Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica PAM580 Grade 1 Replica Watches

This is the most stripped-down watch in Panerai’s current collection and additionally, it signifies the entry level price into the world of Panerai in-house moves. It’s really a relatively new movement — the caliber P.5000 was released just two years back back in 2013, HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer have a look at the watch where it was introduced: the PAM 510, which has a seconds sub-dial at the 9:00 position. The PAM 560 is newer than the movement — we watched it for the first time in the 2014 variant of the SIHH, and the feeling we have is that it’s a part of a general movement throughout the board to produce all Panerai watches powered by in-house movements. We have not spent an enormous amount of time with Panerais really on the wrist here in HODINKEE, but the firm’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made movements made us curious to find out what sort of an impression that the PAM 560 makes in person.It is not the largest Panerai (after all, there’s the 52 mm Mare Nostrum) in 44 mm in diameter. It’s water resistant to 300 meters, and there is sapphire front and back so you can watch caliber P.5000 at work. The very thick strap is kept in place by screwed-in bars and the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, using a curved, broad pin that just happens to echo the shape of the lever which holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it’s a very wonderful touch). That mix crown-guard/locking system, as well as the utterly uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is exactly what makes the Luminor instantly identifiable.

At SIHH 2015 Panerai Watches Limited Edition Replica will unveil the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica, a variation of its Luminor chronograph, in matte black ceramic.

Two years ago Panerai unveiled its P.9100 in-house chronograph movement, a self-winding calibre with a condensed chronograph display featuring just two central hands. First available only in steel or gold, the P.9100 has now made its way into the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica PAM580 with a black ceramic case. The look of the new chronograph is classic Panerai: the case is matte black ceramic with a 44 mm diameter, while the dial and hands have faux vintage ivory Super Luminova. 

The chronograph has just two hands, both mounted on the central axis of the dial. A blue hands records the elapsed seconds, while the rhodium plated hand just below does the same for the minutes. In addition the chronograph has a flyback function. Constant seconds is displayed in the sub-dial at nine o’clock, with the date just across. A sapphire display back – tinted grey as Panerai has done with other ceramic watches – reveals the P.9100 movement. It has a three day power reserve as well as the usual bells and whistles of a modern chronograph, like a column wheel and vertical clutch.

The price of the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica has yet to be announced, but it will be between US$12,800 and US$30,900, which are the prices of the same model in steel and rose gold respectively. An educated guess would peg it at around US$18,000.