Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 Replica Watches Hands-On

The use of novel and space-age materials in high-end watches is always fun to follow as a spectator, but it’s far more appreciated when their practical benefits might sometime soon be used in watches that a broader segment can enjoy. That’s rarely the case, but one watch that piqued my interest in this way was the transparent case back Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 copy watches (debuted here). Utilizing an array of carbon composites and low-friction components that run without the need for any kind of liquid lubrication, the result is a watch that guarantees 50 years of service-free operation. There’s no way to know if the guarantee will hold but, limited in production to only 50 pieces, I can’t imagine that 50 Panerai enthusiasts and collectors, aka “Paneristis,” won’t want to engage in this long-term experiment with the brand.

Alongside the Panerai BMG-TECH which also centers around the use of fancy, high-tech materials, the black rubber straps Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 fake watches demonstrates the capabilities of the Laboratorio di Idee (LAB-ID), which operates as Panerai’s R&D department based in Neuchâtel. Like some of Panerai’s previous timepieces (such as this Luminor Submersible 1950), the watch utilizes a material known as Carbotech that serves on both functional and aesthetic levels. While I can’t dispute the use of carbon composites for the sake of their mechanical advantage, I can’t help but notice just how well the deep shaded layers of the Carbotech interact with the minimal blue luminous dial and crystal Panerai incorporated here.

There are four innovations Panerai utilized in developing its caliber P.3001/C, starting with a set of mainplates and bridges constructed entirely out of tantalum-based ceramic, removing the need for any kind of lubrication. This oil-free concept also moves into the DLC-coated silicon escapement, which is second in the list of innovations. Thirdly, with the kind of ceramic and DLC use we see here, Panerai has eliminated the need for traditional jewels. Therefore, the movement uses a set of just four DLC-coated jewels that remove the need to lubricate the Incabloc shock system. Finally, the two mainspring barrels also operate without any grease or oil and do so with a multi-layer coating and a final layer of DLC.

It’s true that the low-friction, oil-free concept isn’t something new in watchmaking. Back in 2007, Jaeger-LeCoultre released the Extreme LAB followed by the Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2, another watch that could operate without lubrication for its lifetime. The same can be said about a watch like the Cartier ID Two Concept we covered previously. What these pieces didn’t have was the 50-year guarantee, and while the Cartier concept remained a concept, the JLC is designed to grab attention and reflect its “overengineered” attitude both inside and out. This Panerai, however, isn’t really that different-looking from any other watch they make, save for the use of blue and other subtle hints. I like that it’s a watch you can actually ostensibly wear every day for 50 years without feeling self-aware about it – if you have wrists like Sylvester Stallone, that is.

The Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700’s case is sized at a substantial 49mm. Much of the larger size is offset by the Carbotech’s characteristic lightweight features. It displays thick layers of the carbon fiber composite and, as I mentioned previously, this creates interesting visual effects with both the luminous blue and deep black tones on the dial. This layered effect even carries on into the crown-protecting device Panerai is known for. The matte finishing is also a nice inclusion to the watch’s stealthy and high-precision look. Additionally, the case boasts 100 meters of water-resistance.

On the dial, Panerai uses carbon nanotubes meant to absorb any trace of light that hits it, resulting in a deep, deep black. The blue Super-LumiNova used throughout the numerals and markers on the “sandwich-style” dial pops against the black tone and is also incorporated into the hands. It almost reminds me of single beams of light piercing through miles of deep oceanic abyss. Overall, I find the dial to be as legible as it gets considering its high contrast and massive size.

The crystal itself has the text “Luminor, Panerai, LAB-ID,” printed directly onto it, and I think this is where some people might find issues with the watch. Because the text is printed onto the crystal itself, it will inevitably get in the way of the hands, which could throw some people off when trying to read the time. Personally, I find that it serves as an interesting solution to the fact that Panerai could not print text on the carbon nanotube dial. Additionally, the crystal features double anti-reflective coating.

Taking a look at the case back, we find the caliber P.3001/C in all its deep, dark glory. One of my favorite features is the power reserve indicator that uses the same blue accents found on the dial. Power reserve is three days and the movement operates at 21,600vph. For convenience while time setting, Panerai included a seconds reset function that returns the seconds hand to the 12 o’clock position. It’s a feature that seems to grow increasingly popular and is definitely something I can appreciate.

