2006 was a land mark yer for Panerai. You could say they had their horological bar mitzvha, going from regular pedestrian movements to in-house manufactured movements that year.
The watch that really kicked it off and is a symbol of the progression of their evolution is the PAM0233 -Luminor 1950 8 Day GMT. This watch took the 1950 case in a 44 mm diameter in a brushed stainless steel case, a sandwich dial with engraved Arabic numerals for the ultimate throwback to vintage, a linear 8 day power reserve indicator and an in-house 8 day P2002 manual wind movement for a modern day engine.
To me, the PAM00233 is the unsung hero of the entire Panerai collection because it truly embodies what the company stands for today from a historic and modern-day perspective and has the two most useful complications in the industry of power reserve and second timezone.
Over the last 7 years, The PAM00233 has undergone some subtle but important changes including in 2007, a new case back with the OP logo engraving and in 2009 the day/night disc was changed out to a much more legible am/pm indicator making the dial look cleaner and not as crowded. This watch is fitted with an Italo/Tunnel strap which is unique to this watch only.
I am very partial to the 1950 47 mm case because I love the vintage aspect, but I must say even though the PAM00233 is a 44 mm case this watch is extremely comfortable and is the perfect juxtaposition between modern, vintage and classic. To their credit, it is a real testament to Panerai and their quest for digging deep to ensure their relevance in the watch world.
Technical Detail for the PAM00233
Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2002 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 6.6 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days with linear indicator, three barrels, seconds reset device. 247 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, 24h indicator, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset.
Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel.
See-through sapphire crystal.
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(protected as a trademark) Brushed steel.
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds and 24h indicator at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.
Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
10 bar (~100 metres).
PANERAI personalised calf strap and large-size brushed steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable rubber strap and a steel screwdriver.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai