Grade 1 Replica Watches Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat PAM848 (With Specs And Price)

This is definitely the most stripped-down view in Panerai’s present collection and additionally, it represents the entry level price to the world of Panerai in-house movements. It is actually a rather new movement — the caliber P.5000 was introduced only two decades ago back in 2013, HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer took a look at the opinion where it was released: the PAM 510, that has a seconds sub-dial at the 9:00 position. If you’re not up on Panerai history, the use of an 8 day movement with small seconds is an homage to this history; Panerai used 8-day moves by Angelus in a number of its earliest watches (along with Rolex movements according to Cortebert ebauches). The PAM 560 is newer than the motion — we watched it for the very first time at the 2014 edition of this SIHH, and the feeling we have is that it is part of a general movement throughout the board to make all Panerai watches powered by in-house movements. We have not spent an enormous amount of time together with Panerais really on the wrist here in HODINKEE, but the company’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made moves made us interested to see what kind of an impression the PAM 560 makes in person.It’s not the biggest Panerai (after all, there is the 52 mm Mare Nostrum) at 44 millimeters in diameter. It’s water resistant to 300 meters, and there’s sapphire front and back so you can watch caliber P.5000 in the office. The very thick strap is held in place by screwed-in bars and the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, with a curved, wide pin that only happens to echo the form of the lever which holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it is a really wonderful touch). That combination crown-guard/locking system, in addition to the completely uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is exactly what makes the Luminor instantly identifiable.

Panerai continues its series of annual Sealand editions dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac with the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat (PAM00848), featuring a hunter case decorated with gold-inlaid hand-engraving.

Fitted with distinctive flip covers over the dial, the hunter cases of Panerai Luminor Sealand watches are a perfect canvas for engraving. To be officially unveiled at SIHH, the 2015 edition of the Luminor 1950 Sealand is dedicated to the Year of the Goat, the seventh in an annual edition for each year’s Chinese Zodiac and also the first in the Luminor 1950 case. While most of the earlier Sealand watches were engraved by Purdey, the maker of precious hunting rifles, Panerai Watch Pam 005 Replica now turns to Italian craftsman for the gold-inlaid engraving. The steel lid is first engraved by hand, and then fine gold wires are beaten into the grooves of the engraving until the image is formed in gold.

The inside of the lid has a little mirror, and beneath it is a steel grey dial that differs from the typical Panerai look. Minimalist with just a “12”, the dial has black baton indices with tiny luminous dots.

Unusually, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is the first Sealand watch to use the Luminor 1950 case as well as an in-house movement, the P.9000. Earlier Sealand editions used the standard 44 mm Luminor case which lacks the more complex form of the 1950. Those were also powered by a simple Unitas movement.

Available only at Panerai boutiques and produced in an edition of just 100 watches, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is priced at 32,500 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to about US$26,000. Panerai isn’t alone with a Chinese Zodiac-themed timepiece, Vacheron Constantin will also present a Year of the Goat edition at SIHH 2015.