If there was just one Base that Paneristi want, it could be the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days PAM372. For those that do not know, Base is the term for Panerai with only hours and minutes (like PAM Zero & Base Fiddy). Why you may ask? Probably because it combines many Panerai DNA Paneristi like, including the iconic case and minimalist military style.
First seen at SIHH 2011, the Luminor PAM372 is a regular production watch with 3,000 units and ongoing production thereafter. When first look at this watch, the first other Panerai that comes to our minds is the Base Fiddy. It is better known as PAM127 Limited Edition 1950 “Fiddy”.
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days PAM372
Let us take a step back to the, and look at the Radiomir and Luminor names that identified the luminescent material used. Over the years, the two names are used to identify the shape of the cases of the iconic watches. The Luminor case was actually born out of Radiomir case to make it more water resistant. As a result, the crown-protecting device was added.
Moving forward to 2002, we take a look at the special edition model Luminor 1950 Fiddy Pam127. Limited to just 1,950 pieces, the price of Base Fiddy doubled, given the fact that it is in high demand. We were told that the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days PAM372 was a result of this high demand. PAM372 Luminor is made a regular production piece so that everyone can own a two hand 1950 style model.
More details on Luminor 1950 PAM 372 and PAM127
Similiar to the Fiddy, the PAM 372 comes in a 47mm 1950 style stainless steel case. However, some may feel that the 47mm case is a bit too large for their wrist and considered the PAM390 instead.
Of course, there are some differences between the both. For example, the PAM372 has a polished case instead of a brushed and a cushion-shape profile with slimmer lugs. PAM 372 also comes in a domed 3mm thick Plexiglass crystal. Comparatively, PAM127 comes in sapphire crystal. Plexiglass is known to be thicker and non-scratch resistant, but it adds a ‘warmth’ feeling to the watch.
To sum up the differences, the table below shows the difference between the both.
|case type||47mm OP6835||47mm OP6576|
|case finishing||polished stainless steel||brushed stainless steel|
|crystal||3 mm thick Plexiglas||2 mm thick sapphire|
|movement||in-house P.3000||ETA based OPXI|
|case back||sapphire crystal||sapphire crystal|
|power reserve||3 days||56 hours|
|dial color||black sandwich||black sandwich|
|dial text||Luminor Panerai engraved underneath the 12||Luminor Panerai printed underneath the 12 and 1950 printed above the 6|
|crown guard||lever closes upwards||lever closes downwards|
|seconds||no||sub seconds dial at the 9 o’clock poistion|
The movement in Luminor 1950 PAM372
The beating heart inside the PAM 372 is the in-house Officine Panerai hand-wound caliber P.3000. The in-house caliber has a power reserve of 3 days when fully wound, and is extremely smooth while doing so.
To give the Luminor PAM372 a more vintage look, Panerai decided to include two vintage looking straps. Like most Panerai watches, it is also supplied with an additional spare Plexigals and a screwdriver as well.
In summary, Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days PAM372 offers a historic case which marks a transitional phase. While it has the characteristic Luminor features, it also has a new rounded cusp-shaped case-band; similar to the cushion form of the Radiomir case. The price of Panerai PAM372 is around USD$7,000.
One thing for sure – Your life will never be the same again once you have owned your first Officine Panerai watch.
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