If you needed to characterize a Panerai watch to someone who thought nothing about the brand, you would most likely wind up with a portrayal thusly: a powerful pad molded case, vintage complements, an exceptional Italian style and a basic dial with signature numerals sparkling in obscurity. Notable for a few, however for others maybe all in all too moderate, excessively unfilled. Notwithstanding, Panerai has more to bring to the table than time-possibly watches and on the off chance that you need more going on your dial, the following Panerai Luminor 1950 Automatic Flyback Chronograph PCYC (Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge) ref. PAM00653 is unquestionably one to consider. Let’s come to the heart of the matter: it is one of the coolest Panerai models of the parcel (consistently endorsed among the redaction team).
The Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Acciaio 44mm (note to Panerai: kindly simplify names for your watches), or the PAM00653 for greater straightforwardness, is essential for the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) collection, the driving International Circuit for Classic Sailing Yachts, from the Antilles to the Mediterranean – so, a progression of regattas for vintage cruising boats supported by Panerai and that has existed for a very long time. It is nothing unexpected that Panerai has a committed assortment of watches commending this association with PCYC – an assortment currently comprising three models, the white dial PAM00654, the titanium and 47mm PAM00652 with regatta counter and the current steel/dark dial and 44m breadth flyback chronograph ref. PAM00653.
As a race for vintage boats, you can’t anticipate that Panerai should give current and specialized watches in this setting –, for example, the Panerai Luminor Regatta Transat Classique ref. PAM00956, presented half a month prior. For this PCYC assortment, the Italian brand needed to shoot with all its vintage weapons, yet with the essential specialized innovation that a chronograph requires. Hence, the PAM00653 is an intriguing blend of cool retro subtleties inside a general contemporary bundle – indeed, it feels more adjusted than the conventional 1950 models that can now and then play altogether too hard on “heritage”.
A ordinarily Panerai habillage
As for the case, no curve balls here. The Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Acciaio 44mm PAM00653 depends on all the customary codes of the brands. The case, run of the mill of the Luminor 1950 assortment, blends the vintage pad state of early Panerai watches with the brand name crown security gadget/storage that will later become the standard – such a temporary watch. The 316L steel case is for the most part cleaned, except for the crown assurance gadget that is silk finished.
As for the measurements, then again it is commonly Panerai, which means a weighty, powerful and substantial watch. At 44mm in distance across, it absolutely establishes a connection when worn and won’t fly under the radar. This has been essential for Panerai’s idea for quite a long time and it isn’t liable to change. However, what the specs won’t advise you is that, despite the fact that it estimates 44mm and is over 16mm in stature, this watch is really comfortable on the wrist. The carries are short and bended and the lash is adequately enormous to adjust the watch on the wrist. This nearly came as an amazement and even 17cm wrists can deal with this powerful piece of impeccable steel.
As most chronographs of the brand with in-house developments, the pushers are situated on the left half of the case – start/stop at 10 o’clock and reset/flyback at 8 o’clock. This remaining parts a marginally amazing decision yet consistently, the reset pusher has all the earmarks of being incredibly viable to activate with your correct thumb. The beginning catch needs to become accustomed to its irregular position, however.
The crown is, as regular with Panerai, solidly got by the mark parallel gadget however is sufficiently enormous and simple to hold. The instance of the PAM00653, despite the fact that a chronograph, is water-impervious to 100 meters – all that anyone could need for most conditions. And all things considered, it is a nautical watch, not a jumping instrument. Complementing the vintage look is Panerai’s cool-looking upset regular leather lash, which will acquire patina throughout the time, and an exemplary pin clasp to tie down the watch to the wrist.
As referenced in the presentation, Panerai watches, because of their enormous size and their time-just or little seconds show, can some of the time be altogether too basic, all in all too perfect. This isn’t the case for this Flyback Chronograph PCYC ref. PAM00653. There is a ton going on this watch yet in an extremely certain manner. Subtleties, colors, display… It is really an extremely, engaging watch.
So, if the case is unquestionably Panerai, the dial is to some degree strange for the brand: it is occupied. Dials at Panerai can be perfect to the point of not in any event, highlighting a logo – think California-dialed watches – and by and large, it is only a couple of hands, records/numerals and (not generally) a little seconds sub-dial. Be that as it may, on a 44mm or 47mm watch, some will discover it excessively smooth. The PAM00653 will satisfy them, as it adds to the exemplary Panerai DNA the coolness of a 1940s chronograph with a decent dial and intriguing display.
The base is unmistakably that of a Panerai, with a matte dark plate, adapted Arabic numerals (radiant, obviously), commonplace hands for both the hours/minutes and for the sub-counters and a combination of shading that is warm and old-school – a valid statement is that this overlaid dial doesn’t make a decent attempt to imitate a matured watch. The logo sits traditionally underneath the 12 o’clock hour marker and the sub-dials are adjusted, very much situated and proportional. One of the principle focal points of in-house developments is this variation to the watch and its size.
As you can see, notwithstanding the focal hours/minutes, the little seconds at 9 o’clock and the 12-hour counter at 3 o’clock, the Flyback Chronograph PCYC ref. PAM00653 additionally includes a couple of focal chronograph hands. Don’t be excessively eager, it isn’t a rattrapante. Panerai, in any case, settled on the decision of a neat chronograph show with both the recorded seconds and minutes given by focal hands – silver-hued for the seconds, gold-plated for the minutes (much the same as the hours sub-counter). In this way, the passed times are demonstrated in a characteristic and simple to-peruse way.
In terms of engravings, Panerai has printed a great deal on this dial, yet in an organized method to evade disarray. The dial is surrounded by two scales, one for the seconds/minutes and, imprinted on the internal spine, a nautical tachymetre (to legitimize the association with the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. Rather than being graduated in kilometers, this tachymeter scale is here giving paces in tangles – in view of nautical miles (1.852 km). This doesn’t suggest a specialized alteration, simply an alternate graduation.) This Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback stays a basic chronograph – for a genuine regatta chronograph, check the 47mm PAM00652 with its commencement complication.
As for the mechanics inside this watch, Panerai depends on its generally useful in-house chronograph development, the P9100. In view of the P9xxx design with 3-day power hold, it is current and imagined considering unwavering quality. Be that as it may, it likewise includes the greater part of the contemporary treats. The P9100 is a coordinated, automatic chronograph with segment haggle grip – an engineering that permits an exact beginning of the chronograph just as a smooth activity of the pushers.
In expansion to this, the P9100 is likewise outfitted with a flyback work on each of the three chronograph signs. The flyback permits a quick restart of the chronograph by just squeezing once on the pusher at 8 o’clock – rather than the 3-venture arrangement stop-reset-start on a traditional chronograph. The flyback work is helpful when recording a few laps in a row.
The development, taken cover behind a shut steel caseback (with decent nautical landscape on it), is brightened in the common Panerai way – straight brushed scaffolds and precious stone cleaned slopes. This development has a comfortable 72-hour or 3-day power save and a 4hz frequency.
Price and availability
The Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Acciaio 44mm PAM00653 is an exceptional version watch, anyway not restricted underway. It has been available since 2017 and is accessible at retailers just as on the internet business website of Panerai (contingent upon the nations). It is evaluated at EUR 12,000 or USD 12,300.
This PAM00653 came as a shock to us. It is appealing, top notch or more all, shows an extraordinary harmony between the detail of a chronograph and the excellence of a vintage-roused watch. In the event that you’re on the lookout for a strong, sporty Chrono with old-school style and the Panerai contact, this is one you ought to consider. More subtleties at www.panerai.com .