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Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

What’s next?” is the question that’s been on the lips of the nation – or at least those concerned Panerai fans, who thus far had to wonder what the next frontier may be for their beloved brand. The Luminor undoubtedly is the more popular and successful among Panerai collections – arguably paling the Radiomir in comparison – and while the brand has not shied away from releasing myriads of different iterations, the time has come for them today to release Luminor’s chapter due. Enter the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days, with the new and in fact thinnest Luminors ever, the PAM676 and PAM677 pieces. Let’s dig in and see if the due name is justified.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

The new Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days PAM675 45mm in red gold

Due (pronounced “doo-eh”) stands for to “two” in Italian, and that quite clearly marks how Panerai is launching the second chapter Luminor case. Wow. The name of the game is thickness – or rather the very lack of it. The Panerai Luminor Due case, in some instances, is up to 40% thinner than the comparable Luminor Uno (no, they have not started calling them that).

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

Here’s the hand-wound, 42mm wide steel version, the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days PAM676

Panerai is quick to stress, though, that “the ingredients for the new case are the ones well known to every connoisseur: the robust cushion case, large dial surrounded by the bezel (arguably not the most novel feature of all time), strong integrated lugs and the bridge-shaped device which seals the crown.” You need not be the most eagle-eyed of Paneristi either to see that the Luminor Due is heavily based on the Luminor 1950 case: it has what appears to be an extremely similar case and lug profile, albeit the aforementioned diet has of course taken effect.

 

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

Panerai P.1000 hand-wound in the PAM676

The Panerai Luminor Due line will be debuted by four models, a steel and gold version in both 42- and 45-millimeter sizes. Let’s see them one-by-one.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

The Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days PAM676 and PAM677 are the 42-millimeter-wide models – the references refer to the 316L and red gold versions, respectively. Both will come in 10.5 millimeter thick cases with the in-house P.1000 manufacture fitted inside. The movement, unsurprisingly, will provide 3 days worth of power reserve, operate at a most welcome 4 Hertz. Notably – for those who are eyeing the red gold version – the caliber’s P.1000/10 skeletonized version makes its debut in the precious metal model. We have seen Panerai produce some very impressive-looking skeletonized movements before (check this 10 Days GMT PAM624, for example), so this is good news; and even your run-of-the-mill P.1000 in the steel PAM676 offers plenty of eye-candy.

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Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

The automatic Panerai Luminor Due is just 10.7 millimeters thick

The dials, because they are always subject to scrutiny by the fans of the brand, are either black in the steel version, or anthracite grey in the gold PAM677. They have the classic sandwich structure and their top surface has been “enhanced” by a satiné soleil finish – that actually stands for “satin sun” and is in French, just to tingle your multi-lingo senses a bit.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

The hand-wound 42s are followed by automatic 45-millimeter-wide alternatives with the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic PAM674 in steel and PAM675 in red gold. Powered by the micro-rotor-equipped P.4000 in-house caliber, these also sport the claimed 72 hours of power reserve and the 4-Hertz frequency, while coming in at a mere 3.95 millimeters thick. The end result is a case that is unnoticeably thicker than the 42: the PAM674 and PAM675’s 45mm cases will be just 10.7 millimeters thick. As was the case with the smaller versions, the the red gold PAM675 will get a skeletonized caliber, in this instance, the P.4000/10.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

With all this noted, we must return to discussing the case in a bit greater detail. The impressive thinness (for Panerai, that is) would have hardly been possible for the brand had it not had these sufficiently thin in-house calibers in its stable – so good planning there. The thinner profile also helps solve an issue that must have been on the minds of many Panerai Luminor owners: often coming in at over 15 millimeters thick, even if the watch’s aesthetics complied with more elegant outfits, they simply did not always make for a comfortable wearing experience with long sleeves. This new Panerai Luminor Due collection should remedy that issue and offer Panerai buyers an option that will allow them to pick a watch that sports their desired looks but at the same time lacks the compromise in wearing comfort.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

Still, I feel there is something missing to justify the Due part of the name. Panerai has the Luminor 1950 and the Radiomir 1940, fair enough – and it is also understandable that they wouldn’t (and couldn’t) drift too far away from the Luminor’s very defined and much loved core DNA… And yet, a question (to be answered by every individual Panerai fan) is whether or not a merely thinner option justifies the chapter two designation?

