But exactly what exactly the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 lacks in historical accuracy and stealth capabilities it makes up for by being among the more affordable, in-house-movement-equipped and refreshing-looking options in a sea of boring blue and black dial watches.Panerai may be a new only a handful of — admittedly very similar — collections, yet it is just one among few that have an almost unearthly power in bringing their first-time client back for one more version… and then yet another, and another, and so on. Therefore, I don’t feel the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a standard “first Panerai” — for this, check out our Cost of Entry informative article on the cheapest Panerai you can buy.I picked the PAM561 especially because I wanted to critique a Panerai that isn’t a clear choice but something one could in fact wind up contemplating after looking at the current production line-up of this brand. Clad in a 44mm-wide Luminor instance, it is a simple, legible, and one of Panerai watches, competitively priced offering which also packs a peculiar hand-wound, in-house-made motion having an 8-day power reserve.Being the simple watch that it is, there is not much pizzazz to become distracted by. But that only means that the fewer number of more prominent elements need to work together all the greater — and, with one notable gripe notwithstanding they do.To this day, I stay positively baffled by how imaginative this Luminor case layout is, particularly in 44mm where proportions together with the dial elements I find much more spot on compared to 47mm. The larger case is proportionate but frequently too big to work well with the dialup, in my view.
Panerai is continuing its streak of gently coloured dials – last year’s was a quartet in metallic blue – with three watches sporting dark, military green dials, the very same colour scheme first seen on the Luminor Bronzo limited editions. Representing each of Panerai’s case styles, the trio share the same sandwich dial construction that’s something of a Panerai Watch Transporter 2 Replica signature.
The dials are made up of two plates: an upper disc featuring cut-outs for the hour markers, while the lower disc is painted with Super-Luminova visible through the cut-outs.
The Radiomir 8 Days Titanio PAM 735 is titanium, 45mm in diameter and equipped with the hand-wound P.2002 movement. It has three barrels and an eight day power reserve, along with a power reserve indicator on the back. Additionally, it has a convenient zero-reset hack seconds that allows for precise time setting. Additionally, the hour hand is independently adjustable in one-hour steps, allowing for easy change of time zones when travelling.
Slightly more affordable by virtue of the simpler movement and steel is the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio PAM 736. This is 47mm in diameter and features the P.3000 movement, the basic in-house calibre found in most entry-level, 47mm Panerai watches. It has a date display and a three-day power reserve.
And the top of the line is the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio PAM 737 that’s 44mm in diameter. Somewhat of a rarity since Panerai introduces fewer complicated chronographs now, focusing instead on simpler, affordable watches, the PAM 737 a single-button chronograph with second time zone hand.
It boasts an eight-day power reserve shown on a linear indicator at six o’clock that was once a Panerai specialty. And it has a day and night display at nine o’clock.
The movement inside is the P.2004, which is hand-wound and features a vertical clutch and column wheel.
Price and availability
The green dial boutique editions are presented in a green-lacquered cherry wood box and accompanied by a spare rubber strap. They are already available at Panerai boutiques, priced as follows:
Radiomir 8 Days PAM 735 – €11,800 or S$17,350
Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM 736 – €8,900 or S$13,100
Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT PAM 737 – €17,600 or S$25,900