Panerai Luminor Base Left Handed PAM 00219 Review

Written by: Travis Farris

 

Looking for a luxury watch with some simple strength and functionality? Panerai is certainly an impressive name to turn to; the company has been making watches for over a century, and their craftsmanship is such that some of their early business was with the Royal Italian Navy. With such an admirable history, there is no question as to Panerai’s reputation. But does the Panerai Luminor Base Left Handed PAM 00219 live up to it?

First off, I should clarify that while this watch is designed for left-handers ( …ironically, to be worn on the right hand ), the exact same product is available in reverse, so all are welcome to read and consider. It is interesting though that the Luminor Base is offered as a left-handed watch; this isn’t something you often see advertised. Certainly a plus if it applies to you.

As for it’s appearance, it looks good. Not great, not even really unique, but good. A black watch face is decorated only with the 12, 3, 6 and 9 hour numbers, with lines for the other hour-marks. The hands are cool, straight white-and-gray with pointed tips, but these aren’t remarkable either.

As a utility, however, the Luminor Base does gain a foothold over other plain luxury watches. The power reserve of 56 hours exceeds most of what I tend to see, and special anti-shock devices protect against jarring. The 3.5mm-thick crystal is anti-reflective ( as most are ), but most impressive is the water resistance of 300 meters. For a luxury product not specifically designed towards divers, this is a bit more than you usually see, and it’s a welcome addition that the watch can handle submersion short of serious deep diving.

However, after all that, the Luminor Base has a list price of $6,200 – although of course this is the highest and will likely be lower from some retailers. Still, from what I’ve seen of the watch selection so far, this seems a bit steep. I expect the price has something to do with good workmanship, and the 300-meter water resistance that impressed me, because I wouldn’t attribute it to its composition. All steel and leather, there doesn’t seem to be anything remotely flashy to warrant the price tag. And while I’m certain that the watch is a very reliable, sturdy instrument, even its utilities seem to be lacking. With no chronograph, or even date, it simply doesn’t compete with others, unless you’re looking specifically for a simple, serviceable time-telling instrument.

I urge prospective buyers to study this product carefully. Fortunately, this is made easy by Panerai’s site, and a full list of specifications can fill in any gaps this review may have missed. I imagine some customers would be very happy with the Luminor Base, but I also suspect that these are a narrow audience. To those who want a serviceable, sturdy instrument that can handle some shocks and underwater activity, with no flash or extraneous functions… I present your dream watch. For the rest of you… take a look! But take looks elsewhere as well.

Officine Panerai Luminor Base Men’s Watch

Written by:  Leigh Anne Sanders

The Officine Panerai Luminor Base Men’s Watch is a great choice of watch for any man who describes himself as rugged, dependable, and of classic, or old school, style.  Though the appearance of this watch may seem unassuming at first, the fine details of the individual features create an overall style that is exactly what a lot of men are looking for.

There are a lot of old school features to the Officine Panerai Luminor Base Men’s Watch that make it an ideal time keeping accessory for many men.  Starting with the band, which is genuine leather with a cracked surface design.  Small details, like the crackling, lend a slightly aged and sophisticated impression to this watch.  The leather comes in dark brown, which is a highly flattering color to most men.  Brown is strong without being overpowering, allowing this watch to blend in to the rest of your ensemble or serve as an accent, simply depending on what you want it to be.

The watch itself is a manual wind up design, creating a concrete link between the wearer and the watch.  Though that may not seem to make sense at first, the man who wears this watch regularly will quickly discover that his watch will provide him with reliable times as long as he is reliable about winding it.  Furthermore, the act of winding the watch is incredible comforting to a lot of people.  This watch has a power reserve of 56 hours, which offers an ideal balance of consistent winding that isn’t constant.

There are some individuals who look for a watch that’s going to make a real statement.  They want to know that wherever they go, a flick of their wrist will create an attention drawing flash, and approving stares.  Maybe even stares of jealousy.  With this watch, in order for people to appreciate all the value of it, you’ll have to let them know.  Most people may not mind having a watch that blends in with them, but some are looking for something with a little more flash.  Those individuals will have to keep looking.

The Officine Panerai Luminor Base Men’s Watch carries a price tag of about $6200, making it a significant purchase for many people.  However, the style and functionality of the watch are undeniable.  In a role that epitomizes all things rugged and indestructible, Sylvester Stallone advertises the incredible qualities of this watch by wearing it throughout each scene.  This watch is a great buy!

Panerai Historic Luminor Base 44mm Men’s Watch PAM 00114 Review

Written by: Jessica Plumbley

If you want a simple luxury watch, take a look at the Panerai Historic Luminor Base 44mm Men’s watch PAM 00114. Cheaper than other luxury watches and easier to read, this watch will appeal to those who seek a clear, clean read. Its fashion value, however, remains in question.