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

Also worth noting is that although Panerai says they have designed a new case here, they have engineered it so that it only has 30 meters of water resistance. Now, despite the fact that the Luminor Due is certainly a more elegant (simply because it’s thinner) line, Panerai still claims that it has a “robust cushion case” and that “all the elements originate directly from the history of the brand.” A mere 30 meter depth rating – that actually more often than not equates to a watch that maybe is suitable for baths and showers and usually not at all recommended for swimming – hardly implies a robust design and construction…

Yes, we have seen Panerais with 30m ratings before, but what is the world coming to if the latest and greatest (and still technically rather simple) Panerai Luminor can’t make you feel safe wearing it during a swim in the pool – let alone in the open waters. There are not too many actual, measurable and comparable technical specifications that give watch brands a chance to back their claims with, but this rating will likely bother some fans of the brand – and we’ll leave many others totally unconcerned, of course.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Watches Debut New Luminor Line In 42 & 45MM Watch Releases

The new Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days case looks every bit as refined and as Panerai as one could hope for, but when I think of what a new, 21st-century Luminor Chapter Two could possibly be, I can’t help but imagine something that is more than a new option that is actually less.

Prices for the new Panerai Luminor Due models is as follows:
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days PAM676 in 42mm steel is $8,100;
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days PAM677 in 42mm red gold is $22,100;
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic PAM674 in 45mm steel is $10,700;
Panerai  Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic PAM675 in 45mm red gold is $25,600. panerai.com

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  • Beefalope

    What do the designers at Panerai do all day?

    Do they even have designers?

    • no but they have a Xerox !

    • TrevorXM

      They hang out with Rolex designers.

      • Beefalope

        I wanted to say that, but didn’t want to be accused of being a rabble rouser.

        Nice work!

        • iamcalledryan

          Did someone call?

          Seriously though, the Rolex link is relevant IMO. It has served Rolex extremely well to make only the smallest of incremental design changes. Panerai have a fairly passionate and particular following, many of which are also big for Paul Newman Daytonas and the likes. I see the Panerai design approach as following in Rolex footsteps because they are hoping to emulate the Rolex model of being able to justify high prices with high value retention.

          Would Panerai open themselves up to new customers if they produced a range that did not have a cushion case, sandwich dial, pencil hands or crown mechanism? Probably, but they would also risk diluting their core. Panerai is betting big on their heritage and one gauge of the value of their heritage is the vintage market – the worst thing to do to the vintage market is to reinvent yourself or pile in new diverse lines every year.

          • Mark Holland

            Agree with you all aspect there. At least with this update there’s no risk of ‘diluting’ their core, flooding it definately, but not diluting as it can’t get wet 😉

          • iamcalledryan

            Lol, not with 30m resistance, correct!

  • 30 m depth rating for what should be known as a diver’s watch ….. what were they thinking ?

    • iamcalledryan

      Fair point, but with leather straps I would be avoiding puddles, let alone diving.

      • MEddie90

        True enough but their other divers have a much higher depth rating and a leather strap. Hell a £70, no screw-down citizen of mine has 100m, its ridiculous to not have better protection on a watch at this price with a history of diving, even if its just for a little extra peace of mind.

        Plus it’d be nice to slap a nato on it and use it for a little swimming in the summer.

        • iamcalledryan

          The profile of this model highlights it as a dressier options to the thicker more recreational siblings. Regardless, I don’t disagree – it is not impossible to give more significant waterproofing to a watch of this thickness.

          • iamcalledryan

            This shot helps. They should have gone with the radiomir for the more appropriate crown too.

    • TechUser2011

      This watch isn’t meant for diving. Not that hard to understand. And there’s nothing stopping a company for making products outside its normal realm.

  • MEddie90

    That 676 is nice, its great to see a Panerai at a reasonable size and with a handwound movement too, it would make a great casual watch though the 30m rating would worry me (I assume the designer miss-typed 300m?).

    Shame all the promo renders have anti reflective on too, I love the large domes crystals on these watches and it’d be nice to see them.

    As for the design it may not be the most original but it is a classic at least.

  • iamcalledryan

    Love the depth profile. Steel auto FTW.

  • Roger Goodgion

    Does it say 30m for water resistance? That seems more against the core DNA than changing the size to something that fits on a nominal sized wrist.

  • IanE

    ” a question (to be answered by every individual Panerai fan) is whether
    or not a merely thinner option justifies the chapter two designation? ”

    Not for normal watch manufactures – but, for Panerai, this is a quantum jump! (Still hate those awful crown protectors – but then I’m British, so what do I know?).

  • benjameshodges

    And Frau, you look so…riiiiiiiight.

  • TrevorXM

    A big silly safety crown on a watch that is only rated for 30m that’s a three hand wind-up in steel that’s entirely machine-made without even any elaborate finishing for $8100? I suppose it’s not as absurd as that “luxury tool watch” $400,000 Panerai from a few days ago. So that’s something.

    • iamcalledryan

      I agree, the safety crown is the biggest contradiction of the shallow waterproofing. The movement is good enough for this price point IMO – not many micro-rotors out there for less.

  • Han Cnx

    This is pathetic. Why can’t the article not call it like it is in much clearer terms? It’s a review of a classic dive watch brand is it not? I’d do a one paragraph review and send it back, and tell them it’s a complete disgrace. Better yet, tell them where they can shove it; the only thing making me think twice about that would be that the depth rating might be insufficient even for that.

