Panerai Luminor 1950 Destro, PAM557

Panerai PAM 557 Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days designed specifically for left-handers – hence the “destro” designation – and powered by Panerai’s in-house P3000 movement, the timepiece pairs a 47mm steel case with a decidedly retro Plexiglas crystal over the dial. Essentially a flipped version of 2011′s PAM 372, which got luminous numerals, and a three-day power reserve and comes equipped with the brand’s usual leather and rubber strap options. The PAM 557 Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days is expected to retail for $10,000-11,000 USD upon its SIHH 2014 debut.

Debuted three years ago, the 372 was almost exactly like the watch presented this year, other than the crown’s placement on the more usual right side of the case. What we have here is something Panerai likes to call the “Destro”, which stands for “right” in Italian and implies that the watch is primarily designed to be worn on the right wrist as the crown has been moved to the 9 o’clock position. The case for replica PAM557 is in 316 solid stainless steel and it is polished all the way around, including the bezel. The crystal is not sapphire but 3mm thick Plexiglas, which is definitely not a first for Panerai, but certainly a welcomed treat for those in search of the more authentic Panerai “mood”.

Much like with the chronograph, the PAM557 is also equipped with an in-house movement. Its P.3000 caliber has two barrels and hence provides up to 3 days of power reserve, paired with a more modest rate of only 21,600 vibrations per hour, or 3 Hz. Being a relatively new in-house movement one would perhaps expect more modern results, i.e. 4 Hz or 28,800 vph, but then again, fans of the vintage Panerai atmosphere would likely argue otherwise. If anything, this watch has a lot to offer to them, with its 3mm thick, domed Plexiglas, its sandwich dial with tan colored indexes and gold hands, all topped off with the large Luminor Panerai script just below 12 o’clock.

In summary, while both the chronograph and the two-hands only pieces were merely modified versions of novelties we have seen at the 2011 SIHH, Panerai did what it does best: with small but noticeable changes they made both pieces even more desirable, bringing the more historical side of the brand to the forefront yet again. Speaking of the PAM557 Destro 3 Days, with its Plexiglas front, in-house movement, and more exclusive left-handed layout, it definitely is a very desirable package of Panerai goodness. Honestly, in addition to being another flavor of an already desirable edition, the lefty crown is going to be more comfortable for many people who normally wear the watch on their left hand given that the crown is on the opposite side of their wrist.

According to offical offer, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days PAM557 will retail for $10,600. A little bit higher than we thought, yes of course for replica Panerai watches, better quality higher price is for sure.