Panerai Upgraded PAM with Date and Automatic Movement

In the 1930s, the men in the Italian Royal Navy’s Gamma Group, carried out their maneuvers astride human torpedoes a.k.a. “pigs” or indeed “black seals”. The first modern Panerai Radiomir watch honoring from the late 1930s was launched in 2004 with a 45mm —the original Radiomir watches had a case measuring 47mm in diameter— stainless steel cushion-shaped case with detachable wire lugs, display case back, black matte sandwich dial with superluminova, onion-shaped crown, gold calf strap with beige contrast stitching, large pin buckle and the OP XI hand-wound movement —based off of the ETA 6497/2 but with a swan neck regulator. This Panerai, was released under the ‘Radiomir Black Seal’ name and usually referred to by Paneristi as the Panerai PAM. Today, the PAM 183 includes the ‘Black Seal’ writing at 12 o’clock under the word ‘Radiomir’ instead of at 6 o’clock as it did when it was launched in 2004.

In 2012, Panerai decided to upgrade the PAM and released the Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic Panerai PAM watches. Also fitted with a cushion-shaped stainless steel case measuring 45mm in diameter and with detachable wire lugs, the 388 maintains the historical look of the Panerai watches but with a date function, an in-house 3-day power reserve automatic movement and a black alligator strap with beige contrast stitching.

The dial just like on the PAM 183 is a matte black sandwich dial composed of two layers with and ultra bright and long lasting superluminova disc at the bottom. The dial features Arabic numerals at 12, 9 and 6, a small seconds indicator at 9 and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. While Panerai shrunk the Arabic numerals on the dial in order to make space to fit the date aperture, we feel that the dial could’ve been developed without the number 9 next to the seconds indicator to maintain better balance and a somewhat less cluttered look. Regardless, this is a beautiful watch with a great appearance. Another big difference between the 388 and the 183 is that the hands on the first one are made of polished stainless steel while the hands on the latter are black for the hours and minutes and white for the seconds hand.

Just as on the Panerai PAM watch, the 388 is fitted with the same personalized large polished pin buckle, detachable wire lugs, onion-shaped crown and highly polished cushion-shaped case. The overall look of the watch gets perfectly accentuated by the black alligator strap that is somewhat stiff when new. Just as the 183, the 388 is waterproof rated to a depth of 100 meters.

While most paneristi are OK with the lack of date function or seconds indicator on their historical Panerais, we feel that adding an automatic movement and a date function were excellent upgrades to an already amazing timepiece. The beating heart inside this timepiece is the newly developed Panerai in-house automatic calibre composed of 197 parts, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, two barrels and which provides a power reserve of 3 days while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph. Just as on the PAM, the calibre is fully visible via the display case back. The calibre is very nicely finished, individually numbered and features the OP logo on the rotor. One very negative thing we did notice on this watch and something that has been mentioned before by many paneristi across several watch forums, is the fact that the movement is very noisy. Furthermore, in our case, just after a handful of times wearing this watch it stopped working right as we were finishing our review. Luckily the watch was new and still under warranty so it was promptly sent in for service a couple of weeks ago. After a few weeks, the Panerai service center did a great job at returning the watch fairly quickly after doing a minor hairspring adjustment.

Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H: A Panerai Watch for Travelers

Panerai first became renowned for its distinctively masculine divers’ watches. Now the Swiss watch brand with Florentine roots has released a watch suited for world travelers: the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H, the first Panerai watch to contain the new manufacture Caliber.

The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H displays the local time as well as the time in a second time zone, which can be read simultaneously by means of an independent central hand that makes one revolution around the dial in 24 hours. It is the first of the Panerai watches to be equipped with Caliber, an automatic movement based on Panerai’s existing Caliber, which adds to that movement’s features an innovative GMT function, which is indicated over 24 rather than 12 hours; it also includes a newly designed, circular power reserve indicator on the rear side, which is readable through the sapphire viewing window in the watch’s caseback.

Caliber boasts a power reserve of three days, stored in two series-connected spring barrels, and a very efficient automatic winding system with a bi-directional winding rotor. In terms of regulation, the hour hand, which is connected to the date, can be moved independently and in jumps of one hour, without interfering with the minutes and seconds hands. When setting the time, a mechanism stops the balance and zeroes the seconds hand so that the time can be synchronized precisely with a reference signal.

The black dial — assembled in Panerai’s classic “sandwich” design, with a luminous layer between two disks — has Arabic numerals at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock and, on the outermost edge, the numerals and indices for reading the second time zone, which are indicated by the arrow-tipped central GMT hand. The date window is at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock.

Like other Panerai Luminor watches, the PAM00531 has the trademarked crown-protection device with a locking lever, here made of brushed steel to contrast with the polished steel of the case. The classic Panerai Luminor 1950 case measures 44 mm in diameter and made of AISI 316L stainless steel, which has a low carbon content and is highly resistant to corrosion. The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H is water-resistant to 300 meters, and is fitted with a black leather strap with ecru stitching.

Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight Titanium PAM 327 Watch Released

Panerai is pretty regular about their watch release schedule. We tend to get a few new ones each year. With the pre Basel announcements coming up, I expect to see a lot from Panerai this year. One new announcement is the Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight Titanium, which is the ref. PAM 327. This Panerai is distinctly modern in its approach with a broad demographic appeal. I am no Panerai historian, but it is easy to tell that there is mostly “new direction” design accents in this high quality Panerai replica watch. Ignoring the watch itself for a moment, looking at the titanium bracelet indicates a new, more angular look to the masculine watches. Older Panerai metal bracelets featured some really unique curved links. The PAM 327 has what are arguably something simple, plainer Y-shaped links. The look in nice, but not exciting – and the small size of the links adds to wearing comfort, but gone is a lot of the character.

The dial itself shows the metallic blue that people go crazy over. It is a great color, and when done right makes for a beautiful watch. The Sinn 203 Arktis was one of the first to use such a blue dial, and since then a few have displayed it. I am not sure why the watch is known as the “Daylight.” I am guessing that since blue faced models are often arctic themed, the name refers to the fact that such polar locations of the Earth experience far more daylight, especially in the summer. The little touches are also nice, like the matching colored date window disc, and the easy to read chronograph seconds hand.

Inside is a Panerai caliber OPXII automatic chronograph movement. It isn’t in-house made though. Gladly the movement is a certified Chronometer, but Panerai has neglected to mention this on the face. This is a positive or negative trait depending on whom you ask (some people do or don’t like lots of text on the face). From a design standpoint, the tri-compax chronograph layout and overall face design is no nonsense. So practical and utilitarian, you might forget it is a Panerai. That isn’t to say it isn’t nice, but this is of the most function oriented Panerai watches I have ever seen. The 44mm wide case is standard Panerai size, and the titanium used to make the case and bracelet ensures light weight even though the hefty package. The Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight Titanium is an excellent watch for the conservative watch lover who values function and is drawn by the Panerai name.