This time around Officine Panerai decided to unveil two new special edition watches, while attending this year’s “Watches & Wonders” event, in Hong Kong. The timepieces in question are variations on the “Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC” model. One is now available with a traditional sandwich dial, while the other can be acquired with a “California” dial, which consists of a half Roman, half Arabic numeral dial.
Their reference numbers are distinct, but they share similar history. The PAM 617 comes with a black dial and the typical Panerai design with: the OP logo, large markers, a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position and the 3, 6, 9 and 12 Arabic numerals telling time. In essence this is a faithful reproduction of the 1950’s design, adding the modern feature of the now iconic Panerai lever action crown guard, originally introduced in 1993.
While the PAM 629 also has a black dial, but bears the previously described “California dial” which is also a special homage to its past, by mimicking the first Panerai watch to be made, the: Radiomir of 1936. While also adding the lever action crown guard and keeping the dial nice and simple, with no logo or other elements besides the half Roman, half Arabic numerals on its dial.
The titanium case on these watches is 47mm and finished with a DLC coating for scratch resistance. This Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) coating finish, is a move in the right direction by Panerai to ensure a blemish free longevity to these timepieces. And it all seals up with a solid caseback and a doomed sapphire crystal securing up to 100m (330 feet) of water resistance. Both watches are mounted to a “calf ponte vecchio” dark brown strap, with a steel PVD black coating buckle.
Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC
These “Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC” are powered by an in-house, manual wind P.3000 caliber movement, with 21 jewels and up to 72 hours of power reserve. They also feature a “quick-set” which is a great feature for changing time-zones, allowing the hour hand to jump an hour at a time, without interfering with the movement of the seconds hand or the running of the watch.
All these vintage and modern Officine Panerai elements can be had in conjunction in the midst of a PAM 617 or PAM 629. Each model will have a limited edition run of 300 pieces for each model and can both be had for the same retail price. A very impressive mid-way homage to the Panerai Luminor collection of the past and present.
Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC – MSRP: $11,700.00 USD
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