You don’t have to put on a pair of tattered jeans with a faded vintage t-shirt to be iconic; you just have to wear the PAM112.
There’s a chance that you own a respectable stable of watches and that includes a few expensive pieces like the IWC Portuguese Chronograph 3714 SS Automatic and the Rolex Bamford Daytona “Mike Shinoda” Black, but you realise something is amiss. You head over to a friend’s housewarming party and that’s when you see it. A Panerai Luminor. You don’t know the exact model, but you do know you will not give up until you have one of your own.
Panerai, admittedly, isn’t for everyone. The Italian watches are big, loud and, undoubtedly, a rather dull-looking watch. Of course, this is a sweeping statement considering looks are always down to individual palettes. But as boring as some of you may think Panerai watches to be, you cannot deny just how iconic the PAM112 really is.
The 112 that you see here is a 44mm Luminor with a base, sandwich dial. The base here refers to the two hands (minute and hour) without the second hand and sandwich being the numerals cut out of top layer exposing luminous layer beneath. This combination gives the watch a distinctive and unmistakeable Panerai look that you can recognise from across the room at a housewarming party.
While many other watches of this side of the price point includes complicated movement and flimsy case back, the 112 uses Panerai’s famous yet simple OP X calibre movement, coupled with a highly accurate manual winding mechanism that features 17 jewels, Glucydur balance and a Incabloc anti-shock device. What’s more iconic is the fact that this watch is hand wound with close to 56 hours of power reserve. While it’s arguable about that a watch of this calibre should be more complex, we reckon it suits the 112 perfectly because it’s simple, reliable, sturdy and well-made with absolutely no fuss.
Why this model, you may ask. Well, this is actually one of the least expensive Panerai models in the market now and is also harder to come by. As a result, it’s more sought after. Plus, the 560 - which sports a similar case and base dial as the 112 and is using Panerai’s P.5000 in-house movement - is pretty much the replacement for this watch. Oh and it has a dramatic 8-day power reserve. In other words, like some of the vintage models from Rolex and Patek Philippe, it’ll be a matter of time before the 112 gets lost in time.
Perhaps, in the essence of watch collecting, following the heart rather than mind is vital. The timepieces you so religiously seek must be able to speak to you, metaphorically. That’s how it is with the PAM112. It’s the kind of spot-on timepiece that deserves your attention and your decisiveness to pull the trigger.
For those of you out there who are looking for a classic minimalist timepiece that’s sturdy yet stylish, the Panerai PAM112 is the perfect one. While its original suggested retail price may bridge the $7,000 mark, you could always head down to Goldman Luxury Watches for a better offering. After all, if you already know something is amiss, you should rectify the problem, pronto.