Love them or hate them, one thing that you cannot do with Panerai is ignore them. Panerai has once again made waves at Watches & Wonders 2015 with their latest special edition watches. I’m of course referring to the new Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 “California dial” watch, and also its twisted sister, the PAM617.
We first wrote about them here, but we thought that it would be useful to expand on these watches now that we have had some hands-on time and also a couple of days to ruminate on them. Today, we shall begin with what is probably the more controversial of the two, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina 44mm Titanio Pam00351 Replica Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629.
Finally, the PAM 321 has a 72 hour power reserve with an indicator at 4 o’clock that utilizes a normal Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Ceramic Op 6762 Replica lumed hand (similar to the flip side) moving across a marked semicircle signaling zero to 72 hours. The indicator interferes slightly with the GMT hand once the lumed arrow head travels across it, however, that’s a small cost to pay to quickly know that you should wear or wind the watch. I also discovered the energy reserve indicator to be true, revealing exactly 36 hours staying when I fully charged the opinion and left it in my Wolf Designs watch winder with a 36 hours start delay.As mentioned, I wore the PAM 321 at a variety of contexts: at the pool; interacting; in celebrations; as well as snorkeling and skin diving in the beach. It’s a passion that develops from using a watch with unique style that is versatile (multitude of accessible third party straps which can be changed easily), that is legible (easy, super clean dial and fonts with beautiful lume), and with a solid presence on the wrist that is difficult to match with almost any other watch.With such a strong cult-like following, the requirement for Panerai watches keeps getting more powerful with a few versions selling out completely after they are introduced. The PAM 321 reviewed here is an 2012 N show that’s limited to 2000 units and retails for $9,800. The PAM 347 which is exactly the exact same version but using the bracelet is priced at $10,600. Considering that the bracelet is tough to find and sells in the Panerai store for $2,400 (if you can find it!) , I’d recommend getting the PAM 347 if you enjoy steel bracelets or would be thinking of obtaining a bracelet later on. The main disadvantage of this bracelet is adding 60 grams to an already somewhat heavy situation that weighs in at 140 g without straps.
The PAM629 uses Panerai’s tried and tested Luminor 1950 case which is 47mm wide. This makes the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 a large watch. While it may large, the lugs do curve quite pronouncedly, so it’s not uncomfortable to wear even if you have smaller wrists. And because it is rendered in titanium, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 also feels remarkably light. The sheer weight of this watch messes with your mind. You are expecting a hefty piece, and yet when you pick it up and put it on, it feels like a much smaller watch. The DLC coating helps make the case more resistant to scratches and wear, and it is a first for Panerai in the sense that their DLC pieces have traditionally used steel cases.
Moving on, what’s really controversial about the Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible 3 Days Automatic Replica Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is its dial. Yes, it has what is known as a California dial. This dial design, which consists of half Roman numerals and half Arabic numerals, is special to Panerai because it was used on the Panerai reference 3646, one of the very first Rolex-made Panerais. It is a very unique design to be sure, and up until the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629, the California dial has only appeared on Panerai’s cushion case Radiomir watches. And it is for this reason that Panerai traditionalists are crying foul.
But these curmudgeons aside, the neutrals will once again point towards Panerai’s relunctance to adapt and conjure up something that is truly new. The new Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is surely iterative rather than revolutionary, but that’s what Panerai does best. Besides, I thought last year’s Radiomir 1940 chronographs were pretty refreshing. I digress… so back to the PAM627. Well, the fact that it is the first Luminor watch to wear a California dial should surely mean something in the annals of Panerai’s history and will thusly ensure this model’s success. Furthermore, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is limited to just 300 pieces and its intended target audience will certainly not mind that the PAM629 is not historically correct.
In fact, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is dripping with cool. The dark, black case coupled with the equally black dial contrasts perfectly with the faux vintage markings and gold hands. The case is rendered in typical Panerai quality, which is to say it’s really good. The lines are sharp and the uniform matte finish seems to almost suck up light, which makes the gold hands stand out even more sharply. The supplied Ponte Vecchio calf strap also screams quality, though I suspect some users would be miffed that it tapers down to just 22mm. I personally prefer a uniform 26mm strap on my 47mm Luminor 1950 watches.
Inside, the Panerai Luminor Flyback 1950 Pam 212 Replica Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is powered by the P.3000 calibre. It’s used widely in many other 47mm Panerai watches and is as tried-and-tested as they come. It features two barrels which give it a power reserve of 72 hours, or 3 days – but I’m guessing you already knew that from the watch’s name. Other notable features are the full balance bridge and free sprung balance. However, owners won’t be able to see any of this because the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 has a screwed down titanium caseback.
The Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation Replica Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is priced at $11,700, which is quite a bit of money when you remember that the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days (PAM372) is priced at around $9,100. But then, consider this: you get a titanium case with DLC finish as well as a unique dial to match. I would even say that since the PAM 629 is the first Luminor to have a California dial, it’s a little piece of Panerai history. The fact that it is limited to just 300 pieces is just the icing on cake. panerai.com