May 1, 2010

Panerai PAM 233 8 Day GMT Review

Panerai PAM 233 1950 Luminor 8 Day GMT Watch Review

  The Officine Panerai PAM 233 was one of the first in the Panerai line up to receive one of Panerai’s new in-house movements, Caliber/Calibre 2002/1. The Calibre 2002/1 is a manual wind movement, with an impressive 8 day power reserve. There are so many things to love about this watch, there is a power reserve indicator, day/night indicator, GMT function, date display, 1950’s case, and sandwich dial. The GMT function is somewhat unique, the GMT hour hand reflects 12 hours opposed to the standard 24 hours. This is accomplished because the PAM 233 has day/night indicator located in the small seconds at the 9 o’clock position. It is the small circle above the 6 o’clock marker displaying AM or PM, very clever. The case is my favorite Panerai design, the 1950 Luminor, with brushed and polished finishes. Located above the 6 o’clock position, is the 8 days power reserve, with a unique sliding power indicator. 
  This is a hard watch not to like, it encompasses so many features that make Panerai special. Nothing has seemingly been over looked on the PAM 233. The fit and finish is as expected from Panerai, top notch. 

Pros - Day/Night indicator, 8 day power reserve, GMT, in-house movement

Consideration - Unlike many Luminors, it is only water resistant to 100m

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: 2002/1
Power Reserve: 56 hours
Water Resistant: 100m
Lug Width: 24mm

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