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

This is the most stripped-down view in Panerai’s present collection and additionally, it signifies the entry level price to the world of Panerai in-house movements. It’s actually a rather new motion — the caliber P.5000 was introduced only a couple of years ago back in 2013, HODINKEE creator Ben Clymer have a look at the opinion where it was released: the PAM 510, which has a moments sub-dial at the 9:00 position. The PAM 560 is newer than the movement — we watched it for the very first time at the 2014 variant of this SIHH, and the impression we have is that it’s part of a general move across the board to make all Panerai watches powered by in-house movements. We have not spent an enormous amount of time together with Panerais really on the wrist in HODINKEE, but the company’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made movements made us curious to see what sort of an impression the PAM 560 makes in person.It’s not the biggest Panerai (after all, there is the 52 mm Mare Nostrum) at 44 millimeters in diameter. It is water resistant to 300 meters, and there is sapphire front and back so you can observe caliber P.5000 at work. The very thick strap is held in place by screwed-in bars along with the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, with a curved, broad pin that only happens to replicate the shape of the lever which holds the crown set up (whether intentional, or serendipitous, it’s a very nice touch). That mix crown-guard/locking system, as well as the utterly uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is exactly what makes the Luminor instantly identifiable.

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.