Panerai PAM00297

Collection: Luminor Gender: Men
A classic, elegant wrist flattering watch. This Panerai PAM 297 (PAM00297) from the Luminor GMT series is one of only few of the watchmaker’s timepieces that comes in steel on steel right out the box. Nicely combining the alluring look of the original 1940s Luminor, modernized design, and the time-tested Panerai OP VIII calibre, this beauty is sure to be a worthy addition to be added into your collection.

Panerai PAM00297 44mm Luminor GMT PAM 00297 Automatic for men

Just like the previously reviewed steel on leather dual time Luminor, this PAM297 belongs to the brand’s contemporary line. A large size for gents, the watch sports a solid 44 mm round case with stationary bezel that is made from a single block of the premium grade stainless steel for an optimum durability. The case is brushed, while the bezel that holds 3.5 mm thick sapphire crystal is finished in high polish. The back of the case is solid, and at the right hand side, there is the watchmaker’s patented lever crown protection device which shields the winding crown and making it water-proof.

The winding crown is made waterproof not by using screws, but by a bridge-like mechanism with a hinged section in the centre, which Officine Panerai patented more than half a century ago, and which still makes the watch immediately identifiable.


Function wise, this PAM 297 is a dual time watch that uses a third hand that making one full revolution of the dial once every 24 hours along with the hour hand to keep track of a second time zone. Of course, this 3rd hand can be set independently from the 12-hour hand. In addition to displaying second time-zone, the watch also has an open flange styled small seconds subdial at nine, and a magnified date display at the 3 o’clock position.

Speaking of the powerhouse, the Panerai OP VIII calibre that is fitted within this Panerai PAM00297’s sturdy case is a Chronometer grade movement that is officially certified by C.O.S.C. It is rugged and highly accurate. Specifically, this in-house caliber that is developed based on the Valjoux 7750-P1 movement is a Swiss made, automatic mechanical self-winding movement that features 21 jewels, Glucydur balance, and Incabloc anti-shock device, capable of producing 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour, and has approximately 42 hours of power reserve under full wind. Panerai OP VIII calibre is one of the watchmaker’s most precise automatic caliber, and not only accurate, as long as it is properly maintained, the movement is sure to last for generations to come.

snapshot: dialThis Luminor GMT’s Black dial is not a sandwich dial. The sapphire shielding it features glare proofing for an improved visibility, meanwhile the skeleton hour and minute hands, GMT hand, sticks and Arabic numeral (6, 12) hour markers, 24-hour GMT hour markers around the outer rim, as well as the small seconds subdial markers and hand feature SuperLuminova fills so that they are easy to read regardless the light condition is.

snapshot: braceletHaving a case that is made of a single block stainless steel, it is true that this PAM297 is a tad bit heavy, however, it is not too heavy and quite comfortable to wear. The watch’s formidable link bracelet that is fashioned with vertical brushed finishing and polished surface between the links feels just perfect, and it is securely fasten with a tang buckle clasp. And adding further convenience, this timepiece’s whole construction is 300 m water resistant so that not only immune against splashes of water, you can even explore you favorite diving spot with this beauty around your wrist worry-free.

Anyway, this gent’s 44mm steel on steel Panerai PAM00297 Luminor GMT watch’s suggested retail price is $9,200.00. Just saying, within the wooden box, the necessary tools to change the straps are included, but, this model doesn’t come with secondary strap.

Watch Specification

Brand: Panerai
Collection: Luminor
Series: GMT
Model number: PAM00297

Style: 00297. also referred as PAM 00297, PAM 297, PAM297

Watch style: Gent, Casual Dress, Classic
Display type: Analog
Movement: Swiss automatic

Panerai OP VIII Calibre. In house, OP III’s GMT variant, based on caliber ETA Valjoux 7750-P1. Swiss made, manual-winding mechanical movement with Glucydur balance, and Incabloc anti-shock device. Chronometer officially certified by COSC. 13 1/4 lignes, 21 jewels. 28,800 vph. provides ± 42 hours of power reserve.

Decoration
Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges.

Functions: Hour, Minute, Small Second, GMT / 2nd Time zone, Date
Dial: Black

Panerai’s Black dial. SuperLuminova coated Silver-tone skeleton hour and minute hands. luminous stick and Arabic hour markers. silver tone GMT hand with luminescent filled tip. lumminous GMT Arabic hour marker around the outer rim. open flange small seconds subdial at 9. date display with magnifier at 3.

Window: Sapphire Crystal

3.5 mm. scratch resistant, anti-reflective coated. magnifying lens above the date display.

Case: AISI 316L Stainless steel

Round, Ø 44 mm. ±15 mm thick. brushed.

Bezel: AISI 316L Stainless steel

stationary bezel. polished.

Caseback: Solid

screwed-in stainless steel. engraved.

Crown: Screw down crown

Stainless steel. fluted. protected by trademarked lever mechanism.

Bracelet: Stainless steel

Silver tone, brushed and polished. ± 24 mm wide. men’s standard.

Clasp: Tang buckle clasp
Notable Features: Calendar
2nd Time zone
Luminous hands and markers
Water resistant: 300 m (30 ATM / 1000 feet)

suitable for showering, swimming, snorkeling, and skin diving.

Additional info: Material

AISI 316L 1.4435 stainless steel is Officine Panerai’s material par excellence since it is highly resistant to corrosion and is hypoallergenic, making it ideal for contact with the skin.

MSRP

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Rate: 1

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price or Recommended Retail Price listed here may or may not reflecting the actual selling price of this Panerai Luminor watch. You should use it and/or its conversion value for estimation only.

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The Panerai 44mm Luminor GMT PAM 00297 Automatic review in this page is written by Rief at Wednesday, June 05, 2013. The post is tagged as $5000 up to $10000, 300m, 44mm, analog, automatic, casual, date, gmt, men, mid end, on steel, panerai, round, small second, stainless steel, swiss automatic, two hands, watch.

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