watch back to its natural luster. Very quickly this news spread like wild fire and further peeked the interest of many around the world and became a huge hit.

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Panerai PAM00382

Due to the fact the case was bronze and looks gold, this watch definitely stood out more in the second Expendables movie . Also, you had more actors wearing this watch than in the first one, so it was literally everywhere. Today, the Bronzo PAM 00382 has become a bigger hit than the movie within watch collecting circles and trades for as high as $30,000 which is amazing considering it’s original retail was only $11,600.