January 21, 2013

Panerai PAM508 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Ceramica Review

Panerai PAM00508 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Ceramica Review
  Dang! This watch is pure drool! W&R is a sucker for a killer dive watch and the Panerai PAM508 will for sure be quite a few people's new "grail" watch. Panerai has made this watch in a limited edition of 1000 pieces, unveiled at SIHH 2013. The case is done in an ominous black ceramic (Ceramica), with beige/vintage colored Super-Lumi-Nova. The beauty of this lume are the markers and indices do not contrast as much against the black case/dial to take away from the dark depths the PAM508 seems to arisen out of.
  Panerai used the 1950 style 47mm case that is much loved and revered by W&R. This Luminor Submersible has the standard Panerai layout, small seconds at 9 o'clock, and date window at 3 o'clock. Most will be happy that there is no cyclops over the date. Seems the majority of folks on the watch forums prefer none. The black ceramic bezel is anti-clockwise unidirectional, as any proper dive watch should be. Imagine having a ceramic bezel and not having to worry about scratches. Stainless steel Panerai bezels are scratch magnets. Seriously. Under the hood, powering the PAM00508 is Panerai's calibre P.9000. As the name suggest, the P.9000 has a 3 day power reserve. 
  For the size of the watch and the watch trend, W&R was surprised to see this Luminor with only 300m of water resistance. Actually, it was a pleasant surprise. All these watches flooding the market with crazy depths and HEV's that will never be used. A rating of 300m is perfect, can do any activity with little worry. The PAM508 1950 3 Days Ceramica comes on a leather strap, with a second rubber strap and screwdriver. 
  W&R does not know the official price yet, but will update soon. One thing is for sure, to have something this cool will not be cheap. Especially, with the name Panerai on it...

Pros - looks simply amazing, ceramic, 1950's case
Consideration - being a limited run expect the cost to sky rocket

Specifications & Dimensions:
Movement: Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9000 calibre
Power Reserve: 3 days, two barrels. 197 components.
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time.
Case: black ceramic.
Case Diameter: 47mmBezel: Black ceramic anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel 
Caseback: Screw, titanium with special hard black coating.
Crown: Black ceramic.
Dial: Black with applied luminous hour markers. 
Crystal: Sapphire, made of corundum, 4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
Water Resistance: 300m
Strap: personalised leather strap, with titanium buckle with special hard black coating. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

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