Aside from the movement, the case shape, which sandwich dial, another signature element of this Luminor family of watches is that lever-operated security system for dogging down the crown. The curved locking lever includes a small roller on the end of it which, if you lock it down, then presses on the wafer-shaped crown from a gasket from the tube, sealing the eye. It’s more complicated than the usual screw-down crown, but it also offers a very positive method for ensuring water remains out of this case and it’s a great alternative to the slightly neater feeling of a screwed-down crown (and there’s no risk of cross-threading either, as occasionally occurs with watches whose crowns are screwed into place). Another big benefit of this locking lever is it is just plain fun to play, and even though to do this too much is kind of against the soul of this watch (the entire point of an eight day movement was supposed to decrease to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked position) in the same time you will likely find 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 trick, it seems really secure and it is a pleasure to get on. The best thing about it, other than the chance to play with all the locking lever, is your dial; this item glows like a crop moon.This is a tiny private note; my very first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, shining like mad in 1968, therefore any watch that lights up at the night that the way PAM 560 does is fine by me. The motion is a far better piece of work than that I gave it credit for originally. It is honest, it looks bulletproof and it’s a ton of really nice chronometric features difficult to find at this price, and if you want something with the total amount of design the PAM 560 has this also includes a totally free balance and 8 days of gas at the tank it has a very small list. I am a late convert to the Panerai faithful and I am not saying that there are other watches available with this price point that don’t offer you a great value too — but then again, they aren’t 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 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!