If you were to name a brand with a rich history in making professional watches, odds are that Officine Panerai will be the first on your list.
Designed around the concept of the official timekeeper of the Italian Navy, this piece provides a 3 days power reserve, small seconds and GMT, with a convenient automatic winding, a fact that makes it less expensive than, let`s say, Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT. A useful information if we think about the fact that the P9001 calibre that beats at the core of the watch ( manufactured in-house) is able to provide, in fact, all the functions that the 10 Days GMT has to offer, minus the extensive power reserve.
The 44 mm case is made from AISI 316L brushed steel and is matched with a polished steel bezel. The device protecting the crown is also made from steel. This one opens easily and the functions setting become an enjoyable task. When you pull the crown out into the first position you can wound the mainspring. Into its second position, the crown let you set the hour hand for the local time and the third position will set the seconds hand of the subdial to zero, and you can go for resetting the hours and minutes.
On the rather minimalistic black dial, the apertures for the numeral and indices of the hours are carved in the lower layer of this sandwich shape case and are all luminescent. The second time zone, the hour hand and the big indices of the small seconds are also covered in Super Luminova, the legibility by night being a strong point of the collection. The hands are pointed so they can achieve an easy and fast readability.
Positioned at three o`clock, the date window is big enough without magnifying lens and has a slightly beige color. The 3 Days power reserve uses a small disk rotating under a window. It turns red after the energy of the watch is exhausted.
The visuals are wonderful, paying a dignifying homage to the original model and the desire to build a friendly watch is spotted in every detail. This is also the reason for which the power reserve is positioned on the back.
Another useful feature of this model is the ability to return to zero the seconds hand, by maneuvering the crown into the hand setting position, a movement that you will enjoy and that offers you the possibility to be the powerful master of your watch.
It has a 300 m water resistance and a see-through sapphire crystal case back.
No matter from where you look at it, the impeccable crafting will strike you.
In the completion of the case comes a stainless steel bracelet that you can change it yourself for a leather or a rubber one, due to a special tool that presses a button on each lug, pushing out the crosspiece.
It manages to embrace the wrist in a way that you will not feel its weight and it will reflect your masculinity, keeping track of your time with precision and exhaling a vintage air that you`ll find irresistible.