Panerai Radiomir 42 mm PAM 338

Par Florian Matrion, le 11 novembre 2010
Radiomir 42 mm PAM 338
Radiomir 42 mm PAM 338
Diaporama
The historical Panerai collection has enriched itself in 2010 with 3 new 42 mm Radiomir. Very expected by the Paneristis, they would be able to conquer a much larger public. Review of the PAM 338.
Exclusive! review of the Radiomir 42 mm PAM 338. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
73/100
Note des internautes
79/100

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A sober and elegant Radiomir

The design of the Radiomir is known to be the smartest and the finest of the Firenze's brand.

In the case of this Panerai PAM 338, everything is conceived to respect the historical range, while making it more discreet than its elders.
Indeed, the original design is integrally respected: cushion-shaped case, sandwich dial with a little second at 9 o'clock, acronymic crown and wire loop strap attachments.

What is interesting and even troubling, is to see to which point the dimensions of this model make it different from the other Radiomir.
The case measures 42 mm diameter over 11.62 mm thickness and is very fitting with a suit.
Which is quite rare with Panerai...
The gilded hands as well as the black crocodile strap emphasize the impression of elegance.

Around the wrist, you will appreciate the use of titanium.
The watch seems light and is very comfortable to wear. Indeed, this PAM 338 only weighs 70 grams, a featherweight watch in the Panerai catalogue!
As for the finishing is successful: circular-brushed case and polished bezel, underlining thus the dial.

 

In the case of this Panerai PAM 338, everything is conceived to respect the historical range, while making it more discreet than its elders.

 

A multitask watch

Even portrayed as a smart watch, this PAM 338 keeps the perks of a Radiomir.

Its waterproofness up to 100 m and the easiness to change the strap allow however to think that this Panerai is able to travel far further than the back and forth home-office and that it will be able to put forward its multitask side.

For instance, a rubber strap will make it comfortable at sea or a rougher leather strap will transform it into a more sports watch.

 

As always with the Radiomir, all the ingredients are gathered in order to make it as legible as possible: large openness of the dial, polished and gilded hands, black matt sandwich dial and the meticulous application of Luminova.

In every condition, the contrast between the hands, the markers and the dial is deeply marked.

 

The movement

How did Panerai motorize this “little” Radiomir?

Thanks to the new manufacture caliber, the P.999/1.
It is a 3 mm thick caliber over a 27.4 mm diameter.
Produced on a common basis with the 838P (that equips in particular the Altiplano) by Piaget, known for its thin calibers, Panerai takes thus advantage of the synergies within Richemont.

As always with the Radiomir range, all the ingredients are gathered in order to make it as legible as possible.

 

Its technical characteristics make it familiar with its cousin, with a 60-hour power reserve in spite of its thinness, 21,600 alternations per hour, shockproof, but no accurate setting.

The main difference lies in a quite original plate cuts.
Moreover, each movement is identified and numbered.

As for the other movements newly released by Panerai, the finishing is brushed.
It gives a sports impression – which might seem a little bit inappropriate in a “smart” model like this one.

However, the finishing is well realized.
But the movement of this smart Panerai would have deserved a little more “attention”. As for instance some “Côtes de Genève” or some chamfering.

 

Conclusion

For Panerai, the models often distinguish themselves from the details.
Regarding the Radiomir PAM 338, they take the same direction: elegance and soberness.
In the same capacity as the Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT (PAM 233), this new Radiomir has all the qualities to attract a new public to the Firenze brand.

 

Pros:

  • its dimension and its weight
  • its multitask side and its elegance
  • its legibilty

 

Cons:

  • the absence of accurate setting on the spiral
  • the finishing of the movement

 

Further information:

  • the advertised price in the Manufacturer Data sheet is the watch's official retail price in France at the time of this review's publication
  • reviewer/tester's wrist size = 17.5 cm
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Données constructeur

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Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
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Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
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L'avis de la rédaction 73/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 79/100

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