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REVIEW: The Panerai PAM 00352 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic>>>>>>>

Review of the Panerai PAM 00352 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic
By: John B. Holbrook, II
10/18/10​


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.


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.




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:


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 bracelet....at 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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John:

Wow, very nice looking watch and a great review. For me, when I think of Panerai, the Luminor Marina models are the ones that come to my mind, but with the other metal bracelet, don't know what is called, but has the same shape as the crown guard.
 

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Wow the metal bracelet really changes the overall look of the watch. I'm not usually a fan of the Panerai style but that one really pops with all the SS.
 

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Thanks John, great review, watch and pictures! I really like this model and the fact it's an automatic watch. Also the fact it doesn't have a glued on magnifying thing over the date helps a lot.

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Cinq
 

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Nice review :)

Some great pics mate. Like the cross between old and new OP with the mini fiddy case and REG TM CG but a flat crystal with auto and DW etc. Sub looks dainty as well!! ;)

That Crown is a real hybrid of OP crowns!

Must say I really cant get on with that bracelet, I am old school on that if it has to be a bracelet then the old style is much more my choice.

There is so much more character to them with the CG shaped links and better shoulders IMHO. These ones are more bland rather than simple in design.

I would much prefer a strap though on these styles the only exception is the Chronos and GMTs. :biggrin:
 

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You mean you had this watch and we didn't get together over a wrap and a smoothie for a little show and tell?????? :eek:hmy: :crying:
 

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Thanks John, great review, watch and pictures! I really like this model and the fact it's an automatic watch. Also the fact it doesn't have a glued on magnifying thing over the date helps a lot.

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Cinq
Panerai does not glue on their cyclops magnifiers, just fyi.
 

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Good review. I have to second some of the opinions shared already about the new bracelet though. I prefer the old bracelet as well because it had real character. The new one is quite simply bland.
 

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Very nice watch, but I must be 'old school' as well.
That bracelet just doesn't do it for me.
Eventually I am looking forward to see this watch on a strap.
 

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Glad everyone's enjoying the review!

Predictably, many of the "Paneristi" types prefer this watch without a bracelet. But variety is the spice of life. :biggrin: I'm sure many outside the narrow confines of the Paneristi will really did this watch on a bracelet. :thumbup1:
 

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Glad everyone's enjoying the review!

Predictably, many of the "Paneristi" types prefer this watch without a bracelet. But variety is the spice of life. :biggrin: I'm sure many outside the narrow confines of the Paneristi will really did this watch on a bracelet. :thumbup1:
I don't think that it is necessarily the lack of strap but the new design of the bracelet, at least for me. What is your opinion of the new bracelet in comparison to the previous one? Have seen or handled a watch that has the old one?
 

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Glad everyone's enjoying the review!

Predictably, many of the "Paneristi" types prefer this watch without a bracelet. But variety is the spice of life. :biggrin: I'm sure many outside the narrow confines of the Paneristi will really did this watch on a bracelet. :thumbup1:
i have a 328 and bought it because it has the ss bracelet....you can always get straps for a reasonable price but these bracelets are a bit pricey
 

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I'm sure the bracelet is of great quality, but its just rather bland compared to the polished/brushed look of the older version. Part of the reason I get the watch on a strap is the size. 44m is pretty darn large on my 6.5" wrist. When you put a bracelet on these watches it just seems to make them look that much larger on my spindly wrist. I'd probably be ok with one on a 40mm Panerai though.
 

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Great review!

+1 on the old versus new bracelet.

I can only someday hope to afford a Ti Luminor on a strap, though, so my vote doesn't count!
 

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I don't think that it is necessarily the lack of strap but the new design of the bracelet, at least for me. What is your opinion of the new bracelet in comparison to the previous one? Have seen or handled a watch that has the old one?
At one time, I was doing close to 100 watch reviews a year, so I probably did play with the older one at one time, but don't recall any huge difference.
 
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