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WATCH REVIEW Panerai Radiomir 42 mm PAM 338

Editor's opinion
73 / 100
The historical Panerai collection has enriched itself in 2010 with 3 new 42 mm Radiomir. Very expected by the Paneristis, they would be able to conquer a much larger public. Review of the PAM 338.
Straight to the Point

Panerai Radiomir 42mm PAM 338

Ref.: PAM 338
$5,400.00 US retail price October 17th, 2010
Pros
  • its dimension and its weight
  • its multitask side and its elegance
  • its legibilty
Cons
  • the absence of accurate setting on the spiral
  • the finishing of the movement
Brand Panerai
Model name
Radiomir 42mm PAM 338
Reference
PAM 338
Case material
Titanium
Case diameter (without crown)
42 mm x 42 mm
Case diameter (crown included)
42 mm x 45,90 mm
Caliber
P.999/1
Base Caliber
Manufacture
Functions
Hour
Minute
Second
Crystal
Single-face crystal with anti-reflective coating
Power reserve
60h
Transparent back
Yes
Lug width
24 mm
Length from lug to lug
45,45 mm
Case thickness
11,62 mm
Strap material
Alligator
Clasp type
Pin buckle
Clasp material
Steel
Total weight
70 grammes
Retail price USA at October 17th, 2010
$5,400.00
Comfort (/15) 14
Movement (/20) 10.5
Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 3
Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 5
Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horlogical awards (/3) 0
Power reserve (/2) 1
Complications (/5) 1.5
Finishing (/20) 14
Dial finishing (/6) 4.5
Case finishing (/6) 5
Quality of garnishment / caseback engraving quality (/2) 1.5
Crystal quality (/4) 2
Clasp finishing (inner and extern) (/2) 1
Functionality (/20) 15.5
Diurnal legibility (/5) 4.5
Night legibility (/4) 4
Water resistance (/3) 1
Strap : ease of size adjustment + ease of substitution (/4) 2
Clasp : quality and safety (/4) 4
Additional items (/10) 5
Limited edition (/3) 0
Watch delivered with several straps (/2) 0
Quality of the watch box (/1) 1
Portability with shirtsleeves buttoned (/2) 2
Goodies included (/1) 1
Understandability of the brochure (/1) 1
Value for money (/15) 14
When to wear it ? For a representation of a play at the Scala of Milan
Users opinion
80%
like this watch
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A sober and elegant Panerai Radiomir

The design of the Radiomir is known to be the smartest and the finest of the Firenze’s brand.

In the case of this Panerai PAM 338, everything is conceived to respect the historical range, while making it more discreet than its elders.
Indeed, the original design is integrally respected: cushion-shaped case, sandwich dial with a little second at 9 o’clock, acronymic crown and wire loop strap attachments.

What is interesting and even troubling, is to see to which point the dimensions of this model make it different from the other Radiomir.
The case measures 42 mm diameter over 11.62 mm thickness and is very fitting with a suit.
Which is quite rare with Panerai…
The gilded hands as well as the black crocodile strap emphasize the impression of elegance.

Around the wrist, you will appreciate the use of titanium.
The watch seems light and is very comfortable to wear. Indeed, this PAM 338 only weighs 70 grams, a featherweight watch in the Panerai catalogue!
As for the finishing is successful: circular-brushed case and polished bezel, underlining thus the dial.

 

A versatile luxury watch

Even portrayed as a smart watch, this PAM 338 keeps the perks of a Radiomir.

Its waterproofness up to 100 m and the easiness to change the strap allow however to think that this Panerai is able to travel far further than the back and forth home-office and that it will be able to put forward its multitask side.

For instance, a rubber strap will make it comfortable at sea or a rougher leather strap will transform it into a more sports watch.

As always with the Radiomir, all the ingredients are gathered in order to make it as legible as possible: large openness of the dial, polished and gilded hands, black matt sandwich dial and the meticulous application of Luminova.

In every condition, the contrast between the hands, the markers and the dial is deeply marked.

The movement: Cal. Panerai P.999/1

How did Panerai motorize this “little” Radiomir?

Thanks to the new manufacture caliber, the P.999/1.
It is a 3 mm thick caliber over a 27.4 mm diameter.
Produced on a common basis with the 838P (that equips in particular the Altiplano) by Piaget, known for its thin calibers, Panerai takes thus advantage of the synergies within Richemont.

As always with the Radiomir range, all the ingredients are gathered in order to make it as legible as possible.

Its technical characteristics make it familiar with its cousin, with a 60-hour power reserve in spite of its thinness, 21,600 alternations per hour, shockproof, but no accurate setting.

The main difference lies in a quite original plate cuts.
Moreover, each movement is identified and numbered.

As for the other movements newly released by Panerai, the finishing is brushed.
It gives a sports impression – which might seem a little bit inappropriate in a “smart” model like this one.

However, the finishing is well realized.
But the movement of this smart Panerai would have deserved a little more “attention”. As for instance some “Côtes de Genève” or some chamfering.

What to remember

For Panerai, the models often distinguish themselves from the details.
Regarding the Radiomir PAM 338, they take the same direction: elegance and soberness.
In the same capacity as the Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT (PAM 233), this new Radiomir has all the qualities to attract a new public to the Firenze brand.

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