The Panerai 249 (PAM00249) is arguably the hottest watch made by Officine Panerai that is still hitting the stores. The PAM 249, or “Cali”, is a special edition watch unveiled in 2006.
Consider yourself very lucky to track down a 249 these days at list price, and for good reason. Panerai collectors have ferociously snapped up the PAM249 and unfortunately for many, there simply isn’t ample supply of this great watch to go around (1936 pieces).
The PAM 249 is a 47mm SE housed in Panerai’s Radiomir case. The 249′s movement is a hand-wound mechanical Panerai OP X calibre:
- 16½ lignes
- 17 jewels
- Glucydur balance with Nivarox I spring
- 21,600 alternations/hour
- Incabloc anti-shock device
- 56 hour power reserve
- Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges
The 47mm polished stainless steel Rad case features removable wire loop strap attachments for easy strap changes. The 249 has a sapphire display back and a 2mm thick PLEXIGLAS crystal covering the unique California dial. Because of the PLEXI crystal, water resistance is rated at just 30 meters.
If there is a fault to point out on the Panerai 249, it’s undoubtedly the strap. It’s comical that Panerai would release a watch as special as the 249 limited edition with such a cheesy strap, but that’s easily remedied with all of the many wonderful aftermarket straps to be had.