Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 ‘California Dial’ Watch


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Love them or hate them, one thing that you cannot do with Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days replica watch is ignore them. Panerai has once again made waves at Watches & Wonders 2015 with their latest special edition replica watches.

We first wrote about them here, but we thought that it would be useful to expand on these replica watches now that we have had some hands-on time and also a couple of days to ruminate on them. Today, we shall begin with what is probably the more controversial of the two, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629.

I’m of course referring to the new Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 “California dial” replica watch, and also its twisted sister, the PAM617.

 


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The PAM629 uses Panerai’s tried and tested Luminor 1950 case which is 47mm wide. This makes the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 a large replica watch. While it may large, the lugs do curve quite pronouncedly, so it’s not uncomfortable to wear even if you have smaller wrists. And because it is rendered in titanium, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 also feels remarkably light. The sheer weight of this Panerai replica watch messes with your mind. You are expecting a hefty piece, and yet when you pick it up and put it on, it feels like a much smaller replica watch. The DLC coating helps make the case more resistant to scratches and wear, and it is a first for Panerai in the sense that their DLC pieces have traditionally used steel cases.


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Moving on, what’s really controversial about the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is its dial. Yes, it has what is known as a California dial. This dial design, which consists of half Roman numerals and half Arabic numerals, is special to Panerai because it was used on the Panerai reference 3646, one of the very first Rolex-made Panerais. It is a very unique design to be sure, and up until the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629, the California dial has only appeared on Panerai’s cushion case Radiomir replica watches. And it is for this reason that Panerai traditionalists are crying foul.


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But these curmudgeons aside, the neutrals will once again point towards Panerai’s relunctance to adapt and conjure up something that is truly new. The new Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is surely iterative rather than revolutionary, but that’s what Panerai does best. Besides, I thought last year’s Radiomir 1940 chronographs were pretty refreshing. I digress… so back to the PAM627. Well, the fact that it is the first Luminor replica watch to wear a California dial should surely mean something in the annals of Panerai’s history and will thusly ensure this model’s success. Furthermore, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is limited to just 300 pieces and its intended target audience will certainly not mind that the PAM629 is not historically correct.


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In fact, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is dripping with cool. The dark, black case coupled with the equally black dial contrasts perfectly with the faux vintage markings and gold hands. The case is rendered in typical Panerai quality, which is to say it’s really good. The lines are sharp and the uniform matte finish seems to almost suck up light, which makes the gold hands stand out even more sharply. The supplied Ponte Vecchio calf strap also screams quality, though I suspect some users would be miffed that it tapers down to just 22mm. I personally prefer a uniform 26mm strap on my 47mm Luminor 1950 replica watches.


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Inside, the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is powered by the P.3000 calibre. It’s used widely in many other 47mm Panerai replica watches and is as tried-and-tested as they come. It features two barrels which give it a power reserve of 72 hours, or 3 days – but I’m guessing you already knew that from the replica watch’s name. Other notable features are the full balance bridge and free sprung balance. However, owners won’t be able to see any of this because the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 has a screwed down titanium caseback.


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The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC PAM629 is priced at $11,700, which is quite a bit of money when you remember that the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days (PAM372) is priced at around $9,100. But then, consider this: you get a titanium case with DLC finish as well as a unique dial to match.The fact that it is limited to just 300 pieces is just the icing on cake.   I would even say that since the Panerai PAM 629 replica watch is the first Luminor to have a California dial, it’s a little piece of Panerai history.

The Historic Root of Panerai Fake in Watch Field

1860: the foundation year of Panerai replica watch . Giovanni Panerai opens the first watchmaker’s shop in Florence. Panerai started to offer instruments and watches to the Italian Royal Navy due to its precision machinery and excellent quality. Till today, Panerai has become the world-known top luxury watch brand.

1890-1900 year: Guido Panerai expanded the Panerai’s business and become the official supplier of Italian Royal Navy.

1915-1918: Panerai precision instruments were used during the World War I by the Royal Italian Navy, including a night attack gun sight of the luminous device, timing device, depth gauge, and to help high-speed torpedo boats (MAS ) launched torpedo mechanical calculator.

1900: best quality fake Panerai watches was moved to the Piazza San Giovanni site in Florence. The name Orologeria Svizzera still visible today. In this period, the first deliveries of precision optical and mechanical instruments are made to the Ministry of Defence.

1910: It was a very important year for modern Panerai’s design. It saw the birth of luminous materials. The luminescence is achieved using a mix of zinc sulphide and radium bromide given later the name Radiomir. The luminescence feature is the common one of all Panerai watches. And a major collection of Panerai Radiomir was born. Later on, many variations of Panerai Radiomir copy watch were launched.

1934: Giuseppe and Maria started to control and continue developing their father’s business. Giuseppe devotes himself almost entirely to the company’s business of supplying underwater instruments, torches, wrist compasses and wrist depth gauges to the Royal Italian Navy, while Maria is mainly concerned with running the Orologeria Svizzera shop.

1936: To meet the Royal Italian Navy, Panerai offered a Radiomir prototype is submitted to the Command of the First Submarine Group and the watch passed all the tests with flying colours. It was a masterpiece withstand the extreme conditions.

1938: Panerai provided Radiomir watches for the Italian Navy. The Radiomir watch faetured 47 mm cushion-shaped case, wire loop strap attachments welded to the case, screw-down crown, luminous dial easy to read under water in the dark, and a hand-wound mechanical movement supplied by Rolex. The wide strap was made of oiled and punched leather with its extra long length for diving suit.

1949: Radiomir mix luminous substance was replaced by the patent granted Luminor based on tritium. The Luminor collection of Panerai watches take its names from this luminous substance.