    • TechUser2011

      Why do you are about depth rating? Can you even swim?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I get it, i really do. Brand recognition. Easy as pie with a Panerai ( am a poet ! ). Problem is , it gets really boring. They are ( with a few exception before someone posts a pic ) pretty much all the same. Am not really caring what this automatic is made up of micro rotor or not. For the price, this is beyond a joke with a stupid crown protector. Why is their 2 wee L’s at swiss made. ?

  • Lawrence

    They are charging a lot for the amount of gold it has. Archie says that Pan is a ponzi scheme

  • srs144

    These dials look great and the thinner profile really works. I’m a fan and I haven’t said that often in recent years about Panerai releases.

  • Jim H

    I can’t fathom how they decided a 3-day auto in steel is worth 10.7k.

  • Ivan

    Lovely. And then I had to make a double take. 30m? Really? Seriously, I am a big fan. But the crown protection device on a 30m resistant watch is a farce. It is ridiculous to the point that it looks like they are having a laugh with their fan base.

  • IVA the LT

    Classic luxury pricing model: charge more for the simpler, thinner watch!

    In all seriousness though, I do like Panerai and have a 112 in my collection. But the nearly $6k retail was just absurd for that watch and they want 30% more for a thinner, 30m rated model?

    Plus, not really feeling the polished crown guard or the sunburst dial.

  • TechUser2011

    Beautiful watches. These are obviously meant for everyday fashionable wear, not for diving. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think these are the first Panerai watches I’ve seen that have a “sun-burst” dial. Usually their watches are flat black or have some pattern.

    • GalaxyGuy

      It is true that a vast majority of their watches have flat or matte dials, but they have released some sunburst dials in the past. For a couple of examples, try googling PAM598 or PAM605.

  • Alperen Sever

    I do understand Panerai, I really do… However, for more sales, is it reasonable to diverge from brand’s history? The watch looks fantastic especially as a dress watch; but, i don’t know. and 30 meters 🙁

    Btw. sun burst dial is looking really good.

  • JimBob

    Makes sense. It looks like a Panerai, but you can wear it without looking like a clown.
    Why only 30M though? Is there a technical reason they couldn’t do 100M? Sapphire is too thin?

    • WINKS

      I can only think of a financially technical reason.

  • Mark Holland

    I’m sorry but there are a TON of brands that can make genuine dive watches wirh 200-500m ratings in the same thin cases at under £500.

    A decent gasket, screw down case back and a couple of crown gaskets is all it takes. All it comes down to is the tolerances in manufacturing and a decent seal.

    How is it possible that a 8k watch can only achieve a maximum of 30m? And from a brand who’s only distinguishing sales point is that of a serious dive watch? It’s genuinely shocking and just speak volumes about the build quality.

    The new designs are stunning though, and the movements, especially the micro rotor are jaw dropping.

    But I think this is a HUGE mistake on behalf of the brand, doubly so at the crazy price point that keeps getting hiked up with each release… Apparently with worse build quality based on that.

    Yes these are meant as dress watches, but that’s no excuse for poor build quality.

    All style, no substance I’m afraid.

    • WINKS

      A 30m WR Panerai… Perfect for poseurs.

      • TechUser2011

        No. The poseurs are the ones who buy 300m+ dive watches without ever going diving. At least now Panerai has watches that are suitable for both true diving and for dress-wear.

      • TechUser2011

        No, the poseurs are the people who insist on 300m dive watches and never go swimming or diving with them. It’s like buying a 4×4 SUV and never leaving the city.

        • Mark Holland

          Nope, it’s a sign of BUILD QUALITY. The fact that you can not even SHOWER in an 8k watch is absolutely discusting, and shows they are cutting corners in their manufacturing and attention to detail.

          No problem with it not being marketed as a ‘dive’ watch, but by ramping up prices whilst cutting corners in the build quality comes across as pretty disrespectful to their customers in my opinion. Sure no one well ever go diving in a dress watch, but it needs to have at least a 100m rating for it to be covered for everyday use, and I’m sure many people would at least like to be able to wash their hands without being scared of the watch leaking.

          • TechUser2011

            WOW, you have a shower that’s over 30 meters deep. That is amazing. Is your shower basically a well in the backyard? The rest of us live in the first world, where we have indoor plumbing, meaning our shower basically is in a “bathroom”. That’s how we have it here in the USA, and our showers are right at ground level. Congratulations that your shower is so deep. Please stick with Panerai’s other watches that go deeper than 30 meters. I will stick with these nice new dress watches. They look solidly built, and I have no intention of taking them diving or showering. What kind of moron would take a $5000 watch with a leather strap in the shower is beyond common sense, not that I’m referring to you or anything.

