For many people, the quintessential modern Panerai is the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328 replica watch. This 44mm-wide case is what most people picture when they think of Panerai with is distinctive locking crown-guard system and chunky style.
The simple angular Y-shaped links used to make the bracelet are attractive and make for a pleasant pairing to the minimalist yet industrial look of the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 copy watch case. While that earlier bracelet design is also cool, I think this more modern approach is a bit more successful and fitting with the overall character and theme of what most people appreciate about that core Panerai DNA and sense of design. There was an earlier Panerai bracelet design that tried to match the curvature of the Panerai bezel a bit more into the design of the links.
While Panerai does offer a (small) degree of variety among the various dials it pairs with the Luminor 1950, each has that iconic, minimalist, legible look that the brand is so admired for continuing after all these years. So what makes this particular Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328 watch different is that it comes not on a strap, but on a matching steel bracelet.
With the bracelet, the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328 is a good looking watch that offers just enough distinctiveness to make it more than just another Panerai. Though, you should make sure it suits your wrist properly. Of course, there are the many (many) other Luminor Marina 1950 watch models that come on straps.
So why do I mention all this in regard to the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328? Well, the fit was pretty good, but not quite good enough. I found the bracelet to be either a bit too big or too small when I adjusted it. Panerai does include half-links which allow for a more precise fit. This is a good thing, but I craved an additional level of micro-adjusting to get the perfect fit. I’ve worn larger, heavier watches than this Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328 and had a wonderful and comfortable experience, but I’ve also worn smaller watches with a less satisfying experience. In situations like this, I simply say to people that if they are interested in a watch like this they should try it on and see how the fit is before committing.
Among collectors and aficionados, Panerai is further popular because most of their watches look good on any number of straps. Not all timepieces can pull this off, as they look good on just one or a few color options. Having said that, I’ve long since been curious about wearing a Panerai on the few available metal bracelets they offer. Not only are the bracelets usually cool looking, but they add an entirely new character (very much a modern character) to these classic dive watch designs. So with that in mind, I started my time checking out the steel bracelet Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328 watch that comes standard on one of Panerai’s rare bracelets.