Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat PAM848 (With Specs And Price) Grade 1 Replica Watches

Apart from the movement, the case shape, which sandwich dial, the other signature element of the Luminor household of watches is the fact that lever-operated safety system for dogging down the crown. This system is simple, powerful, and smart. The curved locking lever has a small roller on the end of it that, when you lock it down, presses on the wafer-shaped crown against a gasket in the crown tube, sealing the eye. It is more elaborate than the usual screw-down crown, but it offers an extremely positive system for ensuring water stays out of the case and it is an excellent alternative to the somewhat neater sense of a screwed-down crown (and there is no probability of cross-threading either, as occasionally happens with watches whose crowns are screwed into position). Another big advantage of the locking lever is that it’s just plain fun to play, and even though to do this too much is kind of against the soul of the watch (the whole point of an eight day movement was to decrease to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked place) at the exact same time you will probably discover the urge to play with it irresistible.Despite the size, this is only one of those easiest-to-wear watches I’ve ever had on. As a result of the thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness from the lugs into the tip, it feels really secure and it’s a pleasure to get on. The best thing about it, other than the chance to play with the locking lever, is your dial; this item glows like a harvest moon.This is a tiny private note; my very first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, glowing like crazy in 1968, therefore any watch that lights up at the night the way PAM 560 does is fine by me. The movement is a far better piece of work than I gave it credit for initially. It is fair, it appears bulletproof and it’s plenty of really nice chronometric features hard to find at this price, and if you want something with the amount of design the PAM 560 has that also includes a free sprung balance and 8 times of gas at the tank it has a really small list. I am a late convert to the Panerai faithful and I am not saying there are not other watches available with this price point that do not offer a great value too — but then again, they are not Panerais.

Panerai continues its series of annual Sealand editions dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac with the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat (PAM00848), featuring a hunter case decorated with gold-inlaid hand-engraving.

Fitted with distinctive flip covers over the dial, the hunter cases of Panerai Luminor Sealand watches are a perfect canvas for engraving. To be officially unveiled at SIHH, the 2015 edition of the Luminor 1950 Sealand is dedicated to the Year of the Goat, the seventh in an annual edition for each year’s Chinese Zodiac and also the first in the Luminor 1950 case. While most of the earlier Sealand watches were engraved by Purdey, the maker of precious hunting rifles, Panerai now turns to Italian craftsman for the gold-inlaid engraving. The steel lid is first engraved by hand, and then fine gold wires are beaten into the grooves of the engraving until the image is formed in gold.

The inside of the lid has a little mirror, and beneath it is a steel grey dial that differs from the typical Panerai look. Minimalist with just a “12”, the dial has black baton indices with tiny luminous dots.

Unusually, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is the first Sealand watch to use the Luminor 1950 case as well as an in-house movement, the P.9000. Earlier Sealand editions used the standard 44 mm Luminor case which lacks the more complex form of the 1950. Those were also powered by a simple Unitas movement.

Available only at Panerai boutiques and produced in an edition of just 100 watches, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is priced at 32,500 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to about US$26,000. Panerai isn’t alone with a Chinese Zodiac-themed timepiece, Vacheron Constantin will also present a Year of the Goat edition at SIHH 2015.