The Luminor 1950 titanium watch provides hours, minutes, small seconds, minutes reset, flyback chronograph, regatta countdown, and knots scale for calculation of average boat speed. The elegant black dial features luminous Arabic numerals. The situation is equipped with the Panerai lever apparatus winding crown shield, ensuring 100 meters of water resistance. Panerai is a often polarizing brand which has, in the past several years, seen a huge spike in popularity and is now a marginally household name in men’s luxury wrist watches. Now, often contained in the brands your non-watchnerd friends know of, they maintain rank in upscale jewellery boutiques alongside Breitling and Rolex. Personally, I’ve loved the Panerai Radiomir so long as I have loved watches, but both the price and the instance size has often been too much for my reality. While SIHH saw a number of new versions from Panerai, none were as fascinating to me as the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio (PAM00526).That’s a rather long title, so we’ll stick with Regatta 3 Times. What we have here is really a 47mm Luminor example constructed from titanium and encapsulating Panerai’s in house P.9100/R automatic chronograph movement with a flyback feature and central minutes (orange) and seconds (blue) palms. This information design makes it possible for the Regatta 3 Days to stay with the familiar Panerai dial aesthetic while still offering an effective opinion of this elapsed time with a maximum measure of 12 hours. This design is fantastically elegant and the use of colour is just sufficient to place the PAM00526 apart from their other chronograph versions.
In the world of limited edition Panerai watches there are cool ones and boring ones. This is one of the really cool ones. I also love that they all (limited to 100 pieces) sold out within one hour of being released. This is the Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 358, and was specially made for the Parisian high-end watch store Chronopassion. The PAM 358 is a pretty crazy watch. Water resistant to 2500 meters (over 8,000 feet), the watch is shaped like a diving vessel with a large rounded bottom. It is known as a “destro” model, or lefty model, because the crown is on the left side of the watch. It is really thick as well – even by Panerai standard. The case is 47mm wide in titanium with a special rotating diver’s bezel that is in steel. This is one of the most coveted, ultimate Panerai dive watches out there.
For more pics, you can check out this post on WatchUSeek where a lucky member shows off his PAM 358. There you can see the interesting chunky curves of this PAM-beast, with its titanium 1950 style case and built in helium escape valve. Dial is pretty standard with the typical Pamerai sub watch look. I think the inner bezel with the diver’s scale is an interesting touch. Hands are too stubby though. Does someone actually like stubby hands? Or am I one of the few people who notice these things? Still legible though. Inside the watch is a Swiss Valjoux 7750 automatic movement that has been modified and turned around. The chronograph has been removed, and flipping the watch movement around placed the subsidiary seconds dial on the right side of the case, and the crown on the right. Came on a light brown leather strap. Chronopassion made a good choice with this special piece. These are very hard to find, and with just 100 around, you are lucky to ever get one. There is one now on James List for just under $15,000.
See this Panerai PAM 358 limited edition watch available on James List here.