The new Panerai Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) hand-wound watch was among the new timekeepers presented by the legendary Italian brand during the SIHH 2011 event. Featuring gorgeous ceramic case in a color of dark chocolate, the timekeeper still features the same trademark exterior that doesn’t bring anything new in terms of industrial design.
Being a freelancer for most of my life, I feel pity for professional copywriters. No, really! Every day they confront a task of writing positive “reviews” about things they don’t really care about.
The task gets even more difficult when you get a bunch of specs and a stack of photos and all you see is the same product with some minor differences here and there. Yes, the repetitiveness factor clearly doesn’t help when you have to write ten press releases using a lot of superlatives and effectively becoming a well-paid barker of the XXI century.
Well, sometimes I feel their pain, too, when it comes to timepieces created by Panerai.
Sometimes I have to use the search field on my own blog to check whether I have already reviewed this watch or that and now have to visit a doctor with an early case of dementia, or is it really a “new” watch that limits its only difference from the older one to the size of the case or some other minor detail that you can’t even grasp with a naked eye.
The new Panerai Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) belongs to the latter kind of watches.
If you take a quick look at the PAM 375, you can always tell that this is a Panerai. The problem is that you will have to look really hard in order to tell which Panerai is that.
Presented in a gargantuan 47 mm case made of matte brown ceramic, the watch is animated by the in-house Panerai P.3000/1 hand-wound movement.
Guaranteeing 72 hours of uninterrupted operation, the movement beats at a pretty low frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and features two huge spring barrels that store all the necessary power.
Its dial is standard and features the almost inevitable four Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock and the signature double layered dial, which is covered with a thick coating of Superluminova.
The small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock makes the dial to look more alive and the “1950” inscription at 6 o’clock somewhat compensates for the lack of features on this sterile face.
Well, it is just a watch for those who want to get a Panerai on their wrist and look for a proper size or an appropriate dial layout.
If you are looking for hand-decorated dials or painstakingly decorated movements, go and get yourself a Breguet.
Panerai Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) hand-wound watch specification
Price: $12,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Manual (hand-wound,) Calibre P.3000/1, 37.22 mm in diameter, 5.30 mm thick, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 120 hours
Case material: Ceramic
Bezel material: Ceramic
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: 26/22 mm
Case height: No data
Hands: Gold, luminous (SuperLuminova chemical compound)
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Brown leather with ceramic buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire