This calibre is another success in the long line of technological achievements of the Neuchatel brand when it comes to designing and developing its calibres. The P.2004 calibre is, in fact, the first chronograph movement created entirely by Panerai. A complete movement that offers the simple time measurement tools (hours and minutes) but adds complicated features like the small seconds, GMT, the 8 days power reserve linear indicator and the seconds reset. And on top of all these, it is also a single button chronograph.
This hand-wound mechanical movement has 13 3/4 lignes, 29 jewels and it’s 8.2 mm thick. It counts 321 components in total and it works with a frequency of 28,800 alternations/hour fitted with a regulating screw.
As a successor of the P.2003 calibre, all the features are kept. The second time zone with the day/night indicator (a little window from the small seconds dial turns from white into black, making the difference between AM/PM time zone), the amount of running time remaining showed by the linear indicator on the dial, the zeroing of the seconds hand in order to synchronize the watch- you just need to pull the winding crown and the small seconds hand returns to zero and stops. But the best part is the chronograph function, that has a cool particularity of having just one push-piece (located, at the level of the dial, at 8 o’clock position) instead of two, like most chronograph have. This push-piece, when pressed in sequence, starts/stops and zeroes the central hand with great precision due to the column wheel. This chronograph function does the job through a friction clutch, an important detail that forbids the movement of the hand to be unsteady. The minute counter moves instantaneously by clicking from one position to the next on the 60th second of each minute.
All the functions along with the 8 days power reserve are possible through three superimposed spring barrels that sore lots of energy.
The design of this movement is cut out for all the functions provided: chamfered and polished angles, large brushed plates, mirror-polished screws, separate bridges.
The P.2004 has the P.2004/10 as a variation, executing the same functions but with a more sophisticated look in therms of finishing, as the three-quarter plate and barrel are skeletonised.
The P.2004 calibre is obviously equipped with Glucydur balance and a Parechoc anti-shock device and it also provides a water resistance up to 100 m.
Large calibre also means large cases, so the P.2004 can be found inside the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante GMT & 8 Days models in all variations (including the Left-Handed one), with a diameter ranging from 44 mm to 47 mm.
Aiming constantly to expand the range of their in-house produced calibres, Officine Panerai`s offers a unique high-tech approach that, blended with their signature case design, is providing original and valuable luxury wrist watches.
This is, in fact, the first automatic movement developed entirely by Officine Panerai, as this brand continues to innovate and improve the, buy now, rather big panoply of self designed and manufactured calibres.
It is the descendant of the P.2002 calibre, inheriting all its functions but taking one step further and providing a 10 days power reserve, displayed on the dial by a linear indicator. So this essential technical feature was improved up to the amazing 10 days level, possible due to the three mains-spring barrels that accumulate 240 h of power when fully wound. Two of the spring barrels are positioned one on top of the other and the third one is linked to the other two through a gear train. This way, the remaining power can be indicated on the graduate scale. The winding is automatic and bi-directional.
Beside the basic function of simple time measurement (hours and minutes), the GMT function becomes handy for those who are traveling a lot. A second central-mounted hand assures GMT reading in a 24 hours format and the seconds sub-dial has a AM/PM indicator in order to eliminate any possible confusion.
The seconds reset is a beautiful feature that engages a complicated mechanism of levers, heart-shaped cam and some blades in order to stop the small seconds hand and reset it to zero.
Another unique and useful offering is the fact that this calibre lets you switch the hour in a 1 h jumps forward or backwards (the quick hour-hand correction feature) without moving the minute hand. The date will adjust automatically.
All the structural parts of this mechanism have polished screws and edges while the oscillating weight also bears the logo of the brand.
With its 13 3/4 lignes 25 jewels and 8 mm thickness, this is a large calibre. In total it counts 281 components and you will find it in all the variations of the Radiomir 10 Days GMT Automatic models and in the Luminor 1950 10 Days Automatic GMT ones, all big case watches, ranging from 44mm up to 47 mm. And although you may expect that all the features provided by this calibre would have as a result a rather busy dial, you will be surprised in the most pleasant way to observe that the dials have a clear design in order to give a friendly experience to the users.
