Finally, the PAM 321 includes a 72 hour power reserve with an indicator at 4 o’clock that utilizes a typical Panerai lumed hand (like the seconds hand) moving across a marked semicircle signaling zero to 72 hours. The indicator interferes slightly with the GMT hand when the lumed arrow mind travels across it, however, that is a little cost to pay to quickly understand that you ought to wear or end the watch. I also found the energy reserve indicator to be accurate, showing just 36 hours staying when I fully charged the watch and left it on my Wolf Designs watch winder with a 36 hours start delay.As mentioned I wore the PAM 321 in a variety of contexts: at the pool; interacting; at parties; and even snorkeling and skin diving in the shore. What became apparent after that week is that I think I finally “got” what makes Paneristis so angry in their Panerai watches. It’s a fire that develops from using a watch with unique style that is versatile (myriad of available third party straps that may be altered easily), which is legible (simple, super clean dial and fonts with beautiful lume), and that has a solid presence on the wrist that’s difficult to match with any other watch.With such a strong cult-like after, the requirement for Panerai watches keeps getting stronger with some models selling out completely after they are introduced. The PAM 347 that’s the same version but using the bracelet is priced at $10,600. Since the bracelet is tough to discover and sells in the Panerai shop for $2,400 (when you can find it!) , I would recommend getting the PAM 347 if you like steel bracelets or are thinking of obtaining a bracelet in the future. Panerai watches are also well-known for their sumptuous leather straps and also the Luminor GMT PAM01088 is no exception. There is even another black rubber strap when the wearer decides to go for a dive or just wants to add a new look to the watch.
Perhaps their view has some emotional connection to an event in their past, maybe it was a present, and if you are like us (see nerds) you love having a useful mechanical toy onto your wrist which likewise includes style. While I usually easily comprehend my fellow watch enthusiasts, I’ll be the first to admit that originally I did not know precisely the subgroup of watch nerds that are quite frankly fanatics of the Officine Panerai brand, otherwise known as the “Paneristis”.If you aren’t familiar with this breed of watch fan, only spend a few minutes perusing the Paneristi forum and that I pretty much guarantee you will leave the website astonished, maybe confused, by the real enthusiastic and regular articles from Paneristis all over the world. They discuss every model, post movies, speculate on new versions, provide advice to novices, and even frequently throw parties (around the planet) where fellow Paneristis come for a fantastic time, make friends, and of course show off their beloved Panerai models.I was simply ignored when I discovered the Paneristis and didn’t understand why they existed in the first location. Also mesmerizing was why Panerai, a relatively recently revived watchmaking company with restricted styling, had become this iconic brand? That’s, I was ignorant, until I got my first Panerai… In this post I will examine my Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT or PAM 321 while still attempting to shed some light on the Paneristi motion. While I do not consider myself a member of this “cult” however, I do now have a heard appreciation for the brand and its products and that I think I also understand what the fire is all about — or at least I will share with you my opinions on the topic.
Our speed test revealed that Panerai has done a good job of adjusting the movement. Though it gained eight seconds on the wrist, its normal profit on the timing machine was a mere 3.7 minutes. The best deviation among the various positions (five seconds) is quite respectable, too. The amplitude remained full of most positions.For a watch with a manufacture movement, the cost is fair, just slightly more expensive than the earlier models that included ETA movements. Few watches with in-house motions in this price range offer a comparable selection of functions.There are reasons why folks love and wear their watches. Perhaps their watch has some emotional connection to a event in their past, maybe it was a gift, and if you’re like us (see nerds) you love using a helpful mechanical toy onto your wrist which likewise includes style. While I usually easily understand my fellow watch enthusiasts, I will be the first to admit that initially I did not know precisely the subgroup of watch nerds who are quite frankly fanatics of the Officine Panerai brand, otherwise called the “Paneristis”.If you aren’t familiar with this strain of watch lover, only spend a few minutes perusing the Paneristi forum and I pretty much guarantee you will leave the site amazed, maybe confused, by the real enthusiastic and frequent posts from Paneristis all around the world. They talk about every model, post pictures, speculate on brand new models, give advice to newbies, and even frequently throw parties (all over the planet) where fellow Paneristis come for a good time, make friends, and of course show off their beloved Panerai models.
