The Panerai Radiomir California PAM 249 replica is a watch that sets itself apart from the rest in the sense that it is a quasi-perfect replica of a vintage piece.
While identical in looks with its military elder, the 2006 PAM 249 is of course substantially different with its modernized design.
The wire loop strap attachments are no longer soldered on the case, but screwed in instead, making it easier to change straps, something the Paneristi fans are fond of.
The Radiomir which were the first water-resistant and luminescent Panerai Radiomir California copy watches on the market, were at the time reserved for the divers of the Italian navy in charge of sinking Allied boats in the harbors of the Mediterranean. Indeed, the 2006 PAM 249 is the spitting image of the first Radiomir created by Officine Panerai at the end of the 1930’s.
The finish on this Panerai 249’s dial is excellent.
It is the first time that the Firenze company is using a Luminova with an off-white color reminiscent of the color of tritium patinated by time.
Similarly, the Rolex movement (on a Cortebert basis) has been replaced by a classic Unitas…That’s a shame!
Let’s note nevertheless that the bridges on the Unitas “OP X” have been redesigned to look more like the original ones on the Cortebert.
The Panerai PAM 249 is a piece that really sets itself apart. Indeed, following the example of the “concept car” automobiles, it created the basis for many of the design elements that have progressively become a general standard in mass production.
Among the vintage characteristics preserved from its older sibling, the PAM 249 has of course kept the California dial.
It’s distinctive feature is its Roman numerals from 9 to 3 o’clock, and its Arabic numerals from 3 to 9 o’clock.
The origin of this design is rather nebulous. It was evidently first used by Rolex on some pocket watches before it was taken over again by Panerai copy watch UK.