So, its been a long two years the world has waited to see the highly anticipated Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero 44mm 1950 Ceramic GMT. I recently had the opportunity to hold, play and try one on. I am not a fan of Panerai watches on bracelets because I am a purest who is obsessed with its history and origins.
Panerai bracelets are modern innovative and distinct from any other watch available in the market today. This particular watch on a bracelet is even more unique because its made out of black ceramic. Ceramic watches have become popular in the last few years in part because of the influence and popularity of Panerai watches. Panerai has not only made watches in an all black finish cool to wear but collectible and highly sought after.
The Panerai PAM00438 is a 44mm 1950 GMT with a 3 day in-house P9001 movement in black ceramic. The watch is very comfortable, has a great weight, easy to read and easy to set. The matte black ceramic bracelet is elegant, as each link is reminiscent of the device protecting the crown which further enhances the brands trademark and reinforces its identity. The black sandwich Arabic dial showcases 11 Panerai numbers and a date at the three o’clock position in a contrasting dirty rusty gold, which is a great contrast to the black ceramic case and bracelet. The clasp is made out of titanium, which is very smart on the part of Panerai because the stress points of a bracelet always lie within the clasp. Titanium is a very hard, light and durable material. The GMT hand is very easy to set with the winding crown and is easily distinguished from the hour and minute hand because of its size and shape.
Think you can easily get your hands on this watch? Think again! There are only 1,000 units of this model being produced per year for the world. Should you have the means to purchase this watch and you are interested, you should. The retail price of this watch is $16,300 at the moment, nothing is official or confirmed but I hear a price increase is coming real soon.
Technical Details of the Panerai PAM00438 Tuttonero
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9001/B calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 229 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset.
Diameter 44 mm, black ceramic.
See-through sapphire crystal.
DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN
(protected as a trademark) Black ceramic.
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2.3 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
10 bar (~100 metres).
PANERAI personalised ceramic bracelet with sandblasted steel buckle. Supplied with a steel screwdriver.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.