Typical features of the Swiss-made, Italian-designed brand include a satin-finished and pillow-shaped case with a polished bezel, a protective stirrup with a lever used to press the crown firmly to the case, and a distinctively styled dial with large Arabic numerals and hour indices. The 3 Days GMT watch is a faithful interpretation of the first Panerai Luminor model, which debuted in 1950 as a watch for Italian Navy divers. Nonetheless, it isn’t essentially different from other Panerai watches. The unmistakable family resemblance of its goods is both a strength and a weakness of this new brand: if you aren’t fond of this one’s layout, you probably won’t find any other Panerai model to match you. On the flip side, every Panerai watch is instantly familiar to the brand’s many fans. The colour of the ribbon on the date disc is not pure white, but slightly beige. Additionally, we were pleased to note the 3 Days makes do with no magnifying lens found above the date exhibits of some other Panerai watches. Though this version has a number of purposes, its dial does not look cluttered: the hand to the next time zone could be concealed under the hour to the time, and also the power-reserve display is positioned out of sight onto the back.
While this is not an in-house grade designed and manufactured by Panerai, it’s a robust and reliable movement that has been used for more than 40 decades and, is in a configuration unavailable from any other brand.Like many Panerai watches, the dial is clean and simple to read. In spite of all the additional 24-hour ring encircling the matte black dial, Panerai manages to make it legible in a glance. At three o’clock there’s a date sign with quick-change function and cyclops magnifier carved to the bottom of the 3.5mm thick, domed and anti-reflective, sapphire crystal.This design leaves the cap of the watch smooth and unaffected from the magnifier. The hands are polished to match the case then full of superluminova. Along with the luminous-painted indexes, this is where the Luminor name is really apparent. Panerai watches glow quite brightly in the dark and also the PAM88 is no exception.On the wrist, you’d not expect a 44mm wide and 16mm thick watch to be comfortable but, it’s. Panerai has done a fantastic job to design brief lugs that permit the shiny square-scale alligator strap to fall naturally. The strap is also tapered in thickness making it inviting but quite flexible where it needs to be. It is then secured using a signed, butterfly deployant clasp.Panerai’s layout of the Luminor instance, such as previously mentioned, places the Luminor GMT squarely from the tool watch class. However, using a clean layout, precise proportions and fine ending, you can definitely wear this view in a variety of situations. This version is especially versatile due to the polished case that dresses it up a little.
Finally, the PAM 321 has a 72 hour power reserve with a sign at 4 o’clock that utilizes a typical Panerai lumed hand (similar to the seconds hand) moving across a marked semicircle indicating zero to 72 hours. The indicator interferes slightly with the GMT hand once the lumed arrow head travels across it, but that’s a small cost to pay to quickly know you should wear or end the watch. Additionally, I found the energy reserve indicator to be accurate, revealing exactly 36 hours staying when I completely charged the watch and left it on my Wolf Designs watch winder using a 36 hours beginning delay.As mentioned, I wore the PAM 321 at a variety of contexts: at the pool; socializing; in celebrations; and even snorkeling and skin diving in the shore. It is a fire that develops from having a watch with exceptional style that is versatile (myriad of available third party straps which can be altered easily), that is legible (simple, super clean dial and fonts using beautiful lume), and with a solid presence on the wrist that’s tough to match with any other watch.With such a strong cult-like following, the demand for Panerai watches keeps getting more powerful with some models selling out entirely once they are introduced. The PAM 347 that’s exactly the same version but with the bracelet is priced at $10,600. Considering that the bracelet is hard to find and sells in the Panerai shop for $2,400 (when you can find it!) , I’d recommend getting the PAM 347 if you like steel bracelets or are thinking of obtaining a bracelet later on. Presented to a rich brown leather strap with a metal tang buckle, the Luminor GMT is wonderfully comfy to wear and a joy to look at. There is even an additional black rubber strap if the wearer decides to choose a dip or just wants to bring a fresh look to the watch.
There are reasons why people adore and wear their watches. Perhaps their view has some emotional connection to an event in their past, perhaps it was a present, and if you are like us (see nerds) you enjoy having a helpful mechanical toy on your wrist that likewise includes fashion. While I typically easily comprehend my fellow watch enthusiasts, I will be the first to admit that originally I didn’t know precisely the subgroup of watch nerds that are quite frankly fanatics of this Officine Panerai brand, otherwise called the “Paneristis”.If you are not familiar with this breed of watch lover, just spend a couple of minutes perusing the Paneristi forum and I pretty much guarantee that you will leave the website amazed, if not perplexed, by the genuine enthusiastic and regular articles from Paneristis all over the world. They talk about every version, post pictures, speculate on new versions, give advice to newbies, and even frequently throw parties (around the world) where fellow Paneristis come for a fantastic time, make friends, and of course show off their cherished Panerai models.I was simply ignored when I found the Paneristis and did not understand why they existed in the first place. Also mesmerizing was why Panerai, a comparatively newly revived watchmaking firm with limited styling, had become such an iconic brand? That is, I was ignorant, until I received my first Panerai… In this post I shall examine my Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT or PAM 321 while trying to shed some light onto the Paneristi motion. While I do not consider myself a part of this “cult” yet, I have a learned appreciation for the brand and its products and I think I know what the passion is all about — or at the very least I shall share with you my comments on the topic.
|Model||Luminor GMT Automatic|
|Bracelet material||Lizard skin|
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York|
|Case diameter||44 mm|
|Bracelet material||Lizard skin|
|Bracelet length||203 mm|
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|Details Men’s Panerai Luminor GMT PAM88. Stainless steel 44 mm case. Stainless steel bezel. Black dial with luminous hands and markers. 24h indicator on the outer rim. Date aperture, and seconds display. Original Panerai band with a stainless steel deployment buckle. Automatic movement. Sapphire crystal glass. This watch is backed by our one year warranty.|