A quick post.
I popped into The Hour Glass in Sydney to pick up a magazine and through sheer luck of timing, got to see the newly arrived PAM643, a ceramic Radiomir that is so new that it’s not even on the Officine Panerai website yet. Unfortunately I was not carrying a camera at the time, so this is just a quick phone photo to share with you because new Panerai releases are always of great interest to many.
Ostensibly a replacement for the much-loved PAM292, it is 45mm and contains the OP XI Calibre, not an in-house movement. I don’t know the reason for this, but I do know that this will please quite a few people, not least of all because it will keep it more affordable.
The hobnail dial is looks pretty good, and without the seconds indication at 9 o’clock, is a much cleaner dial than the PAM292. My impression on handling it is that it seems less like a ‘replacement’ for it than something completely new that happens to also be a ceramic Radiomir. Given how fond people are of the PAM292 I am not sure whether it is borderline heretical to say this, but I find the PAM643 a better looking watch because of the removal of the seconds. Another important part of what makes it appealing is the strap, a critical part of the wearing of any Panerai, which appears to be their Assolutamente leather, an untreated leather which is soft and will develop a patina with age.
I hope to get you some more (camera) photos soon but in the meantime, the Australian RRP is $11,350 and for those of you in the relevant markets, I believe it is 8,100 EUR.