Among all models Panerai has published in recent years, PAM 687 is very outstanding. It is a vintage PAM that was made to pay tribute to Radiomir 3646, which was made for the Italian Navy in the 1930s. At that time, Panerai manufactured several Radiomir watches with unique 12-sided bezel that has engravings of “OFFICINE PANERAI BREVETTATO”, which mean Panerai patented.
Like genuine PAM 687, this replica has been integrated with a lot of vintage elements. Let us look at its case first, this 47mm case is big, but it is only 12.5mm thick because the watch is equipped with an manual winding movement. Radiomir is the earliest diving watch Panerai made for the Italian Navy, now this PAM 687 used the same cushion-shaped Radiomir case, 12-sided bezel is like the case back of modern Panerai. On the case, every corner is smoothly polished, there are removable wire lugs.
The dial reflects the essence of this vintage PAM. First, it uses a gradual brown color, which looks like being oxidized and faded. The sandwiched dial has cream yellow luminous material applied on the bottom plate, the hour markers that include digits 3, 6, 9 and 12 are skeletonized. Two hands on the center of the dial, this is also one of the iconic features on vintage Panerai Radiomir watches. The hands have golden edge, which is perfectly in line with the brown color of the main dial. PAM 685 is also such a type of vintage Radiomir, but it has a black dial.
About the movement, ZF factory put a Super Clone P.3000 inside the replica, which is a manual winding movement and beats 21600 times per hour. The inside mechanism could be appreciated through crystal case back. The best and most stable P.3000 used in replica Panerai watches is made by ZF, look at the jewels’ color, it is very close to genuine, the balance wheel is also set in a right position, the golden balance wheel features original shock absorber and its bridge has two ends fixed on the base plate, which greatly improves the stability of the whole movement.
The band is distressed look, it is in brown color, very close to the faded brown tone on dial. There is the classic OP Logo on each pair of the leather band. Polished buckle is Pre-V style with “PANERAI” engraving in same depth as genuine watch. By the way, the replica watch has been tested 30m waterproof.
After reading the review, have you known how many vintage features used by this Radiomir PAM 687?