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Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Oro Bianco PAM00376 Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com http://www.thewatchbox.com The Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Oro Bianco - one of only 501 produced in 2011 - combines the best of both worlds. Owners get all of the style and vintage vibe of the classic Panerai model "3646" that spawned the combat dive watch in the 930s. But the PAM 376 also boasts the refinement, modern technology, and luxurious finish that contemporary luxury watch buyers demand. The star of the show is a Panerai "California" dial of the type used by Officine Panerai and its corporate patron saint, Rolex, during the 1930s. This iteration of the classic "Roman top/Arabic bottom" sandwich dial includes simulated aged radium. Just as vintage Panerai dive watches assume a tanned and weathered patina as their dials age, the PAM 376 Oro Bianco features browned and faded dial features. Unlike the vintage references, the PAM 376 still features functional lume, and this watch glows like a torch at night. Other vintage elements add to the appeal of this charismatic Panerai. The tobacco-colored dial recalls the famous "tropical" effect that takes hold of older watches as their dials age. The brownish-red tone is warm and endearing to the eye; matching rose gold hands are the perfect complement. And those rose gold hands give up the game; this a luxury watch, not a rough-hewn antique implement for bilge-crawling grunts in cammo. An exquisite 47mm case in polished 18-karat while gold looks the part of tool-watch steel, but its fine qualities are a like a secret kept between the owner and his watch; only the heft of the PAM 376 gives up its game. On the reverse, a sapphire case back reveals the gorgeous Panerai caliber P.3000 movement. Its free-sprung balance, dual-anchored balance bridge, and 3-day power reserve are miles removed from the crude pocket watch movements employed in the old Panerai 3646 models. Add fine finishing and an hour hand that moves independent of the minutes for quick travel adjustments, and the result is a luxury watch power plant befitting a premium product and a rare limited edition. This Panerai Radiomir 3 Day Oro Bianco PAM 376 is available from thewatchbox.com in outstanding condition with full factory boxes, technical manuals, 2011 model year Special Edition accessories, and documents of provenance. All equipment that would have been included at the Panerai boutique is included with this rare and exquisite Panerai Radiomir. Video and content by Tim Mosso.