The Panerai PAM 424 is an interesting spin on the classic vintage stylings of the PAM 448 (a 500 unit special edition piece also announced at SIHH 2012) and PAM 249. Sharing the same California dial and housed in a 47mm stainless steel Radiomir case, the PAM424 sports a beautiful set of gold hands, a date window at 3 o’clock, and features the Panerai logo on the dial.
While the Panerai 424 is probably not going to be a huge hit with OP’s traditional fan base who passionately favor the “less is more” approach offered by Panerai’s classic base models, the PAM 424 is an interesting piece nonetheless. Powered by Officine Panerai’s hand-wound P.3000 calibre movement which features hours, minutes, date, two barrels, and a 3-day power reserve, the Panerai 424 is a continuation of OP’s departure from using ETA movements.
The PAM424′s black California dial is protected by a 2.8mm thick sapphire crystal, and the watch also features a sapphire crystal display back. Water resistance is rated at 100 meters.