Aside from the movement, the case silhouette, which sandwich dial, another signature element of this Luminor household of watches is that lever-operated safety system for dogging the crown down. The curved shoulder lever includes a small roller on the end of the which, if you lock it down, then presses on the wafer-shaped crown from a gasket in the crown tube, sealing the eye. It’s more elaborate than the usual screw-down crown, but it features an extremely positive system for ensuring water stays out of this case and it is a great alternative to the slightly fiddly feeling of a screwed-down crown (and there is no risk of cross-threading either, as occasionally occurs with watches whose crowns are screwed into position). The other big benefit of this locking lever is it’s just plain fun to play, and even though to do this too much is sort of against the spirit of the watch (the entire point of an eight day movement was supposed to decrease to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked position) at the same time you will likely discover the urge to play it irresistible.Despite the dimensions, this is only one of the easiest-to-wear watches I have ever had on. Thanks to the thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness from the lugs to the trick, it feels really secure and it’s a joy to get on. The best thing about it, other than the opportunity to play with all the locking lever, is your dial; this thing glows like a crop moon.This is a little private note; my first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, shining like crazy in 1968, so any watch that lights up the night that the way PAM 560 does is okay by me. The movement is a much better piece of work than I gave it credit for originally. It is fair, it looks bulletproof and it has a ton of really nice chronometric characteristics difficult to see this cost, and if you want something with the amount of design the PAM 560 has this also has a free sprung balance and 8 times of gas at the tank it’s a really small list. I’m a late convert to the Panerai faithful and I’m not saying there are other watches out there for this price point that don’t offer you a great value too — but then again, they aren’t Panerais.
Panerai has announced a 500-piece limited edition Luminor Base Logo for the 15th anniversary of Paneristi, the brand’s enthusiast community website.
Paneristi is the Panerai enthusiast website, one that has created a community, in the truest sense of the word, dedicated to Panerai. For the 15th anniversary of the site, which was founded in 2000 by Guy Verbist, Panerai has created a limited edition Luminor Base Logo (PAM00634) with a blue OP at six o’clock. The third Paneristi edition – after the PAM195, PAM360 and PAM532 – the 15th anniversary PAM634 is a Luminor equipped with the hand-wound OP I movement (which is essentially a Unitas 6497) behind a solid case back. Notably the case back is a snap-on case back, a first for a Luminor, instead of the screw-down back typical of Panerai and other dive watches. Another feature traditionalists will bemoan are the spring bars for the strap, yet another first, instead of the traditional screwed bars synonymous with Panerai.
This is the first Paneristi edition that does not have a black PVD coated case, instead the 44mm case is polished steel with “Paneristi” engraved on the crown lever.
Another feature unique to this edition is the blue OP logo at six o’clock. Though this is the first for a dial, the blue logo has been used widely in the SIHH 2015 collection on straps. And the Super-Luminova on the dial is ivory, approximating the look of tritium-dial, Pre-Vendome Panerai watches from the 1990s. The PAM634 is limited to 500 pieces with a retail price os US$4200, which is slightly less than the US$4900 retail price of the PAM000 “logo”, the equivalent watch from the regular collection. Intended primarily for active members of Paneristi, the PAM634 order process can be found on the forum. Source: Paneristi Update June 29, 2015: Edited to include snap-on back and spring bars.