The new-for-2023 Panerai Radiomir California PAM01349 Replica watch with its ex-works scratched-up Brunito eSteel™ case is something that would very much belong in that imaginary utopian world of Panerai.
Case in point, again, is the Panerai Radiomir California PAM01349, a striking-looking watch with a powerful dial that has its own fascinating history.The history of this dial, where the upper half features Roman and the lower half Arabic numerals, is intertwined with the history of not just Panerai but also the world, making it all the more special for those willing to do some research.
The PAM01349 is a bit of a beast, as befits a Top Swiss Panerai Radiomir Replica, even if this is the first time a California dial is available in not a 47mm but “only” 45mm guise. Still, at 45mm-wide, not even the skinny lugs can take away from the bulk of this expansive cushion case. The corners reach wide before they are pinched together, and yet the proportions are bang on, so long as you manage to exclude a narrow wrist from the equation.
Why Panerai Replica Watches US insists on using ultra-reflective domed crystals remains a mystery; the brand makes these watches very difficult to appreciate and to photograph. Properly anti-reflective-coated crystals can’t come soon enough to Panerai, perhaps with a thermoplastic (Plexiglas®) front for those after a vintage effect.
After modulating the watch in hand for a while, an angle that supports closer inspection of the dial can be found. This reveals metallic blue hands that range from bright blue to almost purple depending on the angle and lighting conditions. The Luxury Panerai Replica base of the dial is dark green with a vignette effect painting the periphery dark and unsaturated.
The beige Super-LumiNova works well with the green and blue and creates an admittedly faux patina effect — a pet peeve of some and an attractive feature for others. All that is beige actually glows in green in the Panerai 1:1 Replica Watches dark, although it has to be said that in our experience, colored lume is never as bright and long-lasting as white or greenish-white luminescent paint. To be fair, it is still much brighter than more saturated, darker colors.
This metal is PVD coated and then given a “burnished” finish where polishing and black coating processes are followed by a tumble-polish to create this aged aesthetic. Brunito means burnished in Italian.The Panerai Radiomir California Dial PAM01349 Replica comes with a calf leather raw-cut strap with three seams of contrast stitching. Exclusive to just the PAM01349 is a hot-printed “G. Panerai e Figlio” inscription, the exact same phrase found on the signage of the original Panerai workshop in Florence.
One key component to the 2000s and 2010s success of Panerai was the uniquely positive way in which Panerai watch designs responded to swapping straps — a complete transformation that looks as good as the original is somehow more easily possible with these cushion cases and perfectly round bezels than with so many other watch heads in modern watchmaking.
The Panerai Radiomir California Dial PAM01349 Copy Watch is powered by the P.5000 caliber, a hand-wound movement with 8 days of power reserve — an impressive feat, although it is achieved in part through a lowered operating frequency that is 3 instead of 4Hz. The caseback is etched with the Panerai and Radiomir phrases in vintage-cool typography, a great match to the Radiomir that dates back almost 90 years. Water resistance is 100 meters, which is as it should be.
A movement that matched the vibe and style of the dial, case, and caseback (with those cool etchings) would go a long way in illustrating the brand’s dedication and attention to detail.The Exact Replica Watches lack of branding oozes confidence and hints at some very serious chapters in history, while the cushion case and its perfectly proportioned bezel continue to beautifully frame it all in a design that looks like it has stories to tell.