Finally, the PAM 321 includes a 72 hour power reserve with an indicator at 4 o’clock that uses a typical Panerai lumed hand (similar to the seconds hand) moving across a marked semicircle signaling zero to 72 hours. The index interferes slightly with the GMT hand when the lumed arrow head travels across it, however, that’s a little cost to pay to quickly know you should wear or wind the watch. Additionally, I found the energy reserve indicator to be accurate, showing just 36 hours staying when I fully charged the opinion and left it in my Wolf Designs watch winder with a 36 hours beginning delay.As mentioned I wore the PAM 321 at a variety of contexts: at the pool; socializing; at celebrations; and even snorkeling and skin diving at the beach. It’s a passion that develops from having a watch with unique design that is versatile (myriad of available third party straps that can be changed easily), that is legible (simple, super clean dial and fonts using amazing lume), and that has a strong presence on the wrist that is tough to match with almost any other watch.With such a strong cult-like following, the demand for Panerai watches keeps getting stronger with some models selling out entirely once they are introduced. The PAM 321 reviewed is an 2012 N series which is limited to 2000 units and retails for $9,800. The PAM 347 that’s the exact same version but using all the bracelet is priced at $10,600. Since the bracelet is hard to discover and retails at the Panerai shop for $2,400 (if you can find it!) , I would recommend getting the PAM 347 if you like steel bracelets or are thinking of getting a bracelet in the future. Presented to a rich brown leather strap with a steel tang buckle, the Luminor GMT is wonderfully comfy to wear and a joy to look at. There’s even an additional black rubber strap if the wearer decides to choose a dive or just wishes to bring a new look to the watch.
The most important disadvantage of the bracelet is adding 60 grams to an already marginally heavy case that weighs in at 140 grams without straps.A comparatively new version by Panerai, the Luminor GMT PAM01088 made its debut in 2016 to substitute the PAM00088. In the end, Panerai timepieces were born as diving watches to the Italian Navy in the first part of the 20th century.Moving onto the dial, the Panerai Luminor Gmt 1860 Replica PAM01088 bears quite somewhat more information relative to other Panerai models. While many Panerai Luminor watches typically only have the fundamentals on the dial–hour and minute hands on Luminor Base watches or hour and minute hands together with a running seconds subdial on Luminor Marina versions– that the Luminor GMT offers plenty more.I am now so happy with my PAM 321 I am thinking of incorporating a Submersible 47mm version for my list of future timepiece acquisitions… And believe me after I got the PAM 321 I thought this would be my first and last Panerai, since in the moment, in my eyes that they seemed exactly the same. I see each model and I quickly lust at the additional features or slight differences.In addition to the semi-skeleton hour and minute hands and gray subdial housing the tiny moments, there is also a date window and a GMT function. The GMT purpose allows the wearer to read another time zone as a result of the arrow-tipped hand pointing to the 24-hour markers on the periphery of the dial. Practical indeed! Characteristic of Panerai watches, the Luminor GMT PAM01088 is supplied with lots of lume and lights up beautifully in the dark.
Our speed evaluation revealed that Panerai has done a fantastic job of finely adjusting the movement. Although it gained eight minutes on the wrist, its average gain on the timing machine proved to be a mere 3.7 minutes. The greatest deviation among the numerous places (five minutes) is very respectable, too. The amplitude remained high in most positions.For a watch with a manufacture movement, the price is reasonable, just slightly more expensive than the earlier versions that included ETA movements. Few watches with in-house motions in this price range offer a similar selection of functions.There are reasons why people wear and love their watches. Maybe their watch has some psychological connection to an event in their past, perhaps it was a gift, and if you’re like us (watch nerds) you love having a helpful mechanical toy onto your wrist which also includes fashion. While I usually readily comprehend my fellow watch enthusiasts, I’ll be the first to admit that initially I didn’t understand the subgroup of watch nerds that are very frankly fanatics of the Officine Panerai brand, otherwise called the “Paneristis”.If you aren’t familiar with this breed of watch lover, just spend a few minutes perusing the Paneristi forum and that I pretty much guarantee you will leave the website amazed, maybe confused, by the genuine enthusiastic and frequent posts from Paneristis all around the world. They discuss every model, post pictures, speculate on brand new versions, provide advice to newbies, and even regularly throw parties (all over the planet) where fellow Paneristis come for a fantastic time, make friends, and of course show off their cherished Panerai models.