One of the ways the PAM 00114 can be made distinguishable is by its crown-protector, which covers the crown completely in an arch of stainless steel. The case and buckle are also stainless steel, though in a fun twist the back of the case has been done in transparent sapphire crystal so that the consumer can see the hand-wound machinery inside. These are Panerai OP X calibre with a swan’s neck regulator, 16.5 lignes, and 17 jewels, all fortified by an Incabloc anti-shock device. All goes to power the black-and-white minute and hour hands on the face—there are no extras with this watch: no date, no second hand. These hands lay on a bright white background, which contrasts nicely with the large, rounded numbers that serve as hour markers. Twelve, three, six, and nine o’clock are especially large, presumably as they are good reference points for the status of the hour. A 3.5mm thick corundum-made sapphire crystal covers it all, complete with anti-reflective coating. Above and below attach the strap (available in leather or alligator) with closes with a Panerai personalized buckle.

One reviewer of the PAM 00114 suggested that it be used as a sort of “starter” luxury watch, since it comes at the comparatively low price of $5,100. This Panerai would work well also for those who don’t want to pay the really big bills of luxury watches that come along with watch repair—with its stainless steel case, 300m water resistance rating, and scratch-resistant glass, the watch is more hardy than most, and wearers will worry less about it.

The problem for me—and for a few other bloggers—is the PAM 00114’s look. If look is not a big deal for you, then please skip this section and go onto to more research for your purchase. But if it does, you might want to consider what appears to be the common opinion online: the crown protector is not only unnecessary, but it’s an eyesore. One reviewer from the Watchlords forum called crown protectors “clutter,” another says flat out that a protector “looks like crap.” I am not as impassioned as others might be, but look is something worth reflecting upon, especially when paying over $5,100 for your Panerai watch. The watch will work great, but will those not familiar with the brand be impressed? The PAM 00114 is plain and easy to read, but so are other, cheaper watches. Add this factor to the crown protector, and the wearer’s taste might be questioned.

The Panerai Historic Luminor Base 44mm Men’s watch is durable, simple, easy to read, and cheaper than other luxury watches. It also isn’t quite as stylish. If you’re not one to care much about style, I would recommend this watch as a tough, clean timepiece. But if you do care, perhaps you should consider your options before settling on the PAM 00114.

Panerai Luminor Base Mens Watch PAM00000

Are you one of the many people who are not blessed with 20/20 vision? Do you hate squinting at your designer watch trying to figure out what in the heck the time is? Many designer watches today have tiny numerals or even non-existent numerals.  They also have numbers on the outside, numbers and markings on tiny sub-dials, which can make a person with less than perfect vision get frustrated.  Luckily there is a watch with style and simplicity that makes telling the time easy breezy.

The Panerai Luminor Base Mens Watch is a dream come true for someone who wants to be able to tell the time easily but not look like a total grandpa at the same time. The black dial has large white Arabic numerals marking the 3,6,9, and 12 o’clock positions. For the other hour positions there are white stick markers. Both numerals and the stick markers are luminescent as well.

The 44mm case is made of polished stainless steel with a fixed bezel also of stainless steel. The crystal protecting the dial is 3.5 mm of thick corundum Sapphire which has an anti reflecting coating.  The back is screwed down stainless steel. All this is brought together nicely around your wrist with a calf-skin leather strap with a large steel buckle.

This watch has two basic time telling functions: minutes and hours. The movement is mechanically powered by hand with a Panerai OP. Its power reserve when fully hand wound is 56 hours. The water resistance of this watch is 300 meters.

Pros: The numerals are very easy to read. The watch is simple. Its basic colors make it easy to match with. It also comes with a 2 year warranty.

Cons: It’s hand-wound so if you forget to wind in 56 hours, you lose the time. There are no seconds, the date, or the day on this watch. When it says basic and simple, it means basic and simple.

Panerai has developed such a reputation and fan base that it became the official supplier of watches for the Italian navy. It runs between $4,000-$5,000 which isn’t as expensive as many of its variations. The biggest difference between this Panerai and other models is its simplicity. Other varieties have all of the hours and the minutes marked on the face of the watch, as well has having a “small seconds” at the 9 o’clock position. It is a good watch for a man who wants something simple, clearly legible, and has a well known reputation of reliability.

An Innovative Launch by Panerai

The P.9000 movement is entirely created and made by Panerai, the launch was in 2009.  This calibre has driven many Panerai watches, but the new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Composite is one of the most innovative releases of 2011.  Panerai Composite is a synthetic material used in the making of the case and the bridge that protects the crown.  It is lighter than ceramic, tougher than steel and was created using an advanced electro-chemical process that transforms aluminum.  It has a matte and distinctive appearance.  The date is displayed at 3 o’clock and the small seconds are located at 9 o’clock.

The large dial is a sandwich construction with two superimposed layers containing SuperLuminova to create the fluorescent figures and hours for easier reading under water and in darker situations.  An anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial.  It has a power reserve of three days, is water-resistant to 30 ATM and has a strap of antiqued brown leather with a composite buckle.  The case back is protected by a smoke sapphire crystal allowing one to see the inner workings of the watch.  This timepiece is unadorned but the simplicity of it accentuates its elegance, it is true to the Panerai style and is yet another innovative move for the company.