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


All the finishing seems to be machine-produced, but the borders of the plates as well as the countersinks are nicely beveled and polished still — adding a little flair to an otherwise very technical looking motion. Texts are in blue and are very tastefully done in comparatively small, discreet letters — and this still contrasts well against the subtle, horizontal brushed finishing of this plates.Overall, the P.5000 is a taste that is developed in the meaning that it doesn’t at all want to be the prettiest, most shockingly good-looking motion out there — however, on a personal note, part of me is happy about that and I appreciate that Panerai seems to have thought this through and proceeded with something which complements their military styling and legacy more. The P.5000 also includes an impressively low variety of components at just 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably could have been a wonderful component but would certainly have pushed up the price and added more complexity. Therefore, in this instance and paired with all the 192-hour power book, I didn’t miss it that much.Price for the the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, that will be CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, which has essentially the exact same dial (distinct lume colour and foundation logo at 6) but the OP that I (ETA 6497) hand-wound movement as opposed to the P.5000. To put it differently, the P.5000 with its 8-day power book will run you an extra CHF 1,200 which, for anybody familiar with Swiss luxury watch pricing practices, actually is not that large of a jump.Sticking using all the P.5000, Panerai has a wide assortment of alternatives to the PAM561 including the same watch with a black dial (PAM560) in addition to a titanium-clad version (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.

At SIHH 2015 Panerai 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.