PANERAI PAM00389, NOT A DRESS WATCH
47MM CASE AND STILL COMFORTABLE
After Officine Panerai took my Panerai PAM00329 back I had the next problem, what Panerai model would I get to replace the PAM00329 with, as obviously I don't feel very comfortable with that model anymore. The only two 44mm Luminor 1950 models that were left on my shortlist were the PAM00233, an 8-day manual with GMT function, and the PAM661, the new Luminor 1950 Carbotech model, a very modern interpretation of the Luminor 1950 and considering I had quite a collection of 24mm straps, either of the two would be ideal. Unfortunately the PAM00661 Carbotech was not available and could take several months before it would reach the authorized Panerai dealers in India. The PAM00233 would have been the choice if not that this model has a lot of characteristics of my PAM00372 Luminor 1950, two of almost the same would not make much sense, in other words, back to square one....
There was one Panerai that got my attention a few times before, the PAM00389 Submersible Amagnetic, a 47mm bulky model with a ceramic bezel.
History of the Submersible
Panerai came out with the first Submersible in 1956, this watch was made by Panerai especially for the Egyptian Navy, they called it L'Egiziano. The watch was bigger, a whopping 60mm case diameter and next to the typical Luminor crown protecting device the watch has a large rotating bezel with four studs carrying reference numbers for checking the duration of time for a dive. The L'Egiziano has an Angelus 8-day mechanical hand-wound movement, this to minimize the winding frequency that benefits its water-resistance. Next the watch has a plexiglass crystal and and a water-resistance up to 200 meter
2009, Fast fowards - The introduction of the PAM00305 Luminor 1950 Submersible 47mm
In 2009 Officine Panerai introduced a new line of the Luminor 1950 Submersible collection with the PAM00305. It was still not getting near the 60mm L'Egiziano size, still it was a very attractive new concept based ont the L'Egiziano. The PAM0305 is a made of titanium and has the P.9000 in-house movement with 3-days power-reserve. The watch has a crystal back case, you are able to see the in-house movement. Another very nice feature is the so called quick-change strap system, you can change your strap by pressing the buttons on the back side of the case and push the pin out, you are able to change a strap within a minute!
The dial of the PAM00305 has instead of the familiar "6" and "12" on the dial, one baton for 6 and two batons for 12, some refer to the dial design of one of the very first Panerai models, the Panerai Radiomir reference number 2533 from 1936.
2013, the next chapter Panerai Submersible Amagnetic PAM00389
In 2013 Officine Panerai came out with a complete new Submersible model that is the first Submersible with a very high resistance to magnetic fields: 40,000 A/m (ampere per meter). This is achieved by the use of a special internal case made of soft iron of the highest purity, which encloses and isolates the movement, forming a Faraday cage that diverts the flow of magnetic fields. The soft iron case is immediately beneath the dial, which is made of the same material. Another very cool element of the watch is the bezel, it has a ceramic inlay and not the glossy type like you see at other luxury brands, this one is opaque black!
All-titanium, super comfortable
The wearing comfort of the watch is incredible for the size, the cushion shaped Luminor 1950 case just sits very comfortable on your wrist. Of course the fact that the PAM00389 has, just like the PAM00305, a complete brushed titanium case, reduces the weight of the watch significantly that contributes to the wearing comfort of the watch. Another nice thing about titanium is that it is a bit darker than steel and gives sort of a vintage look The PAM00389 has a closed titanium back-case, I don't mind it at all, the P.9000 3-days power-reserve automatic movement doesn't look that impressive to me anyway..
Straps, straps and straps
When you buy Panerai watches one thing you need to take into account, you will look at collecting a lot of straps, as every strap gives the watch a complete different look and feel, by just changing the strap you more or less create a new watch!
August 2016, Got my strap before the watch
Before I could pick up my watch I collected my first strap especially for this watch, a very special strap from Di Stefano straps from Florence Italy, Florence is also the birthplace of Panerai. Simona Di Stefano was so kind to sell me one of their prototype straps, the All Black Diver strap. You will read more about this strap in another review on this website shortly.
7 August 2016, collecting my PAM00389 at Ethos Summit in New Delhi
I arrived on 7 August back from my trip to Europe and the first thing on the agenda was to collect the PAM00389, I did book it a week earlier but as it was located at the Ethos store in Bangalore it had to be transported to Delhi. Once I reached Ethos Summit the staff already knew what the purpose of my visit was, they immediately got the box out with my watch and presented it to me. I didn't need to show my down-payment I did the week before to book and confirm the watch, everything was already in their system. As requested the watch was presented to me in the triple-box, the way most Paneristi like to collect their watch, that is considered part of "the complete set", an outer transport box with a few stickers and codes, inside the outer-box a black box, inside the black box a wooden box that holds the watch, a second leather strap, a strap change tool, a screwdriver, warranty booklet and user manual.
After inspecting the watch, I accepted the watch and paid. While the sales representative of Ethos Summit was filling in the warranty booklet, I took of the caoutchouc strap and changed it for the Di Stefano strap I took along with me, as mentioned that is a two-minutes-job thanks to the quick change strap system of this model.
Now, this is better!
On quick wrist shot before leaving Ethos Summit!
Of course I did not forget to take the box with me!
A closer look of the Di Stefano All Black Diver strap that shows the strap better
The next day, back to the OEM caoutchouc strap
It is a diver watch and part of the professional line of Panerai watches, the first thing that came to my mind was to change the leather strap the next day again for the Panerai OEM caoutchouc strap when going to our pool! The Panerai OEM caoutchouc strap is very comfortable, but living in India nothing beats a good solid thick leather strap for normal daily use.
How a strap changes the look of the watch
Just as an example, the look of this PAM00389 changes with every different strap, the top left is coming standard with the PAM00389 a leather black strap with ecru stitching, the blue vintage style and mustard color ammo strap are normally worn on my other Panerai, a PAM00372. The bottom right is the Di Stefano All Black Diver strap again.
Unboxing of the PAM00389
When buying a new Panerai, part of the ceremony is the unboxing. Of course when collecting my watch at Ethos Summit in New Delhi, I didn't have someone to click the pictures for me, so being practical, I re-did this at home, please find below the unboxing of my PAM00389.
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