I am happy to say that since 2001, I have had the pleasure of owning and wearing several Panerai watches. To have been part of this brand from the beginning of its evolution in the US has been an amazing journey.
I have never felt the way I felt after owning my first Panerai watch, the very cool Panerai Luminor 44 mm Power Reserve PAM00090. My obsession with this brand grew instantly to the point within a two-year period I had 5 Panerai watches. What drew me in more and more was its history, masculinity collectibility and size. I even had the coveted “Fiddy” ( the holy grail PAM00127 47 mm Luminor 1950) as it’s known to Panerai collectors and addicts around the world!
In the last 5 years the brand has grown in leaps and bounds with many more models and innovations with complications and in-house movements. To be honest, part of the fun of this brand was being able to buy something fun, cool, collectible and historic which made you feel like you were part of something solid but different for short money compared to what you can buy one for today.
So it was to my surprise to try on a true historic piece a few days ago that brought back those indescribable feelings, the PAM00372, This is one of my favorite Panerai watches executed today and has restored my passion and love for the brand.
The PAM00372 was released at SIHH 2012 in Geneva and became available to the public 4 months ago. This is a 47 mm Panerai 1950 stainless steel case with an in-house manual wind 3 day movement. Everything from the incredible base sandwich dial with all 4 Panerai numbers and no second-hand, to the color of the dial which has been treated to look patina or aged, to the gold hands, to the polished stainless bezel, to the marriage of the Luminor and Radiomir case making the ultimate 47 mm 1950 Panerai case makes this watch flawlessly iconic. The P.3000 in-house 3 day movement proves to be as robust as the dial and case, while everything is all tied together with the brown vintage looking calf strap with over-sized stainless steel bottle opener buckle. In my opinion, it’s a must have watch, it’s limited to 2000 pieces for the world which is a big production number, but it doesn’t mean they will all be produced.
Watch Specs for PAM00372
Movement: hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16½ lignes, 5.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 160 components.
Functions: hours, minutes.
Case: diameter 47 mm, polished steel.
Bezel: polished steel.
Back: see-through sapphire crystal.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as a Trademark) brushed steel.Crystal: Plexiglas®, 3 mm thick.
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~100 meters).
Strap: PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size brushed steel buckle.
Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.