In January 2011, the Swiss-based Italian watchmaker will present its new Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM 422). The ref. 422 is going to be limited to 2000 pieces and will be powered by their brand new Panerai P.3001 in-house hand-wound caliber. Featuring the same easily recognizable exterior, the watch will get better power reserve thus becoming a more interesting choice for those who like to keep their collection of watches in constant rotation on their wrists.
Judging by the movement’s specs that I was able to find, it has very much in common with the Panerai P.3000/1 caliber that we have seen last year ticking inside the Panerai Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) and in a number of other watches from the Italian brand.
Sporting the same double-barrel winding system, the movement is still good for the same 72 hours before the mainspring will lose it juice affecting the timekeeper’s accuracy.
As you can see on the photo below, the new watch is equipped with an easy to read power reserve indicator that, probably, in order to keep the PAM 422‘s face clean, is only visible through the gadget’s transparent case back.
By the way, the classic dial of the watch with the familiar small seconds indicator at 9 o’clock is protected from the elements not with the usual in this price segment sapphire crystal, but with a hardened Plexiglas material, which is easier to scratch, but is a lot more difficult to shutter.
As usual, the movement sports a very Spartan level of decor. However, the brushed surfaces successfully underline the extremely high level of execution of all of its 207 components.
At 16½ (more than 32 millimeters) in diameter, the movement is large and so is the case that measures whole 47 mm in width. The piece will surely look good on the mighty wrist of Mr. Stallone (no doubt, we are going to see the piece in the next installment of The Expendables,) but for an ordinary office worker it is going to be totally overkill.
Although in its press release Panerai refers to some vintage model that influenced their designers, I must admit that for me it is just another Panerai. Not that it is bad: we can always get a Breitling if we want something different, right?
As for the price, the MSRP for this new specimen is stated at pretty standard for Panerai $9600. While still a bit overpriced from the general perspective, the price seems to be justified by the exterior design of the timekeeper, which is unique to this brand.
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM 422) specification
Price: $9600 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, Panerai P.3001, in-house, 32.22 mm x 6.30 mm, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Movement decoration: Brushed
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Power reserve: 72 hours (3 days)
Case material: Stainless steel, polished
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 47.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Stick-shaped, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Natural leather strap with Panerai brushed-steel buckle
Crystal: Plexiglas, 3.00 mm thick