Strangely, some of Panerai’s very early history is submerged behind murky waters. That’s not to say we don’t know the most important facts about its heritage — namely its supply of dive watch instruments to the Royal Italian Navy, especially during World War II. The cushion-shaped waterproof case of many a Panerai replica watch uk has made for an ideal accompaniment to wearing atop of dive suits over the decades, plus Panerai can take ownership of two patented luminous materials for enhancing visibility in light-limiting conditions; Radiomir and Luminor. These two names were subsequently adopted by copy Panerai to represent a couple of its most widely-recognized collections — the Radiomir, famous for its use by navy frogmen during the 1930s — and the Submersible, identified by its prominent crown protection system. But it’s the waterproof Panerai Submersible replica watch we’re looking at today. Despite Panerai ceasing its production of dive watches for the navy by the 1990s, the design language of these earlier dive watches has remained pretty much unchanged. There are no prizes for guessing why, by the way. The fine forerunner And if we’re talking about the Submersible as an industry icon, it would be sinful not to mention the Luminor. Why? Because the Submersible borrows many a fine attribute from the core design of this model. The Luminor’s exaggerated bridge-like crown is unmistakable. Operated by a lever, it protrudes from the right side of the case (unless, of course, we’re including the Left-Handed iterations). The Swiss movement copy Panerai Submersible adopts these same Luminor characteristics — lume-coated indexes around the hour track accompanied by a set of glowing hands, a small second sub-dial located at 9 o’clock, and a date window at 3 o’clock. The mid ’90s The first model was created in the mid-’90s in response to a request made by no other than famed American actor, Sylvester Stallone. Twelve prototypes were created and thus the desire for the top quality copy Panerai Submersible began to flourish. Bronze, Carbotech™, and Goldtech variations are now available, too. If you want a flyback chronograph, the SUbmersible line also has you covered. And that’s not to mention vintage-inspired Luminor Submersible 1950 models. Some high-quality replica watches are even equipped with an impressive 2,500-meter water resistance!
Dive watches by Panerai, however, don’t come more universally appealing than the Submersible 42mm models like the ref: PAM00682. A 300-meter water-resistant brushed steel case and unique unidirectional rotating bezel surround chunky luminous hands propelled by the P.9010 Calibre. This in-house movement also supplies a 3-day power reserve. Considered Panerai’s true diving watch, the Panerai Submersible PAM00682 replica with black rubber strap is, without doubt, a solid investment for every dive watch aficionado. At a glance: Model ref: PAM00682 Case size: 42mm Case material: Stainless steel Water resistance: 300m Dial: Black / luminous hour markers and hands / small second sub-dial at 9 o’clock / date at 3 o’clock Movement: Automatic / in-house / Calibre P9010 / 3-day power reserve Strap: Black Caoutchouc rubber/steel buckle
Just in time for summer, Panerai is unveiling a Luminor Due equipped with a stainless-steel bracelet. The 38mm diameter of the luxury Panerai Luminor Due PAM01123 fake watch is also a trimmed-down size for Panerai, a brand that made a name for itself with its bold, outsized cases measuring 44mm and more.
The best quality copy Panerai Luminor Piccolo Due, despite its reduced size, is crafted in pure Panerai Luminor style. The self-winding P.900 caliber movement powers the hour and minute hands, small seconds display at 9 o’clock, and the date at 3 o’clock. Plus, the watch features the now-iconic Panerai signature hinged crown protector.
The blue dial replica Panerai Luminor Piccolo Due’s smaller size makes it, according to the brand, “A watch with an urban, Italian sophistication suitable for smaller wrists and formal occasions.” Moreover, its bracelet is easily switched out for a strap via a quick-release system, making the Swiss made fake watch fit for any occasion without fuss.
Panerai continues Luminor Due enhancing its emblematic identity through an unusual interpretation tinged with a charge of unexpected femininity, the Panerai Piccolo Due Madreperla PAM01280 replica for women. The aesthetic is unprecedented by Panerai, enhanced by iridescent mother-of-pearl, a lustrous material that endows each watch with a unique character. It proves an elegant complement to the pink gold colour hands, applied numerals and date window that gleam with warm radiance, and reflects the light shed by numerals and indices filled by white Super-LumiNovaTM with green luminescence.
