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The Panerai PAM00111 will evolve into the PAM00510

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00111

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Panerai PAM00510

I think its safe to say that I have a mild obsession with Panerai watches. This is the only brand that I can say I have owned more than two different models of. I have owned a total of 5 Panerai watches since my fixation started in 2002. Today, I only have one watch and that is the coveted  Panerai PAM00372.

I have closely followed Panerais journey since the very beginning. I am extremely impressed with their commitment to pushing the envelope by releasing new novelties, digging deep into the archives to revive some sleeping giants, and using innovation to stay in-house and current while maintaining brand identity.

The watch that started it all for Panerai and was the icon from the beginning is the Panerai PAM00111. This is the watch that was used in all their original ad campaigns from Day 1. The Luminor Marina is to Panerai as the Submariner is to Rolex. Even though the PAM00111 is very much in the current Panerai collection, this watch will be phased out and replaced with an entirely new reference number, movement, dial and strap , known as the PAM00510.  The current PAM00111 has a hand wound movement, a sandwich dial, 44 mm stainless steel case, and is fitted on a tan strap, and retails for $6,800.

The new Pam00510 will retail for only $400 more than the current PAM00111, at a retail of $7,200, which is impressive considering it has an entirely new movement which is entirely in-house and manufactured by Panerai. This is a historic and technical milestone for Panerai, because it’s the first time that Panerai will be using the new P5000 hand wound 8 day movement in any of their watches. The only thing I am not crazy about on this watch is that above the six o’clock position, between where Panerai is written on the dial, they have decided to write 8 days. This definitely changes the aesthetic of the dial completely and doesn’t look as clean as the PAM00111, but only time will tell what the reception  to this will be. Personally, I am a less is more kind of guy, but some people may actually like this new addition to the dial. This watch is also fitted with a new black strap with contrasting white stitching. Hopefully, this watch should deliver before the holidays around Christmas time 2013.

Today, Panerai is 70% manufactured in-house movements 30% other movements. The new PAM00510 is the next logical step that will assist Panerai in becoming 100% in house manufacturer within the next few years. Those of you who want a piece of early Panerai still can with the Panerai PAM00111. It will only be around for a little while longer, I guarantee that once its discontinued and sold out, it will become seriously collectible.

Technical Specs for the Panerai PAM00111

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP XI calibre, 16½ lignes, 17 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 56 hours. Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges. It is tested and certified by C.O.S.C.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds.

CASE

Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L Polished 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 markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 3.5 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

30 bar (~300 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised leather strap and large size steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

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

Retail $6,800

Panerai PAM00399: A return to Rolex DNA

by amitdevhanda

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PAM00399

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Movement of the PAM00399

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Wrist Shot of the Panerai PAM00399

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Left: Panerai PAM00399 Right: PAM00372

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Vintage PAM00372 and Vintage Rolex 6154
pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

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The Rolex Brevet Crown
pic courtesy of Jake’s Rolex World

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Rolex ref#6154
pic courtesy of Jakes’s Rolex World

Originally, Panerai watches and movements were made by Rolex. If you look at the original Panerai designs from the early 1920′-1950’s you can totally see Rolex DNA. In fact, Panerai is the only brand that Rolex has ever affiliated itself with. The Rolex Ref#6154 is the inspiration for the 2012 release Panerai PAM00399. The vintage Panerai watches with vintage Rolex ligne movements command hundreds of thousands of dollars today at auction,

The PAM00399 is basically the Panerai 1950 case in 47 mm without the device protecting the crown is stainless steel. The dial is a black  sandwich dial, which has been treated to look vintage. with the 12, 3 6, 9 Arabic numerals and luminous indices for the rest of the numbers. The watch has been fitted with an original Minerva Base hand wound movement from the 1930’s, which has been re-finished according to Panerais modern-day specs. The crown is a screw down brevet crown, which is a tribute to the original reference #6154.

I have to say, even though the PAM00399 is not my ideal choice watch,  it’s an outstanding piece for anyone who wants something completely historic, in that it’s the first time we see the transition from Radiomir to Lumionor case, while witnessing Rolexes timeless design. This watch is so exclusive that it can’t be purchased singly because it comes in a set with the same watch in rose gold. There are only 100 sets produced for the world and they are packaged together in a specialty box which retails for $82,100.  If this watch had all four Panerai Arabic numerals like the Rolex ref#6154, this would be the only other Panerai watch that I would own.

Technical Details of Panerai PAM00399

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP XXVII calibre, base Minerva 16-17, 16¾ lignes, 18 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 18,000 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 55 hours.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, small seconds.

 

CASE

Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel. Screw-down winding crown personalized OP. 

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DIAL

Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.

 

CRYSTAL

Plexiglas®, 3 mm thick.

WATER-RESISTANCE

3 bar (~30 metres).

STRAP

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

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

Panerai PAM00425- Radiomir 47 mm S.L.C. 3 Days the video

by amitdevhanda

So, hopefully you read the article, now it’s time to watch the video. Please click the play button to learn about the Panerai PAM00425