This year at Watches & Wonders 2015, Panerai unveiled their new entry level models that will first be available exclusively at Panerai Boutiques and Panerai authorized retailers later on. These two references are known as the Panerai PAM00630 & Panerai PAM00632. These are Panerai’s new logo models in 44mm.
The PAM00630 is a Luminor Base with a white dial and a 44mm polished stainless steel case with a brushed device protecting the crown. To the naked eye this looks very similar to the regular Luminor Base with white Arabic dial. but there are some nuances that make it different. This watch is limited to 1,000 pieces for the world. There is a blued OP Logo above the six o’clock Arabic numeral which is a first for Panerai. This provides great contrast and a subtle but impactful pop of color. The index dots have a vintage feel as they resemble tritium which pays homage to the older Panerai models. The movement is the hand wound ETA Unitas movement that was used in the earlier models. Lots of collectors hem and haw at this but at the same time, what do you expect from a Panerai priced at $4,750? This watch also has a solid stainless steel snap on case back instead of screw down case back and use spring bars to connect the strap to the case instead of screw bars. The snap on case back I will get over even though it’s kind of a cheap cop out but the spring bars instead of screw bars really? The whole point of Panerai watches is that it’s easy for the consumer/wearer to switch straps and engage with the watch easily and quickly. The spring bars delay this process and make it more of a challenge in my opinion. The watch is fitted on a monte carlo black calf strap with polished bottle opener style buckle.
The PAM00632 is a Luminor Marina with a chocolate dial and a 44mm polished stainless steel case with a brushed device protecting the crown. This watch is also limited to 1,000 pieces for the world. At first glance this is reminiscent of a PAM00005 Logo. This definitely has a much more vintage feel because of the chocolate dial instead of the black dial and and contrasting lume that gives it warmer and richer tones. This also has the Panerai OP Logo but in white instead of the steel blue featured on the PAM00630. I am not a fan of the OP logo on either model at all. It throws off the design language and makes it look cheap. This watch is fitted on the monte carlo gold calf with polished bottle opener style buckle. This also has a Unitas ETA hand wound movement. The case back is a solid stainless steel snap in case back and has spring bars instead of screw bars. The retail price the PAM00632 is $5,000. My only real gripes with both watches are the OP Logos and use of spring bars instead of screw bars. Personally I would have liked to have seen these priced and $3,700 for the PAM00630 and PAM00632. At the end of the day they both look great on the wrist and are still a decent value for what you are getting when you compare them to the rest of the Panerai collection!
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