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Published on 10-22-2010 11:24 AM

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Review of the Panerai PAM 00352 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic

By: John B. Holbrook, II


When I think "Panerai" the image which immediately jumps to my mind is an oversized Luminor-style model with a black dial and a leather strap. I don't think I'm alone in that image association either - it's that unique, iconic look which is in the very DNA of all things Panerai. But because of the success and popularity of Panerai models on leather straps, it's easy to forget that Panerai makes an impressive bracelet, like the one found on the Panerai PAM 00352 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic.

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The PAM 00352 is in many respects a classic Luminor, with its 44mm case diameter, and matte black dial (protected by a 2.6mm thick, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating). A combination of Arabic and stick hour markers encircle the dial, which shows the hour and minute, along with a second hand sub-dial located at 9 o'clock, and a small day of the month display located at 3 o'clock. The large case diameter combined with the simple, high-contract dial design make for a watch dial which is nearly unparalleled in legibility. The case (water resistant to 300 meters) and bracelet are constructed from titanium with a combination of both brushed and polished finishes applied. Of course, the PAM 00352 also features Panerai's iconic crown protection system.

While many "Paneristi" are dyed-in-the-wool strap loyalists, I tend to prefer a watch with a bracelet and am pleased that Panerai offers a high quality bracelet option for this watch. Being constructed from titanium, the bracelet is extremely durable, light weight and comfortable. The adjustable links are held in place with screws (versus the less favorable but cheaper friction pin options) and features a hidden two-button clasp with a solid deployant.

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What really puts the icing on the cake for this watch and helps separate it from the sea of oversized mechanical sport watches is the new Panerai calibre P. 9000, which can be seen beneath the sapphire crystal observation back on the PAM 00352:

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The new P. 9000 is a self-winding mechanical movement with 28 jewels, and a balance wheel which vibrates at 28,800 beats per hour (BPH). The movement design incorporates a twin winding barrel configuration which provides an impressive 3 days of power reserve. The P. 9000 is designed and manufactured in-house by Panerai, with the exception of the Glucydur® balance and Incabloc® anti-shock protection incorporated into the movement. Note the free-sprung balance wheel which is tried-and-true regulating system used by most high-end movement manufacturers. The P. 9000 exhibits signs of a good finishing detail, and modest decoration applied - note the blued screws and attractive finish on the rotor and bridge work.

The retail price of the Panerai PAM 00352 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic is $9,300.00. With the PAM 00352, Panerai has offered up an oversized luxury mechanical sport watch constructed from titanium, and containing an impressive in-house manufactured movement, on a metal a price under $10,000.00. That's a pretty strong value proposition when compared to some of the other strong offerings which compete in this very popular product segment. Panerai certainly hasn't rested on their laurels and continues to offer ever-improving models, which explains the ever-growing ranks of the "Paneraisti."

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**Photos & Text Copyright 2010 WATCH TALK FORUMS. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.

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