The hand-wound Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) was among the new timekeepers presented by Panerai during the SIHH 2011 event. Featuring a gorgeous ceramic case in a color of dark chocolate, the PAM 375 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 the task of writing positive “reviews” about things they don’t 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 brands like Panerai.
Sometimes I have to use the search field on my own blog to check whether I have already reviewed this particular model 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 Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) belongs to the latter kind.
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 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 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 the 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) specification
Price: $12,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, Calibre P.3000/1, 37.22 mm in diameter, 5.30 mm thick, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 120 hours
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: 26/22 mm
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