Panerai Introduces The Paneristi 15th Anniversary Luminor PAM634 (With Specs & Pricing) Japanese Movement Replica


Let’s discuss caliber P.5000 to get a minute. It is a big motor: 2 mainspring barrels which you may readily see running in both big jewels, providing eight days of running time at 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in string, pushing torque through a really classically organized going train, together with the centre wheel observable through a large cutout from the plate. I guess technically speaking we would have to call this a 3/4 plate movement as the third wheel bridge isn’t actually a bridge at the typical sense of this word, but instead the result of producing the cutout. That cutout plus the shape of the major plate around the balance give a very aesthetically pleasing, but still utilitarian effect, which is totally appropriate for what was, after all, initially intended to be a tool lookout, plain and simple. The going train is arranged so that the fourth wheel is just opposite the crown, which can be exactly where you’d find it into a pocket watch, and if you would like a tiny seconds dial in which it would have been in one of those Angelus pocket watch powered Panerais all you need to do is conduct the fourth wheel pivot through the dial and place a hand on it (that was what Panerai did with all the PAM 510).The balance, which can be held in place by a really solid looking bridge, looks a little small for the motion but again, that’s probably just because the movement’s so large; in 15 3/4 lignes, or simply about 35.7 mm, it’s a pocket — watch rather than a wristwatch grade (unless you are in the bigger-than-average-wristwatch business, which Panerai manifestly is). In general, we think that it’s an impressive piece of work — we have used the term hardy and sturdiness is very much the takeaway impression one has of the P.5000. Interestingly enough, incidentally, the P.5000 includes a free-sprung, flexible mass equilibrium, which is a really nice touch, especially at this price point — if you look carefully at what seems like the regulator you will see that it’s really not a regulator, but a stud carrier (in other words, the carrier for the stud to which the outer terminal of the balance spring is attached). The screws holding the balance bridge set up run through threaded collars on the bridge and can be employed to correct end-shake (the quantity of vertical “play” between the tips of the equilibrium staff as well as the endstones of the shock-jewel assembly.

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.