Presented in a touch cushion-shaped stainless steel case 44 millimeters in diameter, the watch bears that familiar sense of presence. This, of course, has its drawbacks since, given its visual massiveness that’s combined with comparatively long lugs, the watch might look too massive if your wrist is below average in terms of girth.As one might have anticipated, the watch includes a fragment of the Statue of Liberty inscribed onto its strong case back. The engraving provides the familiar angle at the famous landmark and, being attracted against very finely implemented circular machine-brushing, which makes a very fine impression.Fortunately, unlike the aforementioned “Fu” model for the Chinese market, Panerai’s designers didn’t deface the timepiece’s dial with the Bald Eagle or another emblem currently connected with the United States.Here, we still observe the familiar “sandwich”-style dial with a fully luminous coating observable through cutouts on the darkened front dial which form the usual for their “little seconds” models three Arabic numerals and eight narrow hour markers. The simple fact that luminous strips on the blacked-out hour and minute hands match diameter of the indices isalso, also, nothing new, however it’s still very pleasant to note.The watch is equipped with the Caliber OP II automatic movement, which can be based on ETA 6497-2 ebauche, is very dependable and easy to service. Of course, given the timekeeper’s price and, well, kind of exclusivity, one would expect an in-house caliber to tick within its massive scenario, however, well, not that time.The boutique edition timekeeper is equipped with a brown leather strap with contrasting beige stitching.As usual, the watches come as limited edition models.
In the world of limited edition Panerai Radiomir Limited Edition Replica watches there are cool ones and boring ones. This is one of the really cool ones. I also love that they all (limited to 100 pieces) sold out within one hour of being released. This is the Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 358, and was specially made for the Parisian high-end watch store Chronopassion. The PAM 358 is a pretty crazy watch. Water resistant to 2500 meters (over 8,000 feet), the watch is shaped like a diving vessel with a large rounded bottom. It is known as a “destro” model, or lefty model, because the crown is on the left side of the watch. It is really thick as well – even by Panerai standard. The case is 47mm wide in titanium with a special rotating diver’s bezel that is in steel. This is one of the most coveted, ultimate Panerai dive watches out there.
For more pics, you can check out this post on WatchUSeek where a lucky member shows off his PAM 358. There you can see the interesting chunky curves of this PAM-beast, with its titanium 1950 style case and built in helium escape valve. Dial is pretty standard with the typical Pamerai sub watch look. I think the inner bezel with the diver’s scale is an interesting touch. Hands are too stubby though. Does someone actually like stubby hands? Or am I one of the few people who notice these things? Still legible though. Inside the watch is a Swiss Valjoux 7750 automatic movement that has been modified and turned around. The chronograph has been removed, and flipping the watch movement around placed the subsidiary seconds dial on the right side of the case, and the crown on the right. Came on a light brown leather strap. Chronopassion made a good choice with this special piece. These are very hard to find, and with just 100 around, you are lucky to ever get one. There is one now on James List for just under $15,000.
See this Panerai PAM 358 limited edition watch available on James List here.