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
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.
Hours, minutes, small seconds.
Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel. Screw-down winding crown personalized OP.
See-through sapphire crystal.
Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.
Plexiglas®, 3 mm thick.
3 bar (~30 metres).
PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panera