Monday, 18 July 2016

Hand-wound Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days 47 mm PAM00514

Enzo Ferrari used to say that his favourite car was the one he had not built yet. I feel the same way about watches. The fun is always in the search, as I often say. It’s the thrill of the hunt. It’s lusting for a target or a grail and obsessing about buying one (or trading for one). So what is TimeCaptain aiming for these days? I am glad you asked…

Panerai. Ba-boom! I am starting to crave yet another Panerai. After focusing on smaller, dressier watches for the past year, I am getting the Panerai itch again. Panerai, above all watchmakers, has captivated me. The whole military history, tool watch aspect, gorgeous designs and high quality form a perfect blend of “cool horology.” The fact that my pal just purchased a Radiomir 1940 for his 40th birthday probably adds to my recent wanting of another Panerai! Sure enough, my own target Panerai include some Radiomir 1940. My dream piece right now would be a PAM00514 or a PAM00619.

What’s really cool about the 514 is that combines a manual movement with a date function, which I rarely see. I love manually wound movements and I recently defected to the “date” camp in the “date vs. no date” debate, so the 514 must have been made for 2016-spec TimeCaptain. I have tried on a 514 and it wears remarkably well for its 47mm size, it fits under dress shirts beautifully. PAM00514 is a fairly elegant interpretation of Panerai timekeeping and would be a fantastic PAM for the modern businessman.

The 619 is like the “Bizzaro 514” — it’s the opposite. It has an automatic movement and no date. Its Calibre P.4000 uses Panerai’s micro-rotor and keeps the movement slim. The movement is housed in a 45mm Radiomir 1940 case, which I suspect is an ideal size for me. While these technical characteristics sound more elegant or dressy than the 514, the 619 has a “dirty dial” and “assolutamente” strap, which give a far more casual look. As well, the 619 has a titanium case. This is cool for the lightness and the colour. Despite having a small-seconds at 9 o’clock, the 619 retains the cardinal numerals, 12, 3, 6, and 9, in that fabulous, famous Panerai style. The 619 really captures the essence of Panerai, while throwing in some cool, high-end and modern watchmaking features.

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