Flash News: Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H Automatic Steel PAM531
By Thierry Ané on May 12, 2014
Fans of the Florentine brand have a new model to include in their wish list as Panerai has just unveiled the Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H Automatic, also known as PAM531.
The big novelty has to be found on the movement side: this new Luminor model is the first to house the in-house self-winding P.9003 calibre. It is in fact an evolution of the P.9001 movement that could be found for instance in the beautiful Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica with a great black ceramic case and a stunning natural brown leather strap.
A quick look at the dial of both models immediately tells you the big technical difference between the two calibres. Indeed, the flange of the new Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H Automatic features a 24-hour graduation as the central arrow hand for the second time zone sweeps across the dial in 24 instead of 12 hours as it did before.
This is clearly more suitable for a GMT function even though it is sometimes more challenging to decipher the home time. But not with Panerai, though, as the black dial is a model of legibility thanks to its sandwich construction and the generous amount of ecru SuperLuminova that covers the lower disc. Even in the dark, all the dial indications shine admirably.
The open case back offers a beautiful view of this new calibre with finishing in a pure Panerai style. Good observers or true aficionados of the brand will also notice the new type of indication for the power reserve: instead of a red indication in a window as before, it is circular and much easier to read. Always relying on two spring barrels connected in series, the new P.9003 movement still offers 3 days of energy when fully wound.
Housed in Panerai’s iconic cushion-shaped 44 mm case with its crown protection device, the Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H Automatic is mounted on a black leather strap with ecru stitches secured by a large size stainless steel pin buckle. This newcomer boasts an impressive water resistance to a depth of 300 meters and carries a price tag of US$ 10,100, which is extremely reasonable (as usual with Panerai) considering the overall quality of the watch. Clearly another timepiece that will sell like hot cakes!