Sunday, September 16, 2012

Luminor Panerai Reference: PAM00372

Love At First Sight On Waikiki Beach

Luminor Panerai
Reference: PAM00372

I have an interesting story to share with you about the first time I ever saw a Panerai PAM 372 in person. In August of 2012, I was on vacation with my girlfriend in Honolulu, Hawaii. I took this first photo as we flew into Honolulu, and you can see Diamond Head on the far right edge of the photo.

I took the next photo below, of Waikiki Beach when the waves were really mellow.

Waikiki Beach is the a magical place and it is the home of the Surfing, where the original Beach Boys created and mastered the sport of Surfing. I took this first photo of Waikiki Beach from our Hotel Room, and you can see all the surfers in the water.

I took the next photo below of Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head in the background, after we noticed this amazing rainbow which was really beautiful.

My girlfriend and I just happened to walk by an authorized Panerai dealership, and walked in to take a look around. This was the very first time I ever saw the Panerai Luminor PAM372 in person, and it took my breath away!!! I had never seen anything like it before, and of course I decided to snap some photos of it, which you can see here. At the time, I had no idea that a year later I would own a PAM372, and be madly in love with it!!!

The PAM00372 is 47mm, and it has a plexiglass crystal and is almost an exact duplicate of the original Panerai Reference 6152. It even has a dial with a beautiful antique-like patina. The Panerai PAM 372 is hand wound and Panerai revealed it would produce 3500 of them in 2012. The watch has been very popular for obvious reasons. In comes in the 1950 case with an in-house Panerai 3 Days movement.

Since this model has a vintage looking plexiglass crystal, if it gets scratched, you can easily remove it with a cape cod cloth or with Polywatch, or Brasso, or silver cleaner.

I think the Panerai PAM00372 on some level will always remind me of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, since that was the first time I ever saw it in person and tried it on.  There was something about the 372 that was just so authentic, zen-like and beautiful, just like Hawaii. I will leave you with one more fascinating photo I took on Waikiki beach, which I think is beautiful and reflects the paradise it is. Click on the image to see more detail.

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