The P.2003 calibre also has a variation in the form of the P.2003/10 calibre, slightly different, counting 293 parts and offering a higher level of skeletonization on the oscillating weight, bridges and barrels. The finishing on this calibre is truly exceptional and can be compared to the one that you can find at watches from Audemars Piguet or Vacheron Constantin. The P.2003/10 calibre is the beating heart of the model Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso.
Calibre`s P.2003 features and complications are the proof that the company’s portfolio is getting more and more divers, as Officine Panerai wish to offer to its customers a cutting-edge technology completely developed in its high-standard obeying laboratories.
When Officine Panerai has started to pursuit the need to entail a complete overhaul it wasn’t about making little changes, modifying small details or proceeding to make some additions. The desire to become a true manufacturer was translated through the creation of their own entirely in-house developed movement. And it all started with the calibre P.2002, as the first calibre signed by the Neuchatel manufacture, that has proved to be the delight of the Paneristi, being the result of the now famous know-how of the brand.
You can call it a multipurpose mechanism, as it is a hand-wound calibre that delivers accurate time measurement (hours, minutes) and has multiple features like small seconds, date, GMT, 24h indicator, a power reserve indicator and a second reset mechanism.
In order to provide all these functions, it works with 21 jewels and has a total of 247 components. It’s a large movement with a diameter of 13 3/4 lines (31mm) and a thickness of 6.6 mm.
A stunning 8 days power reserve is translated, at the level of the dial, by a linear indicator. Three spring barrels positioned in series can be hand-wounded through the winding crown. When fully wound at 8 days there are less fluctuations in accuracy, another benefit being the fact that winding it up every 7-8 days means insignificant wear on the components.
The GMT function can be read due to a specific hand on the dial that shows the time in the place of departure. The winding crown does the job of setting the second time zone. It has three positions and the intermediate one adjust the local time while the date indicator updates automatically. When the crown is pulled out to its furthest position, the hands of the watch show you the local time and the central hour hand of the second time (a bit shorter then the main local hour hand, in order to differentiate itself) also moves so you can see the difference between your local time and the time in the departure place. And to make sure there isn’t any confusion, the watches bearing this mechanism have a AM/PM indicator informing you about the GMT over 24 hours.
This position of the winding crown also engages the zero reset device, moving to zero the seconds hand of the small sub-dial so you can synchronize the watch with a reference time signal.
Another strong point of this calibre is its resistance to shock, because the balance-cock is fitted with two supports, unlike most ETA automatic movements. The Glucydur balance and the KIF Parechoc anti-shock device are also assuring that time delivery is made without any external interfering.
And with a water resistance up to 100 meters, we can see why this calibre is a true masterpiece that keeps alive large case models such as the 44mm Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT (Oro Rosso, Platinum, acciaio,or the Left-Handed versions) the 47mm Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni or the impressive Egiziano, with a case diameter of 60mm.
The P.9100 is an automatic calibre with chronograph functions created by Officine Panerai, masterfully constructed in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. Released for the first time in 2013, it is one of the most performant automatic calibres on the time pieces market. As per all of the manufactured products of Panerai, the P.9100 calibre is crafted using only the best materials available to watch makers nowadays, and provides craftsmanship that is unrivaled, guaranteeing the highest quality and reliability and confirming once again the values the Panerai company stands for.
There range of Panerai watches that feature this movement is quite comprehensive, including the following models:
- Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanium (PAM00615)
- Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanium (PAM00614)
- Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Ceramica (PAM00580)
- Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM00525)
- Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Acciaio (PAM00524)
The most notable and appealing feature of this Swiss watch movement is undoubtedly the chronograph function. Featuring a column wheel and a vertical clutch, the P.9100 does have a unique feature in its chronograph function in that the central hand is used to display the minutes of the chronograph, with the hand moving once for each single minute, allowing for an entire 60 minutes worth of recording using this special function.
