Aside from the movement, the situation shape, and that sandwich dial, the other signature element of the Luminor household of watches is that lever-operated security system for dogging down the crown. The curved shoulder lever has a small roller on the end of it that, if you lock it down, presses on the wafer-shaped crown from a gasket in the tube, sealing the watch. It is more complicated than the usual screw-down crown, but it features a very positive system for ensuring water remains from the situation and it’s an excellent alternative to the slightly neater feeling of a screwed-down crown (and there’s no probability of cross-threading either, as sometimes occurs with watches whose crowns are screwed into place). Another big advantage of this locking lever is it’s just plain fun to play, and even though to do this too much is kind of against the spirit of the watch (the whole point of an eight day movement was to reduce to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked place) in the same time you will likely discover the urge to play with it irresistible.Despite the dimensions, this is only one of the easiest-to-wear watches I have ever had on. Thanks to this thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness from the lugs to the trick, it seems really secure and it is a joy to have on. The very best thing about it, aside from the opportunity to play with the locking lever, is the dial; this item glows like a crop moon.This is a tiny personal note; my very first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, glowing like mad in 1968, so any watch that lights up the night the way PAM 560 does is okay by me. The movement is a much better piece of work than I gave it credit for originally. It is fair, it appears bulletproof and it’s a ton of really pleasant chronometric characteristics hard to see this price, and if you would like something with the total amount of design the PAM 560 has that also has a totally free balance and 8 days of gas at the tank it has a very small list. I’m a late convert to the Panerai faithful and I am not saying there are other watches available for this price point that do not offer you a great value as well — but then again, they are not Panerais.
At the end of the year that was the best ever, with traffic stats up by over 60% across all metrics, here’s a look at our ten top stories of 2014.
In terms of readership stories on Rolex and Seiko trump all the others, which is unsurprising since both are probably the most searched watch brands online. Other notable stories are our editorials on the end of the road for rising watch prices (ranked 6th and 8th), and the compilation of opinions from key figures in high horology on the Apple Watch. Here are the ten most popular articles of the last year. 10. Hands-On With The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Reissue Jaeger-LeCoultre recreated the Geophysic chronometer as a limited edition, enlarging the case but sticking closely to the look of the original, while making it available at an accessible price – a good recipe for success.
9. Hands-On With The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Ref. 5990/1A We went up close with the Nautilus Travel Time, Patek Philippe’s latest sports chronograph that offers substantially more than the watch it replaces, for just a little bit more money, though the Nautilus is tremendously pricey to start with.
8. Introducing the Longines Heritage 1935, a Remake of its Iconic Czech Air Force Watch Longines reissued its distinctive, cushion-shaped aviator’s watch made for the Czech Air Force in the thirties and we compared the remake with the original.
7. Up Close With The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Ref. 116600 The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 made its comeback at Baselworld 2014, very much the same but significantly improved, especially with the bracelet and clasp. With our comparison of the new and old Sea-Dwellers at number two on the list, the Sea-Dweller is a crowd favourite.
6. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 2) Obviously the answer is yes, and the slowdown in business has proved our thesis. Part 1 of this editorial is number six on this list.
5. Explaining The Panerai Watches New Replica P.9000 Automatic Movement – We Take It Apart And Put It All Back Together We took apart the Panerai P.9000 movement and put it all back together, revealing the details of the calibre and how it works.
4. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 1) Evidently a lot of people agreed.
3. What The Watch Industry Thinks Of The Apple Watch Despite being non-existent, the Apple Watch was probably the hottest timepiece of 2014. We solicited opinions from movers and shakers in watchmaking, ranging from Max Busser of MB&F to Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, about their thoughts on the Apple Watch.
2. COMPARISON: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Refs. 16600 vs. 116600 We put together the old and new Sea-Dweller 4000.
1. Introducing The Seiko Credor Eichi II – The Finest Three-Hand Watch Made In Japan, And Possibly The World But the less affordable ones seem to be even more so. We broke the news of the US$50,000 Seiko Credor Eichi II in August and it quickly became a hot topic. With only 20 made each year, it is no wonder that there is a waiting list for this watch.
Thanks for reading. See you in 2015!