Friday, September 13, 2013

...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day... Jakey's Luminor Panerai 372

...Rolex Wrist Shot Of The Day...

Jakey's Luminor Panerai 372
On a Panerai Assolutamente 26/26 OEM Strap

Jakey lives in the Philippines and he took this superb wrist shot of his Panerai Luminor PAM00372 on a Radiomir Assolutamente OEM Panerai strap. Jakey mentioned he has 6 inch wrists, which at first may seem surprising, but that is really part of the magic of the PAM 372, is that since it has a completely flat, low-profile back, when it sits on your wrist, it's like it becomes part of your wrist. 

Also notice Jakey is sporting his 372 on his right wrist which gives it a Steve McQueen "King Of Cool" kind of vibe, and also notice how well the tan lume plays off the matching tan corduroy jeans. What a great wrist shot, and I can never seen to get enough of the PAM372. 

The Assolutamente strap pictured above does not come with the PAM372, but it is made by Panerai, and I think it is slightly padded. I have to get one of these Assolutamente staps, so I can write a review on it. So Awesome!!!! Talk about a blast from the past!!! I can't believe this watch was originally designed almost identically to this in the mid 1950s!!!!

The Assolutamente strap comes standard on the Panerai PAM00422 (pictured below), as well as on the PAM00423, but it does not come standard on the PAM00372, but as you can see in the photo above it looks great on a 372, which in many ways look much likes its 422 sibling pictured below.

For the sake of clarity, and to put things into accurate perspective, I took this screen grab below from the HISTORIC LUMINOR 1950 microsite. It shows Three HISTORIC LUMINOR 1950 watch models side by side. The first, of course, is the Panerai PAM00372, which is pictured at the top of this article on Jakey's wrist. In my mind, the 372–as it is commonly referred to –best represents and showcases the core-essensce of the beautifully simple and timeless Panerai design language. 

The PAM00422 and PAM00423 are also pictured below and while the are both magnificent in their own right, they lack the "Base" simplicity of the PAM00372, yet both come standard on the Assolutamente strap, which offers a completely different look than the standard Ranger strap that comes on the 372. 

So basically, Jakey purchased an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Panerai Assolutamente strap, available only from Panerai, and put it on his 372 to give it a different vibe, which is stunning. 

That is really kind of the beauty of so many Panerai watches, is that you can change the strap easily, and all of a sudden you have what appears to be an almost completely different watch. Often times, changing the color of your strap would be like seeing a beautiful women transform from being brunnete, to blonde, to a redhead, to dark black hair, from straight to wavy hair–you get the idea ;-)

The photo below of the Panerai Radiomir Assolutamente OEM 26/26 strap is from The Assolutamente is made from fine calfskin, and is very soft and natural feeling, since it is almost untreated. The beauty of these OEM Panerai straps, is that over time, they develop a beautiful patina.

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