I have been saying it since the middle of this year and now it’s official. For this SIHH 2014 Panerai has released it’s first novelty, The PAM00557, 1950 47mm Base Left-handed Destro 3 Days.
In 2012, Panerai released the best watch of all time, the PAM00372, 1950 47 mm Base 3 Days. A watch that I wear everyday. 2 years later they cleverly follow it up with it’s left-handed brother, PAM00557. You may remember, back in April I wrote a story on the Panerai left handed Destro, which you can check out here. Panerai left handed watches are very much a part of their DNA and have become extremely desirable, collectible and limited.
This watch is identical to the PAM00372 except that the device protecting the crown is on the left hand side of the 47mm polished stainless steel case instead of the right. You can read my full review of the PAM00372 here. I believe the new PAM00557 will be equipped on an Assolomente strap instead of the ranger strap.
The rest of the criteria are the same, from the plexi glass crystal, to the in-house P.3000 manual wind manufactured Panerai Movement, to the 47mm 1950 stainless steel case right down to the best and most timeless base dial execution in history, The PAM00557, 1950 Base Destro 3 Days will make collectors weak at the knees.
The official unveiling of this watch will take place at SIHH 2014 in Geneva Switzerland between January 20-24. 2014. There is no word at the moment just how limited this watch will be. I am sure if it’s a production piece, you can count on anywhere between 2000-3500 pieces for the year or less. Should this watch be a special edition piece, it will be way more exclusive. Historically, left-handed Panerai models are more expensive than the right handed models, so the price should be between eleven and thirteen thousand dollars. Please stay tuned for more info.
Technical Specs for the Panerai PAM00557
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.