          • WImads

            You obviously do not know how water resistance works… ABTW wrote a nice article about it, O suggest you look it up…

          • Mark Holland

            Officially recognised industry standard usage for 30m:

            Suitable for everyday use. Splash/rain resistant. Not suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, snorkelling, water related work and fishing.

            Surprisingly no my shower is not 30m deep, and sadly I don’t live by the sea to class that as my bath either!

            But anyway, yes obviously you woukd have to be somewhat special to take the watch into a shower or anywhere wet with a decent leather strap on it. But like most watch collectors I have a crazy amount if straps, from leathers, canvas, nylon, natos, perlons, bracelets and even the odd rubber strap. And every watch I have has been in a pool, shower or underwater at some point in its life (with the exception of some of the vintage watches).

            The Pont is, at 8k you really shoukd have that option, and it’s crazy that they couldn’t be bothered to build the watch able to do (as there is NO technical reason the case could not very easily be sealed at even a basic iso 100m rating).

          • Radoe

            Compliments, Mark, on a classy and informed answer to rant filled with ignorance and ad-hominem attacks.

          • Mark Holland

            It’s a rare thing from me 😉

  • DanW94

    Nice, I like the sunburst dials on these also, and I think the slimmer profile definitely broadens Panerai’s appeal. You might get some puzzled reaction from the faithful though, “Hey did my Panerai get thinner or did I just get hugher after that lift session?

  • WINKS

    30m of WR barely gets you safe hand washing. Patek’s Nautilus is good for 120m and is just as thin if not thinner with a sapphire crystal back. What’s your excuse Panerai? This watch is as useful as a second sphincter and you really think it should be the poster child for the brand’s second coming? Anybody home?

    • Radoe

      The cal. 240 movement of the Nautilus is one of the best automatics in production… Beautiful, thin, robust, and eminently usable as a base calibre for loads of complications.

  • Lewis

    I’ve been waiting for Panerai to give me a 1940 case luminor. The 1950 is just to thick for my taste. I find it really odd that the radiomir version has a greater wr than this new model. almost got it right Panerai.

  • ??????

    My Seiko 5 for 50$ got 100M WR rating, but I understand: it is expensive process.

  • Arunsakh Sachamuneewongse

    Is it just me of have they just taken a Radiomir 1940 case and added a crown guard on it?? Not that I’m saying its not nice …..

    • Svetoslav Popov

      I am saying it 🙂

  • I don’t quite understand why so many people are crowing about the depth rating. It’s a dress watch. Who goes diving with a rose gold, leather-strapped watch with no timing bezel? What’s the WR rating on a Rolex Cellini? Do you swim with an Omega De Ville? I’m no Panerai Fan Boy (Pan-Boy?) but I can recognize this for what it is.

  • SuperStrapper

    The movements are lovely to view, but the watches don’t have enough new personality to justify consideration over the Panerai I already own and love.

  • WImads

    Wow! They had been on my grail list already, but now they’re fixing every last problem I still had with them. I really like a polished 1950 case, but before they only had those in 45mm and above (with maybe 2 or so exceptions I didn’t really like the dial of). So finally a decently sized polished 1950, which is also thinner is amazing! And then the only other thing that I wished for is a bit less dull finished sandwich dial, et viola, a sunburst sandwich!!
    OK, so this is a robbery, everyone here empty your pockets and give me that 8000 dollars already! No one is leaving here until I got my Pammy!

  • DMJ

    Everyone complaining about the 30M WR…it´s just pure marketing! Panerai wants to diferentiate Luminor Duo from the 1950 (specially the new references that are thinner – PAM01312, PAM01359, etc) with sunray dials and A LOT less WR. So, if you want more WR, you buy the traditional Luminor models. It would be funny if someone tested the WR of this new Luminor Due, ím sure that it handles at least 100M.

  • GalaxyGuy

    I find these watches to be beautiful, but a I having a bit of cognitive dissonance when I look at them. To the best of my understanding (Panerisiti, please correct me if I’m wrong), one of the points of the crown protector is to apply pressure to the crown to increase water resistance. For a 30m WR watch, I guess I would have preferred to have had this line of thinner watches to have been based on the Radiomir 1940 case instead. Not that I’ll be buying a new PAM anytime soon anyway…

    The dials are truly stunning, though. I look forward to seeing them in person.

  • IG

    The ultimate poseur watch for meatheads. 30m WR and the big honking crown-thingy LOL

  • Lisa Lee

    “whether or not a merely thinner option justifies the chapter two designation?”

    So should I get one or not? Or maybe I could wait for a new Luminor Due next year?

  • Lisa Lee

    “whether or not a merely thinner option justifies the chapter two designation?” – So should I get one or not? Are they worth it? Or maybe I should wait for a new Luminor Due coming next year?

  • Mikita

    News flash…it has a crown guard.

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