Exactly 1 year ago, when Panerai established the Luminor Due, it was well-documented that I wasn’t convinced about this brand new, second chapter to the much-loved Luminor collection. To come to grips with it and determine exactly what it’s like in the metal, I decided to review the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic PAM674, which is the stainless steel, 45mm wide variant of the four bits which Panerai luminor due gmt 45mm PAM674 replica watch surfaced the Luminor Due set with.
The Luminor Due presently comes in either 42mm or 45mm-wide instances in either steel or red gold, together with the 42mm versions featuring the P.1000, which can be a good-looking, little, hand-wound,”3 Days” caliber. The 45mm variants, like the one we are looking at here, are powered by the still unusually thin but complex P.4000 in-house quality, which also offers 3 days of power reserve but adds micro-rotor-driven automatic twisting to the mixture and about $2,000 to the cost. Therefore, we’re taking a look at a Luminor that retails for slightly over the 10k mark. All this mentioned, what I first had issues with were the title and some of the specs of this Luminor Due, so let’s see if those beginning to make sense in real life before we do our regular review run-down about the PAM674.
In my mind, in accord with product naming practices across virtually any business I can think of, when a product name has a sequence number added to it, I am led to believe it is all around as great as, or superior to this one that preceded it. This applies to cars, engineering, aviation, household electronic equipment, and pretty much every other industry. So the Luminor Due, an individual may think, is due by definition to not only succeed, but also outperform the regular Luminor.
Can And Should This Be A Luminor?
With this major shortcoming noted, I’ll still say: yes, and here’s why. Panerais and especially Luminors are not actually quite pretty. Cool, masculine, old-school, dashing, even — all these things, certainly, but fairly… nah. A pretty Panerai luminor due 38mm PAM674 replica is a rare breed, even if they really do get the proportions a lot of the time. I would not consider any Panerai pretty, save for the two exceptions that apply the rule — every a Radiomir 1940 in red gold: the PAM575 along with the PAM513. The PAM690 in steel comes alongside its brilliant blue dial and neat case, but overlooks being 47mm and having a tiny sub-seconds.
As you’ve guessed by now, this is where the Panerai Luminor Because 3 Days Automatic PAM674 comes into the picture. The PAM674 is sold on a black leather strap — the most dull strap in all of strap background and one that really does little justice to the watch, though it’s, admittedly, a wonderful back-up if you would like to wear it using formal attire. So, after putting it to ease my conscience, then I eliminated the black strap. Drilled lugs are appreciated and, in this instance, work much better aesthetically than the large, screw-secured pins. The strap I set up is an aged, tan leather strap that truly transformed the looks of the watch.
There’s something special that its new-found thinness — a slim 10.70mm for the PAM674 in spite of the slightly domed crystal and angled lugs — gives into the Luminor 1950 case. It appears effortless, light and, even within this 45mm version, beautifully proportionate. But, I’d like the PAM676 in 42mm, which might admittedly fit my wrist size better.
I say this pretty much each time once I talk aesthetics, and it really needs to go without saying: aesthetics is something for everyone to make up their minds about independently. But, what can objectively be determined concerning the Luminor Due is that it’s one of the least expensive, most balanced Panerai designs so far — and this, being a new take from Panerai, is eventually something that praises the job of the Panerai designers, not those from two generations past.
One thing I couldn’t get tired of over the three or three weeks that I had the PAM674 was the slim crown protector bridge — and I know, certainly seems like a competition for this month’s coveted”Nerdiest Sentence of the Month” award. It completely transforms the appearance of this omnipresent part. While the normal crown guards I found at times were large for the sake of becoming large or simply simply too bulky, every time I watched this one peeking out from below a shirt sleeve, I just had to rotate my wrist and take a better look at it. Maybe that is just me, but something certainly ticked as this polished bridge sat neatly nearby the complex corner of this circumstance. If, for some reason, you would like a similar Panerai luminor due 42mm PAM674 imitation watches without a crown guard, the Radiomir 1940 PAM572 is essentially the same (hands-on here).
Legibility & Wearability
Legibility is great, as the reflective outlines of the hands contrast nicely against the satin look of the dial. The dark grey sandwich dial of the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic PAM674 really has an extremely subtle sunburst finishing to it is totally unnoticeable under low-level states and stands out only when struck by powerful lighting at an angle. It is a nice, quality detail but one that will take the back seat alongside additional dial elements. Lume is great, though as is ordinary for non-traditional lume colors like this one in tan, the green glow isn’t as bright and durable since it’s on regular Panerais.