An accompanying red shiny alligator strap is a novel, sophisticated accessory with universal appeal. And a large palette of alternative straps in a multitude of colors, textures, materials and stitches, available in boutiques or on request, transforms Panerai Piccolo Due Madreperla to suit any occasion. With a 38mm diameter, the smallest ever adopted by Panerai, the Swiss movement replica watch is a marker of elegance thanks to the rich contribution conferred by Goldtech™. percentage of copper (24%) and platinum (0,4%) in addition to its intense tone the metal boasts heightened resistance to oxidation.
Water-resistant up to 3 bar (about 30 meters deep) the best quality fake Panerai Luminor Piccolo Due Madreperla features an interchangeable strap fitted with the quick Release System in shiny red alligator with tone-on-tone stitching, and is completed by a trapezoidal pin buckle in polished Goldtech™. A precious box made of pear wood accompanies the model, a modern treasure chest for a forward-looking timepiece.
Quick Take The fake Panerai’s major initiative at Watches & Wonders Geneva came in the form of a two-pronged approach to sustainability. On the one hand, it released the Submersible eLAB-ID, a concept Swiss made fake watch made of 98.6% recycled-based materials, along with an open-source list of suppliers that other watchmakers can use to make their own recycled watches. And they backed up the concept with a commercial launch, the recycled-based Luminor Marina eSteel. Those are just two of the things they had for the virtual Watches & Wonders Geneva show. There was also an all-new downsized Bronzo – now a very wearable 42mm – and a line-up of automatic steel chronographs debuting the new P.9200 automatic chronograph caliber.
Panerai’s 2021 push into chronographs, a complication that goes back to the original Mare Nostrum, continues into the live Watches & Wonders show taking place this week in Shanghai (April 14-18). While the first models to feature the P.6200 were stainless steel and featured a closed caseback, the watches we have today are made of Panerai’s proprietary Goldtech alloy and have a sapphire back – though it is partially obscured by a wave motif.
Initial Thoughts The 44 mm fake Panerai Luminor Chrono Goldtech Blu Notte, or “Blue Night,” is a big 44mm in diameter. With the trademarked Panerai Luminor crown protection device and a set of sturdy lugs, it’s an imposing watch as you’d expect of a rose gold case fake Panerai Luminor. Not that one would necessarily want to swim with an 18-karat gold chronograph, but it’s worth noting that the water-resistance rating of the new PAM 1111 is 50 meters, so it’s probably best to stay on deck or land. The steel versions of the new P.9200 automatic chronograph that Panerai has so far presented feature closed backs (and are about half a millimeter thicker), offering a more robust package for those who actually want to get their watches wet. While Panerai PAM 1111 copy for men is being sold on a deep blue alligator strap that echoes the dial, Panerai is throwing in a rubber strap.
As you no doubt noticed, the rose gold in the Blu Notte case is luxury copy Panerai’s proprietary Goldtech, a special alloy with a higher percentage of copper and platinum. In addition to providing a deeper, darker color, it’s also resistant to fading, a nagging problem for watchmakers working with rose gold. Several brands have their own alloys created with colorfastness in mind, most famously Rolex with its aptly named Everose Gold. The Basics Brand: Panerai Model: Luminor Chrono Blu Notte Reference Number: PAM 1111
Diameter: 44mm Thickness: 15.1mm Case Material: Brushed Goldtech case Dial Color: Blu Notte (night blue) with satine soleil sandwich structure and white Super-LumiNova Indexes: Sandwich-style with Super-LumiNova Lume: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Strap/Bracelet: Deep blue alligator leather with trapezoidal pin buckle in satin Goldtech
Panerai has come a long way since its watches were first made available to the public in 1993. While the Italian powerhouse overawed the market with large, steel watches with hand-wound movements, Panerai has turned into a highly innovative Swiss manufacture.
Last year, Swiss made fake Panerai was one of the few watch brands we were able to meet in person (during the Geneva Watch Days in August). And the staff of the brand’s Geneva boutique had a lot to show us, as Watches & Wonders (the successor of SIHH) was only done digitally. Now, I love a lot of things digital-only, but discovering new watches is something I would always rather do in the real world.
One of last year’s Panerai novelties is this perfect replica Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech in 44mm, reference PAM1661. Panerai sent us a PAM1661 to give it a try, and so I did.
Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM1661
The PAM1661 might look familiar, and that’s because it is heavily inspired by the LAB-ID PAM700 introduced during SIHH2017. I remember being there during the press presentation and was amazed by the promise Panerai made: a 50-year warranty. It was carbon inside and out, there was almost no lubrication on the movement parts, and there were lots (lots) of silicon components. 50 pieces were to be made. Each would be priced at €50,000. It seemed unusual at the time, but how well has this concept aged?
