Panerai Luminor 8 Days - The New Entry Level Panerai?

Panerai Luminor 8 Days – The New Entry Level Panerai?

Could Panerai Luminor 8 Days with P.5000 Movement be the new entry level Panerai? There have been rumors that Panerai PAM 000 and PAM 112, PAM 005 and PAM 111 will be discontinued and be replaced with the 8 Day Power reserve P.5000 movements. Some would imagine the increase in prices by these new in-house movements and some couldn’t imagine the Zero logo with 8 days written on the dial.

For those that have not caught up on Panerai history, the 8 day movement is part of Officine Panerai’s legacy. Panerai used 8 days movements by Angelus together with Rolex movements based on Cortebert ebauches in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. These movements have a long power reserve of 8 days and are typically manual wound movement that are specially requested by the Italian Navy Frogmen. If we pause for a second to think the practical usage of it, winding a watch in a high-risk operation would be the last thing on your mind.

Panerai Luminor 8 Days the P.5000 movement

Talks of their in-house P.5000 movement to replace the ETA movements in Panerai’s entry level watches started, since the first release of 2013’s Luminor Marina 8 Days PAM 510 with the new P.5000 movement. The new in-house movement is a big engine with two main spring barrels, which enables longer, thinner springs configuration that gives it its’ long power reserve. You could not really admire the entire movement through the transparent case-back due to an architecture like some old style movements. Though the large bridge covers almost all the movements, you can still see the balance bridge, the variable inertia balance and the intermediate wheel.

Panerai Luminor 8 Days P.5000 Movement - Caseback
Panerai Luminor 8 Days P.5000 Movement – Caseback

The hand wound P.5000 movement has 127 components and beats at 3Hz or 21,600bph, and is pretty big at 15 3/4 lignes.

Panerai Luminor 8 Days P5000 Movement
Panerai Luminor 8 Days P5000 Movement

Panerai Luminor 8 Days with P.5000 movement – The New Entry Level Panerai?

Panerai has released new 8 Days Luminor models comprising both Luminor Base 8 Days and Luminor Marina 8 Days, and the are all powered by Panerai’s in-house P.5000 movement. In 2013 Panerai unveiled their first two Luminor Marina 8 Days models with P.5000 movement – The PAM510 and PAM511.

One year after, at SIHH 2014, Panerai has introduced 5 more models to join the P.5000 movement. The 3 Luminor Base models are:

  • Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio – PAM 560
  • Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio (White Dial) – PAM 561
  • Luminor Base 8 Days Titanio – PAM 562
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Watch
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Watch

While the other 2 Luminor Marina models are:

  • Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio – PAM 563
  • Luminor Marina 8 Days Titanio – PAM 564
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Watches
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Watches

Do not be confused with other 8 Days watches Like the Equation of Time 8 Days Acciaio PAM 601 or Equation of Time Panerai Radiomir PAM 516. Though they too have a power reserve of 8 days, they run on a different movement – The P.2002/E movement.

Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Watches

Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio – PAM 560 is actually an upgraded version of PAM 112, but with the P.5000 movement.

Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM 560
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM 560

Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio (White Dial) – PAM 561 is the white dial version of PAM 560 updated from PAM 114.

Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM 561
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM 561

Luminor Base 8 Days Titanio – PAM 562 is the upgraded titanium cased PAM 176 installed with the P.5000 movement.

Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Titanio PAM 562
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Titanio PAM 562

Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Watches

Luminor Marina 8 Days – PAM 510 and PAM 511. PAM 510 is Luminor in stainless steel housing, the same as PAM 111 and of cause the difference would be the upgraded P.5000 movement and the ‘8 days’ printed on the dial. While PAM 511 is the exact watch as PAM 510, but is in red gold instead of stainless steel.

Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro-Rosso PAM 510
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Oro-Rosso PAM 510

Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio – PAM 563 interestingly, though it was introduced one year later from PAM 510, it is actually the white dial version of PAM 510, and PAM 563 is the upgraded PAM 113.

Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio PAM 563
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio PAM 563

Luminor Marina 8 Days Titanio – PAM 564 too has Titanium case and is upgraded from PAM 177.

Luminor Marina 8 Days Titanio - PAM 564
Luminor Marina 8 Days Titanio – PAM 564

We would love to hear from you your thoughts on these New Entry Level Panerai, do share with us your thoughts!

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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