Not only that, but the chronograph is paired with a fly back function as well. This special feature of the P.9100 allows the user to set back the hands of the chronograph instantly to zero and automatically restart it, without first having to stop it, set it to zero, and then restart it all manually. A simple push button located at 8 o’clock controls this function, along with resetting the chronograph hands when it has stopped moving previously.
It is a nice feature that really finishes off the overall chronograph functioning, one of the big allures of this movement.
Measuring in at 13 ¾ lignes (31 mm) in diameter, the P.9100 is 8.15 mm thick and is made up of 302 components, as well as 37 jewels. With two spring barrels in series, the calibre has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours – this is because of the ability to use thinner springs, which creates and even supply of energy for the duration of time.
The P.9100 also features automatic winding, which is achieved through the directional rotor that is on ball bearings and operates two arms terminating with hooks. This allows the springs of the two barrels to be wound with each movement that the rotor makes.
The Glucydur balance wheel oscillates at 28,000 vibrations per hour, the equivalent of 4 Hz, which is supported by single bridge with a KIF Parechoc anti-shock device. This guarantees the time piece’s durability, making it possible for the wearer to use this watch in the most endurable conditions of weather and activity without any problem and sign of wear.
The collection making the most of this Panerai calibre is, undoubtedly, the above-mentioned Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono launched in 2015 at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. The two Automatic Titanium models are fitted inside solid titanium cases of 47mm in diameter, which is exquisitely engraved with the S.L.C. motif. They have a sturdy aspect, making reference to military values and symbols, while maintaining the Panerai classical look and high precision features. The underwater model of the same collection features a resistance to water pressure of 300 meters.
The P.3001 is a hand-wound caliber designed and produced in-house by Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. Fully developed and manufactured in-house, the caliber is not only very durable, but also extremely accurate. Actually, these Swiss movements are some of the most accurate and best performing on the time pieces market, representing a clear indicator of the quality craftsmanship that is a trademark of the manufacturing company Panerai.
Taking after a previous caliber movement – the Angelus – the P.3001 has a size of 16 1/2 lignes, and suited in a large case. The size of the movement is not without a reason: it helps with technical features that are highly appreciated by users such as accuracy and durability. A bolder size also means better visibility. The P. 3001 presents several features that are similar to the Angelus caliber 240. One of them refers to the going train placed beneath a single bridge, while the mainspring and winding mechanism are covered by a second bridge. There are, however, some differences, too. For instance, the P.3001 replaces the balance cock with a sturdy balance bridge, and features a power reserve indication that can be located on the barrel bridge.
The two main watch models to have featured the P.3001 movement until present day is the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Acciaio (PAM00422) and the Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso (PAM00421).
A throwback to some of the iconic pieces created by Panerai, the P.3001 features the hallmarks of a classic Panerai watch with all the appealing characteristics of a modern piece, being robust and achieving the highest time measuring precision.
Being hand-wound and rather large in size, the P.3001 truly feels like a vintage pocket watch, and epitomizes the class and sophistication such a device can offer. It has only two hands – one for hours and for minutes, along with a smaller hand for seconds. There is no date aperture feature, providing a simple yet sophisticated watch movement when used with a PAM422.
Using the P.3001 with the PAM421 results in the watch having additional features, most notable a date function and GMT functioning as well. A power reserve indicator can be found at the back case of the movement. When the caliber P.3001 is used for the PAM421, a date and GMT function will also be present.
The second hand can also be automatically reset back to zero, which is an appealing functionality for all those who enjoy perfect synchronization of the time. Combined with the ability to move the hour hand entirely separately from the minute hand, the P.3001 provides complete control of time setting, which is useful for those who travel throughout different time zones.
Think of this caliber as the perfect everyday piece. It is highly durable and very reliable thanks to its impressive shock absorbers, showcasing its ability to withstand the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Be it commuting to work or going for a casual stroll, the P.3001 is designed to handle anything you might throw at it. No need to remember to take your watch off when going to the gym or undergoing various harsh circumstances that might damage a valuable time piece.
