I frequently get asked what Panerai would I recommend for a women? To me, the answer was a struggle untill last year at SIHH when Panerai released the 1940’s case.
The PAM00512 is my choice for the perfect Panerai watch for a women. This has a 42mm 1940’s case in stainless steel which is any bit as vintage Panerai heritage while remaining sophisticated and feminine.
Please don’t get me wrong, the Panerai Luminor case looks good on a women and there is nothing wrong with a women wearing a mans watch, but it lacks elegance and grace.
42mm is a great size on a women and has a refined cushion shaped profile that really hugs the wrist. This watch can be worn by a man as well, but the 45 mm or 47 mm variations are much more appropriate.
The functions of the PAM00512 are hours, minutes and sub-seconds at the nine o’clock position, while the dial is a black sandwich dial with luminescent Arabic numerals, indices and hands. The crown is stainless steel and screws down to lock and protect it to a water resistance of 100 meters or 336 feet. The movement of the watch is the hand-wound Panerai P.999/1 in-house caliber movement that can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback and has a power reserve of 60 hours. Finally, the watch is fitted with a black crocodile strap with contrasting white stitching on a stainless steel polished bottle opener buckle.
Technical Specs for the Panerai PAM00512
Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.999/1 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 12 lignes, 3 mm thick, 19 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 60 hours. 144 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds.
Diameter 42 mm, AISI 316L polished steel. Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.
See-through sapphire crystal.
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.
Sapphire, made of corundum, 1.6 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
10 bar (~ 100 metres).
PANERAI personalised alligator strap and trapezoidal polished steel buckle.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.