Over the last couple of decades, Panerai has grown so far beyond the very first offerings that it had when it was first acquired by the Richemont Group, as to defy description; the company has made everything from some of the most underappreciated tourbillons in the business, to perpetual calendars, astronomical clocks, and pretty much everything else you can think of. Panerai watches have become not only the functional instrument and dive watches that originally made the brand’s reputation among enthusiasts, but exercises in pure design as well and there are now so many different variations on the original theme that it’s possible to find anything you might want in the catalogue – from serious functional dive watches to high complications and everything in between.
The Panerai Luminor Submersible Acciaio PAM00731 is an e-boutique only limited edition of 100 pieces.
And yet, fundamentally, there are and have been, and probably only ever will be, two Panerai Watches Singapore Replica watches: Radiomir, with its wire lugs and echo of the very early days of professional and military dive watches (lest we forget, watches like the Submariner and Blancpain 50 Fathoms are follow-ons to the saboteur’s and combat diver’s watches of World War II) and of course, Luminor, with its distinctive and irresistible lever crown locking system. Both have such strong identities that over the years the variations on these themes have proven inexhaustible, but the basic designs and attributes of the original models still have a powerful appeal.
Panerai has just announced that it has created a limited edition – the Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio PAM00731 – which will be offered, in an interesting twist, not at authorized dealers or Panerai boutiques, but exclusively through Panerai’s online e-boutique. Much of Panerai’s core collection is available to purchase online as well, but this is the first time they’ve offered an e-boutique-only limited edition.
One of its most distinctive features is the deep blue dial.
PAM00731 is a classic, tool-watch Luminor. It’s housed in a 44mm stainless steel case and is water resistant to 300 meters. There’s a unidirectional bezel for timing total dive time and/or decompression stops, and the movement is the Panerai OP XXX caliber – a pocket watch sized movement at 13 1/4 lignes, running in 25 jewels at 28,800 vph. Power reserve is 50 hours and it’s also a COSC certified chronometer.
Water resistance is 300 meters, and the Panerai Luminor Submersible Acciaio PAM00731 features the signature Luminor crown-lock lever.
The two most distinctive features of the PAM00731 are the distinctive locking lever for the crown – which, if you’ve never had a chance to play with one, is one of the most fun ways to secure a crown that’s ever come down the pike – and the dial. The latter is a very deep blue which depending on how the light hits it can seem anything from a sky-at-dawn azure, to almost black.
Price at launch is $7,200, and production’s limited to 100 pieces. You can find it (as well as all of Panerai’s other online offerings) at the US Panerai Watches Copy Replica e-boutique, at Panerai.com.
The crystal, like on many Panerais, is just way too reflective. I have a theory that says this added reflectivity gives a subconscious, unidentified feeling of improved “luxury” to people who know absolutely nothing about watches and are only going with the “the shinier the more valuable” approach. Given the wide popularity and market that Panerai is in, I guess that is a strategy that works. This mentioned, I really cannot think about any other potential explanation — and that I understand even this one is a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, the reflectivity of the crystal is indeed “great” that it gives a remarkably sharp picture of whatever is supporting or you over. You are able to see your face when you look at it or the back of your phone as you attempt to have a picture, or the person leaves on the trees above. Under some lighting conditions, reflectivity is not too bad — it’s in outdoor environments where it actually becomes overly much.Wearability has been excellent, even though this 45mm version, again, is much more perfect for people with 7.5″ or larger wrists. Since it is thin, the PAM674 does not get caught up on sleeves, it just slides under, which makes it that much more comfy to wear. The strap I ended up sporting with the PAM674, though, was that this tan bit out of Junik, which functioned so much better with the general looks. When buying, I’d definitely request the boutique/store to replace the factory black strap to something of this color since, as a daily wearer, this is just a much more vibrant, but no less elegant combination. Furthermore, you can always pick up an aftermarket black strap for twenty bucks or so to wear on more formal occasions.