2020 is the year of Luminor and there is a new Luminor Marina in the family. it has a blue color, which is undoubtedly one of the most popular colors in watchmaking. It should be noted that this is not Panerai’s first blue dial. The brand already has a large number of Luminor and Radiomir watches with blue dials. But there’s a lot more going on with the new Luminor Marina 44mm PAM01313, making it one of Paneristis’ most talked about watches in a long time.
In many ways, the new Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm PAM01313 Blue Dial Watch PAM01313 is the foundation of the brand. It’s a simple and practical tool watch. This 44mm case features the classic lines of the Panerai Luminor 1950 case, with a satin-brushed finish and polished bezel. It has 24mm lugs and Panerai’s quick-release strap change system. The sturdy screw-down caseback is water-resistant to 300 meters.
The dial is where most of the magic happens. The highlight is obviously the color, which is a bright satin blue. Most importantly, it has a more conventional or more controversial white luminescence. As you will see, for Panerai’s recent releases, there has been a general dissatisfaction that they have an artificial, old-fashioned luminescent material. Some call it “fautina” while Panerai calls it “ecru”; in any case, the idea is to replicate the look of the luminescent markers found in vintage watches. As much as I like it, I can understand why some would find it phony.
The rest of the dial is classic Panerai. Since it’s a replica Panerai watches, 9 o’clock is only a few seconds away. The well-balanced date window can be balanced at 3 o’clock. The dial shows “Luminor Marina” at 12 o’clock and “Panerai Automatic” at 6 o’clock. In most cases, this would be considered a fairly clean dial. But I can definitely see some “Christina” offending me with the word “automatic”. The watch also has sterling silver hour, minute and second hands. No madness, no illusions.
Inside beats Panera’s Calibre P.9010. The P.9010 movement was introduced in 2016 and is the successor to the P.9000. It has a number of key improvements, most notably a reduced height, from 7.9mm to 6mm. it also has a balanced bridge, rather than a balanced screw plug. It pulses at 4Hz and has a 72 hour power reserve. A neat feature is that it has an independently adjustable hour hand. Unfortunately, the sturdy screw-down bottom cover prevents the owner from appreciating the movement.
Like I said, this is a Panerai back to basics. Panerai launched the Calibre P.9010 and updated long-time favourites (such as the Luminor Marina PAM0312 and PAM0359) with some controversial changes such as the blue seconds hand and a much lower water-resistance rating, which caused a lot of “Christian! “The discomfort. This new Luminor Marina PAM01313 isn’t perfect, but it corrects those mistakes.