Just when I think I know exactly what Panerai watch to get next, I am thrown for a loop. My criteria is simple. The watch needs to possess the spirit of what Panerai stands for, it needs to be exclusive, and it needs to be within my budget and hold its value or appreciate in value over time.
I really thought I had made up my mind and was getting very close to pulling the trigger to buy the PAM00448. The PAM00448 is the 47 mm Radiomir California 3 Days, which I wrote about last year and was a special edition for 2012, You can read my full review of the PAM00448 and watch the video here .
I recently had the opportunity to see, try on and drool over the last living example of a brand new Panerai PAM00449 at a Panerai Boutique. The PAM00449 is a 47 mm Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days and is the counterpart to the PAM00448. This watch is also a special edition for 2012.
Just like the PAM00448, the PAM00449 has a 47mm stainless steel Radiomir case, a very special dial known as the S.L.C. dial which is different from the PAM00448 dial which has a California dial.
This watch screams vintage Panerai and evokes the spirit of what Panerai stands for by paying homage to the original model from the 1920’s and 1930’s with a better, more sophisticated modern- day in- house manufactured P.3000 movement. I love that it has a domed plexi glass crystal because that’s what the original vintage model had. A lot of collectors are up in arms about that because plexi glass can scratch or crack quite easily in comparison to sapphire, but a second plexi glass crystal is supplied in the box and can be fitted on the watch within the 2 year warranty period if need be.
Other distinguishing factors that make this watch so cool are, the steel blued hands, wired lugs, the onion crown, the vintage looking strap and the fact that it’s numbered to 750 pieces for the world.
As you can see from the actual wrist shot above the watch looks really happy on my wrist and belongs there and I feel it would be a great compliment to my Panerai PAM000372 if anyone wanted to buy me one. I am just saying!
Technical Specs for the Panerai PAM00449
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.
Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.
See-through sapphire crystal.
Black with luminous dots and hour markers.
Plexiglas®, 2.8 mm thick.
10 bar (~100 metres).
PANERAI personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panera
Please watch the video below