The Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT replica watch has a cushion shaped, 44mm wide stainless steel case, with polished bezel, satin-brushed body and brushed, Panerai-patented crown guard with brushed protecting lever.
Keeping this in mind I have to admit with the utmost honesty – I’m not a Panerai fan – not even a bit. Since I do not like any of the futures Panerai watches provide, imagine how both challenging and interesting it was to spend a full week-on-the-wrist with the PAM00270 – the 1950 Luminor is a serious watch with PAM’s in-house made movement with GMT and a full 10 days of power reserve. So… Read on to find out what does the die-hard non-Panerai guy thinks about a serious piece of a watch, that the PAM00270 turned out to be.
Taste is one of the more important factors when buying a mechanical Panerai Luminor 1950 GMT watch replica. Would you agree, that no matter how crazy complicated, beautifully crafted or famously branded the watch is, you will not pick it up – no matter what – if it simply does not fit your personal taste? As many various ballots show constantly, people tend to buy specific timepiece because of the way it looks, the way it matches what they consider to be a perfect design and functionality, for them.
Whether you like it or not, it is one of the most readable dials out there (even though the minute indices are missing), not to mention it has a lot of military character, style and overall good looks. Time is measured by set of two big, brushed hands with luminous material, a small seconds hand at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3. There is also a second central-mounted hand for the GMT (24h type) with a day-night hand integrated into the seconds sub-dial and – last but not least – the power reserve indication.Called popularly “sandwich-dial” it consists of two discs. The bottom one is covered with a green, bright SuperLumiNova. The top one is a matt black, cut-out in place of all the indices (including Arabic 12 and 6), the small-seconds dial, the linear power-reserve and the date window (which has a black disk with white numbers, in between the two dials).
With an impressive 18.5mm in thickness (due to the movement size and domed sapphire) it is a BIG(!) watch by all means, but with short lugs and overall profile sits very nice and tight on the wrist.
So, since now you already know the details of both the design and the mechanics of the Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT, the question is – does it all work, especially for a non-PANERAI fellow like myself. While I honestly admit I didn’t turn miraculously to be a Paneristi (nick-name of the most die-hard fans of the brand) I give full credit to the quality and the details of the timepiece. The case, domed crystal, the dial, movement finish and the strap (alligator, brown, white stitching) with hefty buckle all work together well, constituting for a balanced and compact package.
Both the top and bottom of the case are secured with a sapphire glass, the top one – nicely domed – being also treated with an anti-reflective coating. Let’s put what is under the bottom one for later, and look through the front. If the Panerai replica watch’s case is an iconic thing, at least the same can be said about its dial.