The movement measures in at 16 ½ and is 6.3mm thick, another example of the larger size of this piece which highlights the aesthetic appeal of its vintage design. It contains 21 jewels, with two spring barrels that are connect in series. It is made up of a total of 207 components, and features a Glucydur balance and Incablock anti-shock device. The 21,600 alterations per hour equate to roughly 3 Hz.
The P.9003 automatic calibre is one of the latest lines produced by Panerai. The model was first released in the year 2014. It was specifically created for use with the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H and its technical specifications suit this watch model’s design. The calibre itself was originally developed around the P.9001 and comes with quite a few notable features that set it apart from this original design concept.
The first and most prominent of these is the GMT 24 hour function, as well as the second time zone indicator, which is on the outermost edge of the dial and featured automatic in-house movement. This GMT function allows for time to be indicated over the 24 hour time rather than the traditional 12 hours. This feature is rather interesting as most luxury watches have a 12 hours dial approach.
The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT 24H featuring a P.9003 calibre can therefore be used by wearers to help determine the time of a different time zone from the one they are currently in, a perfect addition for the traveling watch wearer. The independent hand that displays this time is the large hand that features a large arrow design. This dial will make one single rotation during 24 hours.
Another feature is that of the power reserve indicator on the back, which has been designed in a circular fashion and allows for a clear view of the indicator. This is protected by the transparent sapphire crystal of the case back, and measures at 2.6mm thick.
When it comes to the power reserve specifications, the P.9003 calibre movement features a reserve that can last up to three days, which is accomplished by connecting two spring barrels in series. This comes to underline values like robustness and durability the brand stands for.
The dial features an interesting black colour and nicely designed Arabic numerals along with hour markers, both of which are luminous – this provides a clear view of the dials even when the lighting conditions are not the greatest. The date function is situated at 3 o’clock and connected to the hour hand of the watch, with seconds being indicated at 9 o’clock. There is also a device that allows for seconds to be reset, allowing for a perfect synchronising when used with a reference time signal.
When regulating the time, the hour hand is able to be moved entirely on its own as well as increments of one single hour. This allows for adjustments to be made that do not interfere with either of the minute or seconds hands. This way, you will be able to make small adjustments, if needed, in no time.
The automatic mechanical P.9003 calibre features a diameter that is 13 ¾ lignes and its thickness measures to 7.9mm. With 28 jewels present in the movement, it is built using a total of 233 components.
With the balance wheel oscillating on a frequency that is 4Hz, the alternations per hour clocks in at 28,000. There is also an Incablor® anti-shock device present, along with Glucydur® balance. These features are meant to provide the movement with a high level of resistance to various external factors so that it can be used within the most unfavourable circumstances. The watch is also water resistant to 30 bars (300m), so it can be worn while taking a swim, but it does not make the appropriate accessory for a deep sea dive.
The Swiss company Panerai is well known for their high precision in-house movements, but they were also famous all over the world for taking third part movements with the intention of re-purposing them for their own collections and models, much like many of the other high end watchmakers do.
One such calibre is the OP XI, which was initially produced by ETC/Unitas in the form of the ETA 6497/2 hand-wind movement. Panerai proceeded to take this movement and make a selection of modifications that resulted in the series of calibres known nowadays within the watch making industry as OP XI, which while being inspired and based on by the 6497/2, is its own movement all together.
The OP XI is actually not the first movement from a third party that Panerai has developed for their own collection of wristwatches. In fact, there are several other manufacturers that have followed the same strategy, taking the 6497 movements (of which the 6497/2 belongs to) for their own collections, thanks to the reliability of these manual movements.
There is a wide selection of Panerai wristwatches that use the OP XI movement, most of these being a variation of the Luminor Marina collection. Notable models include the PAM 111, PAM 113, and PAM 177 Luminor Marina models. There are also two Radiomir Black Seal variations using this movement too, those being the PAM183 and the PAM 292 models.