No surprise here, the strap on the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 carries the black and blue scheme. The same dark tones found throughout the watch carry on all the way through the buckle and the blue contrast stitching ties together the look.

The use of innovative materials and movement architecture to cut down on the need for servicing is an area where the industry still has a long way to go before implementing these technologies on a larger, more accessible scale, but I think the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 marks a notable step. If my math is correct, routine and minor service costs for the average Panerai could potentially add up to around $8,000 over the span of 50 years. It’s a figure that falls way short in terms of justifying this particular watch’s price, and there are still a few areas (magnetization, for example) that I’m not sure about. But hey, I have a feeling that the buyers of these delicate copy  watches probably aren’t doing that math in their head to justify the cost, but rather enjoying the watch and tracking its 50-year promise.

On The Wrist Review: Panerai Luminor PAM88 Fake Watches

Officine Panerai is a brand with a storied history of military utilization dating all the way back to the 1940’s. It is this military association that caught the imagination of so many collectors and enthusiasts alike; though Panerai watches were not actually commercially available to the public until 1993.

Panerai Design

The iconic Panerai case shape and dial was born out of a functional need of the Italian Navy to provide a robust, waterproof, and easily read watch to their divers. This pure “tool watch” practicality is what has continued to make Panerai a perennial favorite.

The Arabic numerals Panerai Luminor Marina GMT replica wacthes, reference PAM00088, is a watch that closely follows this purpose-built functionality while adding some characteristic style as well. The 44mm Luminor case is forged out of a single block of 316L stainless steel, then polished to a mirror finish. This forging process creates a seamless and strong foundation for the watch with no welds or screw holes.Utilizing a solid one-piece case eliminates many of the fault-points to ensure a waterproof watch all the way down to 300 meters. What you can’t eliminate is the crown- you do need to be able to set the watch, right? To ensure the crown is sealed tight, Panerai developed one of their most recognizable elements, a patented crown guard system that locks the crown in place sealing off the most notorious vulnerability from the elements.

PAM88 – Luminor Marina GMT

As the name suggests, this watch also features a GMT, or second time zone, complication with an independently adjustable 24-hour hand. Whether you are a business traveler or just have family across the country, being able to track a second time zone is one of the most useful complications a watch can have. What makes all of this work inside the case of the PAM88, is a proprietary version of the venerable Valjoux 7750 automatic movement that is simplified, without the chronograph module. Panerai refers to this COSC chronometer-certified movement as the OP VIII.While this is not an in-house caliber designed and manufactured by Panerai, it is a robust and reliable movement that has been in use for over 40 years and, is in a configuration not available from any other brand.

Like most Panerai watches, the dial is clean and easy to read. Even with the additional 24-hour ring encircling the matte black dial, Panerai manages to make it legible at a glance. At three o’clock there is a date indication with quick-change function and cyclops magnifier carved into the underside of the 3.5mm thick, domed and anti-reflective, sapphire crystal.This design leaves the top of the watch smooth and unaffected by the magnifier. The hands are polished to match the case then filled with superluminova. Along with the luminous-painted indexes, this is where the Luminor name is really apparent. Panerai watches glow very bright in the dark and the PAM88 is no exception.

Wearing The PAM88

On the wrist, you wouldn’t expect a 44mm wide and 16mm thick watch to be comfortable but, it is. Panerai has done a good job to design short lugs that allow the shiny square-scale alligator strap to fall naturally. The strap is also tapered in thickness making it supportive but very flexible where it needs to be. It is then secured with a signed, butterfly deployant clasp.Panerai’s design of the Luminor case, like previously mentioned, places the steel cases Panerai Luminor GMT copy wacthes squarely in the tool watch category. Yet, with a clean layout, precise proportions and fine finishing, you can definitely wear this watch in a variety of situations. This model is especially versatile due to the polished case that dresses it up a bit.Vintage military watches are some of the most sought after pieces by collectors. The next level below those rare watches, are the contemporary pieces whose DNA is directly descended from those tried and true, purpose built, government issue watches. The Panerai Luminor GMT charming replica watches is no exception.