Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands-On: A Lefty PAM372

Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands-On: A Lefty PAM372

Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands On: A Lefty PAM372   hands on

Panerai has debuted two new (retro designed) Luminor 1950 pieces at SIHH 2014. We have already looked at the monopusher chronograph here, and now it’s time to discuss the other offering from this range: the more restrained, two-hand only PAM557 Destro 3 Days which is essentially identical to the famed PAM372 model (reviewed here), but with a lefty crown layout.

This time around we really are looking at a rather simple modification: the PAM557 follows the trend set by the chronograph piece as it also shares a lot in common with yet another 2011 novelty, the PAM372 (Luminor 1950 3 Days). Debuted three years ago, the 372 was almost exactly like the watch presented this year, other than the crown’s placement on the more usual right side of the case. What we have here is something Panerai likes to call the “Destro”, which stands for “right” in Italian and implies that the watch is primarily designed to be worn on the right wrist as the crown has been moved to the 9 o’clock position. The case is in 316L steel and it is polished all the way around, including the bezel. The crystal is not sapphire but 3mm thick Plexiglas, which is definitely not a first for Panerai, but certainly a welcomed treat for those in search of the more authentic Panerai “mood”.

Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands On: A Lefty PAM372   hands on

Much like with the chronograph, the PAM557 is also equipped with an in-house movement. Its P.3000 caliber has two barrels and hence provides up to 3 days of power reserve, paired with a more modest rate of only 21,600 vibrations per hour, or 3 Hz. Being a relatively new in-house movement one would perhaps expect more modern results, i.e. 4 Hz or 28,800 vph, but then again, fans of the vintage Panerai atmosphere would likely argue otherwise. If anything, this watch has a lot to offer to them, with its 3mm thick, domed Plexiglas, its sandwich dial with tan colored indexes and gold hands, all topped off with the large Luminor Panerai script just below 12 o’clock.

For some, the lack of a running seconds hand and its subdial might be a sorely lacked feature, or even a deal breaker. Yet, picking on this piece for such things would mean missing the point behind its creation. Losing the seconds hand and swapping the proven safety and luxury of a sapphire glass to an arguably inferior Plexiglas material clearly suggests that this model is not about pursuing the (rightful) expectations of modern watch lovers. Instead, it is about offering a new-ish piece that brings the wearer closer to the original creations of Panerai from some five decades ago; and much like the 372, the 557 also does rather well at that.

Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands On: A Lefty PAM372   hands on

In summary, while both the chronograph and the two-hands only pieces were merely modified versions of novelties we have seen at the 2011 SIHH, Panerai did what it does best: with small but noticeable changes they made both pieces even more desirable, bringing the more historical side of the brand to the forefront yet again. Speaking of the PAM557 Destro 3 Days, with its Plexiglas front, in-house movement, and more exclusive left-handed layout, it definitely is a very desirable package of Panerai goodness, if that is your thing. Honestly, in addition to being another flavor of an already desirable collection, the lefty crown is going to be more comfortable for many people who normally wear the watch on their left hand given that the crown is on the opposite side of their wrist.

Delivered with a second Plexiglas for replacement, plus the usual Panerai accessories (the extra rubber strap and strap changing tools), the Panerai Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days PAM557 will retail for $10,600. panerai.com

18 comments
JoshuaOgle
JoshuaOgle

Plexiglass? Really? On a 10k watch... Damn. 


I get brand loyalty, but that's just insane.

emenezes
emenezes

"Destro" means "right-handed".

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Am I the only one who thinks having the crown on the left side is like going to bed with your shoes on; ie., it just doesn't feel right.? Picky of me, I know.

Gee Z
Gee Z

Nice look, but still too large for smaller wrists.

And too expensive for the (lack of) features.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

" $10,600"......puh-leeze.

No reflection on your very well done review Mr. Bredan.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

So yeah, I'm gonna be "that" guy...

The luminor debuted in 1950, so 6.3 decades ago to be precise, but certainly not some 5 decades...


I enjoy the brand, and actually own a few, but I'm not a fan of the brand's fandom and the absurd pricing. A manually wound two-hand watch in steel with a plastic crystal for more than $11,000 (with tax) is clearly unrelated to the intrinsic value of the components. Now, THAT's the deal-breaker.

Zzyzx
Zzyzx

How I imagine conversations go in the Panerai product development office:


"We've released a special edition of every miniscule-ly different watch design we have. What now?"


"How about we strip out the sapphire crystal and release more special editions of every single model with plexiglass now?"


"Can we still charge at least five figures for these watches?"


"Why not?" 


"Brilliant!"

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I'd be OK with the vintage crystal, no seconds hand and slowly beating movement if the watch also has a 5 decades ago price. Since is doesn't, this has zero appeal to me. If ya want to own a vintage watch, buy one. Thanks for the post.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I can't wait for Ford to come out with the "new" Model-T and take me back to that classical level of discomfort and horrendous road safety that we all secretly lust after.  I don't have a problem with Panerai (they make some really beautiful watches), I just question why anyone would want to pay more for what is - let's face it - inferior.  Besides, at the risk of sounding like a bigot, they all look the same to me.  I often hear John Biggs making fun of how anal Rolex owners can be over the details but the Paneristi, with their myriad subtle changes, cannot be far behind.

David  Bredan
David Bredan

@emenezes  Darn it, if I had 5 bucks for every occasion when I checked that in a dictionary I could afford buying at least a couple of these watches! In all honesty, I've checked this countless of times and I've been getting it mixed up nonetheless ever since I first read this term. I can't for the life of me remember whether it stands for "right" as per to be worn on the right hand, or for "left" as for the crown's placement on the left side of the case. Thanks for pointing this out.

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Some of us are left handed, and wear our watches on our right wrists.

It's a nice touch.

David  Bredan
David Bredan

@DangerussArt  Good point. While I am definitely familiar with the relevant historical dates, for whatever reason when doing such a calculation I'm always deducting from around 2006-2007-ish, as though my mind has stopped counting the passing years since then. As weird as that may sound, this actually is the case and I do wonder if anyone else has experienced similar..? Anyway, thanks for pointing this out.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@LapYoda My next high school reunion will be the 45th. Imagine how I feel.