It always has been a love-hate relationship among collectors with regard to replica Panerai watches: the use of Unitas and ETA movements had been frowned upon by many. As such, there is only one direction for a brand that is so revered and reviled at the same time, and that direction is up, here’s why.
In 2011, Replica Panerai presented the Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Logo with OP logo at 6 o'clock and fitted with a 'sausage dial' instead of the better looking 'sandwich dial'. The replica Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic (pam00388) seems to be based on the elegant Panerai Luminor Composite 3 Days (PAM 386) ceramic watch that was presented exactly two years ago. The device features the same manufacture-made caliber, but is presented in a slightly larger, body of the same refined shape.
The Radiomir case in polished steel is 45 mm in diameter and has a black dial of sandwich construction, faithful to the traditional Panerai aesthetic with its alternation of linear hour markers and large figures at the cardinal points, small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and date at 3 o’clock. On the back, a sapphire crystal gives a view of the P.9000 movement and in particular of the oscillating weight which operates in both directions, winding the two spring barrels while the watch is being worn.
The P.9000 calibre of the Replica pam00388 Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic is 13¾ lignes in diameter and 7.9 mm thick. It has a balance which oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. As well as the time and date functions, the P.9000 is fitted with the device for rapid setting of the hour hand: a star wheel with 12 teeth and a small spring clutch enable the hour hand to be moved forward or backwards in clicks of one hour at a time, without interfering with the progress of the minute hand or the running of the watch. The same device is connected to the date, which is adjusted automatically when the hour hand is moved forward or backward past midnight. Crafted from so called “Panerai Composite”, a lightweight and highly scratch-resistant synthetic material, which is made from aluminum oxide.