Watches: Panerai Luminor 1950 Left-Handed 3 Days 47 mm PAM557
By Thierry Ané on December 3, 2013
The “Luminor 1950 Left-Handed 3 Days” is the first preview of what to expect from Panerai in January at the SIHH 2014. In a nutshell, one could say that this watch represents the “destro” (left-handed in Panerai’s language) version of the reference PAM 372 introduced in 2011.
Equipped with the in-house P.3000 calibre this hand-wound watch presents a 3-day power reserve thanks to two spring barrels. Only displaying the time of the day with two hands, this movement also features a device for rapid adjustment of the hour: it is possible to move the hours hand in increments of one hour without interfering with the progress of the minutes hand.
Inspired by the original Panerai models developed for the Italian Navy, the crown and crown-protection device of the reference PAM557 are located on the left side of the 47 mm stainless steel case, at the 9 o’clock position. To strengthen the historical lineage, the watch showcases an old-fashioned, 3 mm thick Plexiglass instead of the now conventional sapphire crystal. The black dial uses the iconic sandwich structure with an intermediate layer covered with beige SuperLuminova. Lastly, the watch is fitted with a brown natural leather strap secured with Panerai large size steel buckle.
The sandwich dial and the colour of the SuperLuminova, the “destro” crown, the thick rugged strap with a vintage look, the cushion-shaped case with the engraving between the horns… Panerai got every single detail right with this watch that is going to be a hit with all the Paneristi. This is a faithful and authentic-looking remake of vintage Panerai models that ticks all the emotional boxes to become one of the most south-after models of next year.