Like most Panerai watches, the PAM 321 is quite large at 44mm and sits high at 19mm. It is not for smaller guys though I have seen many pictures on the Paneristi discussion of what seems to be smaller guys and even women wearing 44mm as well as bigger Panerai versions… For me personally, in my almost 7 1/2 inch wrist, the 44mm case chairs perfectly as the lugs are curved down without overpowering my wrist. The black alligator strap that came with it’s high grade and seems to be machine stitched from white.Perhaps the most amazing part of the PAM 321 (and of many Panerai watches) is its amazing legibility, day or night. This is the end result of the sandwich dial structure where the hour markers along with the 12, 6, and 9 hour marks are filled with Panerai luminescent that simply excels with just a little bit of charge. Historically, Panerai has had different innovations in that area, including utilizing radium-based luminescent, which has been replaced with the non-radioactive luminor material which gives the show its moniker. The legibility is indeed good that simply using it during the day, you’ll get all nighttime legibility… so it is the ideal watch to sit on your night table. Aiding in that legibility is a nicely domed sapphire crystal on top of the grandfather clock-like easy dial with the Panerai special font which can be read from a distance.Using the included tools (strap change plus flat screwdriver) I can quickly change to the provided black rubberized strap. It gives the watch a more sporty look and turns it into a veritable “diving” watch. While not a true diver (no rotating bezel, though it’s 300m water resistant) I had no issues with it at the pool and in the shore where I used it, to the dismay of my younger brother Laurent, as my preferred snorkeling watch as we hunted off the seas of Montrouis, for lionfishes (Pterois)–a predatory species which has invaded the waters of the Atlantic.
All in all, despite its large 44-millimeter diameter, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT is quite comfortable to wear, even though the lugs don’t curve very far down, which provides this significant watch a tendency to slip back and forth across the wrist. Luckily, our concerns that the crown shield might poke uncomfortably into the back of the wrist were unfounded.The crown shield’s hinged lever also doesn’t interfere with the operation of the watch. It can be quickly opened, and it is easy to turn the large, easy-to-grasp crown while the watch is strapped to the wrist, making all the setting works user-friendly. The mainspring can be manually wound when the crown is pulled out to its original extracted place; the hour to the local time could be reset in hourly increments when the crown is in its second position — a very practical feature for those who frequently travel outside their home time zone. The date screen jumps backward or forward accordingly, so readjusting it is simple and quick, despite the lack of a genuine quick-adjustment mechanism.When you pull on the crown all the way out to its third position, the seconds hand on the subdial at 9 o’clock will race back to zero, the balance will stop oscillating, along with the hours and moments can be flashed in the typical way. Afterward, you may just swing the lever over the crown and use it to press it into its secured place. Its return activates the seconds hand to restart moving. Synchronizing this watch with an audible time sign or a radio clock is very simple because of this zero-return mechanism for the seconds hand, also used by A. Lange & Söhne and found on vintage Panerai watches. Like the return-to-zero function for the elapsed-time hands of a chronograph, it’s triggered by a lever within the movement, acting on a return-to-zero heart mounted onto the staff of the seconds hand.
On top of all that, the PAM 321 includes all the in-house P.9002 automatic motion that includes a few interesting and useful features. To begin with, the PAM 321 is C.O.S.C certified and comes with an exhibition caseback that reveals the 3/4 plate movement decorated with blue screws and rubies. The ribbon is not too done which works nicely for the main tool temperament of this watch. The motion is a GMT at which the hour hands (as soon as the crown is released and pulled to position one) will shift rapidly in leaping fashion.Interestingly, the GMT hand is colored exactly the same as the dial and is lean such that by transferring the hour hand over it, it is possible to conceal the GMT hand and convert the PAM 321 to a non-GMT watch. This is similar to what is usually possible with other GMT watches in which the GMT hand makes one revolution of the dial in one day. The date changes once the hour hand makes two revolutions of the dial. But 1 drawback, highlighting that this is not a “real” GMT watch, is that you don’t easily know whether the GMT hand is signaling AM or PM. Some Panerai models, e.g., PAM 270 and PAM 335, comprise an added AM/PM indicator using the P.2003 movement.Two added characteristics of this movement would be the rapid reset seconds as well as the 3-day power reserve indicator. To begin with, by releasing the crown and pulling it to the second place, you can move the moments hand and the GMT hand. But what’s cool is that as soon as you pull the crown to that second position, the seconds hand immediately moves to zero and also the movement stops. This permits you to precisely set the current time to a reference time. No longer do you want to await the hand to reach 60 so as to prevent it and place it accurately. The P.9002 motion does this for you.
|Model||Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic|
|Location||United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta|
|Availability||Ready to ship in 3-5 days|
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