I always tell my clients not to buy watches with blue dials because they are too trendy and won’t withstand the test of time.
As I have learned from being in the industry over many years, there are always exceptions you can make in certain situations. I am not really a fan of watches made in red gold either, so this is definitely a very unusual situation for sure.
I recently had the distinct pleasure and honor of seeing, photographing and handling the Panerai PAM00538. The Panerai PAM00538 is a watch I probably shouldn’t like, but I really do! This is a 45mm Radiomir 8 Days GMT Oro Roso. This combines that old world charm with the very rich and warm 45 mm Panerai Radiomir case, an incredible blue SLC dial with a linear 8 days power reserve. GMT function, subseconds am/pm indicator at the nine o’clock position and date function at the three o’clock position.
This is a beautifully simple yet technically complicated timepiece that can be worn everyday if you wish. Personally. I would wear this as a dress watch, but for some it’s a daily wearer because it has such an amazing contrast and incredible attention to detail while remaining simple in it’s execution. From start to finish, this watch is a class act with the subtle yet functional touches of the screw-down onion winding crown, blue crocodile strap, red gold wired lugs and when the watch is flipped over, you are completely captivated with how well finished the in house P.2002/10 calibre movement really is.
The cushion shaped 45 mm Radiomir case hugs the wrist and is very comfortable and yet because it’s made out of solid 18k red gold, it has a great weight to it which balances it out. There are only 300 pieces for the world, so the watch is somewhat exclusive and I would put this toe to toe up against any fine watch manufacturer out there today.
Technical Details for Panerai PAM00538
Hand-wound mechanical with skeletonized bridges, Panerai P.2002/10 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, 3 barrels. 246 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, 24h indicator, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset.
Diameter 45 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalized OP.
18 ct. polished red gold.
See-through sapphire crystal.
Blue with luminous 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, 1.2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
5 bar (~ 50 metres).
PANERAI personalised alligator strap and 18 ct. polished red gold adjustable buckle.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai
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