Panerai Replica was different. The watches were big, bold, and had an air of quality. Even the boxes, made of pear wood, looked incredible. Whether it was a Luminor or a Radiomir, those simpler models in steel were, ironically, like gold dust. I was so focused on the basic Luminor models that I overlooked the brand’s true diver, the Perfect Replica Submersible.
You see, models like the Radiomir, Luminor, and Luminor Marina picked up most of the love. Ok, the Fake Radiomir Watches not as much, but the other two defined the simple looks that most people wanted out of a Panerai.
One might say that the Best Replica Luminor Submersible was the brand’s first clean sheet design, but that’s not entirely accurate. I’m no Paneristi, but I can find two watches that could claim to have a twinkle in their eyes.
I like these early Subs because of their polished cases and bezels. But what I like most is the use of tritium. This must be one of the last years for the mildly radioactive substance, but it translates into some nice aging over time.
It’s missing a proper dive strap, but I’ve never really liked the OEM rubber or velcro bits. And no moaning about wearing leather on a diver. It’s a Fake Panerai after all!
Named EcoPangaea steel, the material is recycled from the discarded drive shaft of Pangaea, the Panerai Replica 35 m sailboat owned by South African conservationist and explorer Mike Horn.
The PAM 1108 is powered by the P.2005/T, a movement Perfect Panerai Replica has used on several other skeleton-tourbillon watches. Hand-wound with a six-day power reserve, the P.2005/T incorporates a second time zone function with a central GMT hand, as well as the novel tourbillon at 10 o’clock.
Unlike conventional tourbillons that rotate on the same plane as the dial, with the balance wheel oscillating the same axis of rotation, the Fake Paneraitourbillon rotates perpendicular to the dial, like a barbecue spit, and at high speed, making one revolution every 30 seconds.
All three new Perfect Replica Watches use a 44-mm traditional Luminor case, thick on the wrist at 15.65 mm and featuring the series’ distinctive, patented crown guard. The cases available are one in sandblasted titanium, one in Carbotech, and one in the new Fibratech material, which is constructed from “natural and sustainable eco-fibers” and uses basalt rock as its base material.
The Panerai Replica titanium PAM01117 model opts for a blue sunray dial, while the two other references use a gray sunburst style; all the dial feature the brand’s distinctive sandwich construction, with Arabic numerals at three of the quarter hours broken up by tick markers and a 3 o’clock date window. Toward the 9 o’clock position is a subtle seconds counter, while passing over the dial are two long, sword-style hands.
Highlighting all three designs is the new array of luminous accents — with the crown guard and crown proper both featuring the glow-in-the-dark material, as well as the dial and its outer surrounding ring. Each of the models also features the unconventional detail of luminous threading on their blue-and-blackFake Panerai Sportech straps.
Each of the new watches is powered by the automatic, in-house P.9010 Calibre, capable of a 72-hour power reserve. The movement is protected by a solid caseback engraved with the words “70 Years Warranty,” which both honors the 70-year anniversary, and guarantees the working order of the Panerai Replicawatches for a quite literal, and impressive, seventy years. All of the models boast a 300-meter water resistance.
Together, the three new watches channel the technological forward thinking that Best Copy Panerai has taken on over the past several years. Opting for new and uncommon case materials, and further for ultra-bright lume on the dial, case, and strap, Panerai is obviously making a statement with its 2020 celebration of the Luminor, which first lit up wrists in the dark over half a century ago.