The crystal, such as on many Panerais, is simply way too reflective. I’ve a theory that says this extra reflectivity provides a respectful, unidentified sense of enhanced”luxury” to people who know nothing about watches and are just going with the”the shinier the more valuable” approach. Given the broad popularity and marketplace that Panerai is in, I suppose this is a tactic that works. This mentioned, I genuinely cannot think of any other possible explanation — and that I know this is a small stretch. Still, the reflectivity of the crystal is so”great” that it provides a remarkably sharp image of whatever is behind or over you. You can see your face when you look at the rear of your telephone as you try and take a picture, or the person leaves on the trees over. Under some light conditions, reflectivity isn’t too bad — it’s in outdoor environments where it actually becomes too much.
Wearability has been excellent, even though this 45mm version, again, is far more ideal for people with 7.5″ or bigger wrists. Since it’s thin, the PAM674 does not become caught up on sleeves, it just slides under, making it that much more comfortable to wear. The 24mm-wide black strap was lean by Panerai luminor marina Due 3 Days PAM674 fake watch standards and, with its tang buckle, easy to put on. The strap I ended up sporting with all the PAM674, though, was this tan piece out of Junik, which worked so much better using the overall looks. When buying, I’d definitely ask the boutique/store to substitute the mill black strap into something of the color as, as a gamer, this is merely a much more vibrant, but no less tasteful combination. Furthermore, you could always pick up an aftermarket black strap for twenty five bucks or so to put on on more formal events.
The Panerai P.4000 Caliber
The Panerai Luminor Because 3 Days Automatic PAM674 is powered by the in-house made and -made Panerai luminor 1950 gmt Due 3 Days PAM674 clone watches P.4000 caliber, a”3 days” movement rewound either through the smooth and clicky crown or the micro-rotor neatly incorporated into the motion. The P.4000 caliber runs at a modern 4Hz and still provides 3 days of power reserve — impressive specs from a motion that is just 3.95mm thick. It includes 203 parts and 31 stones, but most of these are hidden by the large plate which covers so much of this motion. The balance wheel and escapement are held securely by their bridge and penis, and also the micro-rotor gets the Officine Panerai text and logo on it — but this is all about all of the eye-candy you are going to receive from the P.4000. The red gold variant has a golden micro-rotor and text — as it should, thinking about the hefty price premium.
1 aspect of this micro-rotor — and this is something which has applied to every micro-rotor watch I’ve handled to date, irrespective of price or manufacturer point — is that the noticeable sound it makes. To Panerai’s credit, it must be stated that I have heard much louder full-rotor automatics, so the P.4000 really isn’t that loud, but it is audible in a quieter room or inside a quiet car stopped at some lights. The ticking of this movement may also be observed in case a hearing is really great — but then again, the PAM674 is far from being the loudest mechanical luxury view I have heard. It’s on the more audible side; though it is true that unnecessary and repeating sounds do make me mad very quickly (confession time).
All in all, the P.4000 is incredibly thin while it packs commendable specs — 4Hz and 3 days is a combination much thicker but likewise lately introduced moves from large”maisons” (ugh! ) neglect to achieve. Launched in 2014, the P.4000 was Panerai’s first micro-rotor affair and they did a good job at handling what’s really a challenging movement to layout and produce in volume.
It is for those helplessly in love with all the Luminor appearance, but that have matured in the enjoyably immature aesthetics of the majority of Luminors. You do not have to say goodbye to those iconic (darn it, I simply said it ! ) design components such as the sandwich , the round bezel, the pillow instance, or the crown guard, however you do get a watch that won’t push your sleeves back up to your elbow or ask for too much attention. You will not be that man sporting a flashy Panerai at this week’s corporate-wide layoff assembly, but the one who can glance down at his wrist and flash a subtle smile as you see everything you liked in a PAM while retaining the affection on your own.
Is the Luminor Due a one-up in the Normal Luminor (Luminor Uno? It clearly isn’t, and the 30-meter water immunity verges on being insulting. But its stunning proportions, neat details, great wearing comfort, and unusual motion make it a recommended consideration for people who have been looking for a more mature Panerai. Maybe it should have been called the Luminor Ultra-Thin (or Sottile — help me out here when this isn’t right and you know the right word in Italian) or perhaps Luminor Eleganza.