Every brand needs its show-off piece. It is necessary to show you what the brand can do, what it aspires to, where its limits lie. Think of Audemars Piguet’s concept watches, Piaget’s Altiplano Ultimate Concept, or Omega’s Seamaster Ultra Deep. Some of these models will see daylight, others won’t. Some will receive a spin-off that actually will go into production and hits the open market. The Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM1661 is a watch that can be seen as a spin-off of that PAM700.
PAM1661 on the wrist
The PAM1661 is a watch that has this small trace of “concept”, but it’s mainly just a very wearable watch for every day. It actually felt good to put a 44mm Panerai Luminor on my wrist. It has been too long. I’ve had two Panerai Luminor (Marina) watches in my own collection in the past, and every time I try a new Panerai watch, I kind of regret selling them. They were cool, versatile — despite the size — and fun to wear. I even attended a few Paneristi gatherings. They are always full of interesting, incredibly knowledgable brand fans.
When the PAM1661 was introduced in early 2020, Rob did a rundown on all the technical innovations of this watch. In short, this watch has a Carbotech case. And yes, that’s a Panerai trademark. It is a composite material developed by Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee and has technical and aesthetical advantages. With regards to the technical advantages, it’s lightweight, hypo-allergenic, and won’t corrode.
When I had a few Panerai watches in the past, 44mm was still considered big. Perhaps it still is considered big, but I wear it well on my 19cm wrist. Often, it has to do with the shape of the watch and — of course — the lug-to-lug size. I like how the PAM1661 wears, and perhaps it is due to the dark color of the case, but it doesn’t strike me as a large watch.
What I disliked about the LAB ID PAM700, has been fixed for the PAM1661. The hands. Where the PAM700 has oversized skeleton hands, the hands on the PAM1661 are straight lume filled hands, as we’d expect to find on the other Luminor models. What remains is the combination of black and blue. The writing on the dial is all in white, which gives a good contrast.
The PAM1661 has a sandwich dial, using a very neat blue color. The same color can be also found in the stitching of the black strap. I could have done without the relatively small date aperture. But that applies to almost any watch I get to try these days, I just don’t fancy them. I have been thinking if it were better to have blue printing on the date disc, but I realized that it will probably have a very negative effect on its readability.
Inside the Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM1661, there’s the automatic caliber P.9010 movement. It is an in-house developed movement that consists of 200 components (including 31 jewels) and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. When I visited the Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel a few years ago, I was quite surprised to see how much effort and energy the brand invests in testing its movements.
Especially at the time, this was not really advertised. Rather, the brand focused on communicating its history. But in the manufacture, it was clear that the R&D team does more than they tell. On the one hand, it is a pity their movements don’t receive more attention. But, on the other hand, it seems that Panerai isn’t bothered by it and rather demonstrates its use of innovative materials. Unfortunately, the caliber P.9010 is not visible, as the DLC-coated titanium case back remains closed.
You can set the time (and date) with the crown. As you know by now, Panerai uses this special crown mechanism. You have to pull the lever first, then pull the crown and set the time and date.
Black watches and I aren’t the biggest friends. I’ve tried in the past, like a Sinn 142St.S for example, but it is not for me. It is also what makes me reluctant to add a Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon to my Speedmaster collection, for example. But, I have to say, just like the Dark Side of the Moon, the Luminor Marina actually does look really good in black. When wearing this Panerai for a week or so, the color of the case actually didn’t disturb me as much as I thought it would do. A Panerai is also one of the few brands that my wife can get really enthusiastic about (she’s not into watches).
The Panerai PAM1661 comes on this Sportech (rubber-like) strap. As written above, it is black with blue stitching and has a leather lining. It is a very comfortable strap and comes with a big Panerai buckle in DLC-coated titanium.
Weighing in at just 92 grams in total, the watch is very light. Sure, there are high-quality replica watches that are lighter than the PAM1661, but 92 grams for such a large watch is definitely impressive. Personally, I keep coming back to the most basic Luminor models, like the PAM00774. Give me a steel, two-handed watch with a hand-wound movement any day — that’s my preference. But it isn’t the same for everyone…
But, if you’re into really technical watches when it comes to materials, the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM1661 might tick a lot of boxes. And let’s not forget about it’s powered by an in-house manufactured movement with a 3-day power reserve.