All of them are very popular watch models appreciated by time measurement pieces lovers and collectors from all around the world. The Luminor Marina watches were the first Panerai time pieces made available to the general public, prior to the year 1993 when the collection was launched the Panerai products had been restricted to the use of military forces only. The same collection includes the custom made Slytech Panerai ordered by Sylvester Stallone and worn by the actor in the movie Daylight. Arnold Schwarzenegger also worn a similar watch in the movie Eraser, this way boosting the time pieces collection’s popularity even further.
An exclusive calibre to Panerai, the OP XI calibre measures a total of 16 ½ lignes, so when fitted into a case it stays true to the traditionally over-sized style that the Swiss brand is renowned for. The parts within the calibre feature 17 jewels in total, along with a Glucydur® balance (with a Nivarox® I spring) and Incabloc® anti-shock device, which helps to provide a high class protection for the calibre.
These are hallmarks of many of Panerai’s in-house calibres too, showcasing the unique modifications that make the OP XI such a high quality, modified movement. They truly feature that Panerai allure of quality and durability – values that stand at the heart of the watch producing company, hence the on-going popularity for calibres such as the OP XI.
The calibre makes a total of 21,600 alterations per hour and features a Swan’s neck regulator. A power reserve of up to 56 hours is also featured in the movement, which is gorgeously adorned with a Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges, another personalized touch added by Panerai that makes this calibre so pupular.
As the OP XI has been tested and certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), there is no question that this movement has been held to the highest testing standards for Swiss wristwatches, ensuring that accuracy and precision of this movement is a good and well deserved fitting of the highly esteemed watch manufacturing brand Panerai. This calibre will probably feature some other future models by the brand, proving its full qualities.
Sylvester Stallone isn’t just a very muscular celebrity; he is an iconic actor in the movie industry. Talented and intelligent, this connoisseur of art, literature and theater is also a fan of luxury timepieces. He loves everything about watches- from collecting and advertising to wearing and creating them. His passion doesn’t target expensive brands, but comfortable, reliable and practical pieces that offer a distinctive look and functionality.
The movie star owns numerous models from many different brands, but one watch company in particular resonates strongly in his collection. This is Officine Panerai. Sylvester Stallone’s and Panerai story started back in 1993, shortly after the company made its comeback on the market. The actor was visiting Italy and by accident he walked into the brand’s shop from Florence. He then realized that these are no ordinary watches, but very unique designs with a fierce personality.
Panerai watches are well-known for being produced in extremely limited quantities. This detail and their military inspired design are the two main things that sky-rocketed the brand’s fame. Of course, the fact that Sylvester decided to wear a Panerai Luminor Marina Submersible chronometer in his 1995 “Daylight” thriller also helped re-establish the company as a significant player on the market of luxury watches. The model was a perfect fit for Sylvester’s character. With the purpose of taking advantage of this promotional opportunity, in 1995, Panerai decided to release a limited edition collection dedicated to Stallone. The name of this series was Slytech. Fans will surely remember that Sly is the actor’s nickname.
This was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship between Sylvester and Officine Panerai. In 2008, the star wears a Panerai Marina Base PVD on the set of “Rambo IV”. This oversized black case and black strap watch looks amazing on the wrist of John Rambo while he explores, runs and fights around the dangerous jungle.
The peak of this friendly collaboration is reached when the first “The Expendables” movie is shot. Stallone was the writer, director and producer and he decided that all the main characters are going to be filmed wearing a Panerai watch. If you watch the movie carefully you will notice a few close-ups of the timepieces. Sly’s passion for the brand is passed on to his colleagues Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Terry Crew who have been also spotted wearing Panerai watches in real life.
As expected, the story repeats itself with the second part of “The Expendables” which was released in 2010. Sylvester and his team of “bad guys” were filmed wearing Officine Panerai watches on their wrist. Surprise, surprise, the same thing happens in the third part of the movie. Of course, the fact that the actor has been seen wearing these timepieces in so many movies and at countless events represents a very important factor in the brand’s return on the market of luxury watches. Its new identity is defined by exclusivity, innovation and modern functionality.
Between Sylvester Stallone and Officine Panerai there is a very strong friendship based on the fact that both the actor and the watch company have a smart, bold and original look that is incredibly appealing for those with a taste for adventure and performances.