The new Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT (PAM 347) automatic wristwatch that has just been presented at SIHH 2010 trade show, is basically the same PAM 321 model that was presented exactly a year ago, but with its black alligator strap replaced with a more practical stainless steel bracelet that features vertical brushed finishing and polished surface between the links.
As you may have already guessed, the refreshed watch is still equipped with the same Caliber P.9002 manufacture-made automatic movement. First presented last year at SIHH 2009 together with calibers P.9000 (three-hander with date) and P.9001 (the same plus GMT display), the mechanism simply adds a power reserve indicator to the list of data that it is able to display. Featuring extra forty moving parts compared to the most basic member of the family, the movement may be a bit more expensive to keep in good working order in the long run, but it is still simple enough not to be a pain in the brain compared to more advanced in-house movements that look as complex as tiny V12 engines.
Its two main-spring barrels store enough energy to power the PAM347 for at least 72 hours without negatively affecting its isochronicity and are winded by a bi-directional rotor that makes the mechanism a lot more efficient than most ETA-sourced movements.
Featuring traditional sandwich-style matte black dial with green Superluminova visible through numerous slits that are shaped like sticks and Arabic numerals, it sports not only the traditional hours, minutes and small seconds indicators, but also adds to the mix a second time zone display with a bespoke secondary hour hand (it is decorated with a traditional arrow-shaped head with a luminous triangle inside it so discerning the home and local time zone indicators shouldn’t be a problem), a rather small date display, and a traditional semi-circular power reserve indicator that looks like a fuel gauge of a classic American muscle car. Equipped with a “0-72” scale that is, too, printed in green Superluminova, it is also easy to read in any circumstances.
The glossy stainless steel bezel nicely contrasts the brushed surface of the 44 mm cushion-shaped case and makes the watch feel somewhat lighter than it actually is although it will also soon become a collector of all sorts of dings and scratches since the watch is clearly designed for persons who prefer to lead an active lifestyle and can afford wearing a $10,000 watch while doing that.
With its 2.6mm thick sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown, the PAM347 is rated at 300 meters of water resistance making it a nice diving watch. Well, without the traditional diving scale on its bezel it is actually not much of a true diving tool, but at least you won’t have to take it off your wrist in case you make an impulsive decision and decide to take a dive in a rented scuba gear.
Panerai plans to sell the watch at a recommended price of around $10,000, but the MSRP will wary around the world with different custom duties, taxes and all that affecting the final retail price.
Photos: Officine Panerai
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT PAM347 watch specification
Price range: $10,000
Movement: Panerai P.9002 Calibre, automatic, 237 parts, 31.0 mm in diameter, 7.9 mm thick, two mainspring barrels, in-house, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Complications: Date, GMT, power reserve indicator
Power reserve: 72 hours (3 days)
Case material: Brushed steel
Bezel material: Polished steel
Case shape: Cushion
Transparent case back: Yes, sapphire crystal caseback
Case size: 44.0 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Dark brown
Strap: Metal bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, corundum, 2.6 mm thick, antireflective coating
Water resistance: 300 meters