The truth is I am not a fan of watches with white dials period. White dials can really look cheap and boring if they are not executed properly.
I recently had the chance to see and play with the NEW Panerai PAM00499 LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC ACCIAIO. This is watch was released back at SIHH 2014 in January. They are slowly hitting boutiques now.
I believe this to be a first time that we are seeing a 44mm 1950 case in stainless steel with the P.9000 automatic self-winding movement and a white dial with sub-seconds at the nine o’clock position and date at the three o’clock position.
This was a pleasant surprise because it was executed well and had all the right compliments like the black rugby calf strap with contrasting white stitching to match the dial and the hands. Even though it has 10 numbers and a date function, it still looks clean, modern and maintains the integrity of Panerai DNA. The self-winding in house P.9000 movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback.
There are some people that just love white dial watches and don’t care for black dial watches, so this would be the perfect Panerai for them to own for the retail price of $8,500.
Technical specs of the Panerai PAM00499
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 197 components.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date.
Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L polished steel.
See-through sapphire crystal.
DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN
(protected as a trademark) Brushed steel.
White with Arabic numerals and luminous dot markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
Sapphire, made of corundum, 2.6 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
30 bar (~ 300 metres).
PANERAI personalised leather strap and trapezoidal brushed steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a tool for changing the strap and a steel screwdriver.
* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai
Current Retail- $8,500
Please watch the video on the Panerai PAM00499 below