Most popular Panerai watches are the ones with Luminor case. Radiomir is not that popular as Luminor Panerai. However, in the development of Panerai, Radiomir even played a more important role. It is the prototype of modern Luminor Panerai, if you want to find some trace related to Panerai’s richest history as a military watch for the Italy Navy, then you should buy a Panerai Radiomir watch. Today, the replica Panerai watch I am going to review is made by VS factory, which has been specilized in manufacturing good quality PAMs for years. This black Radiomir Black Seal ceramic watch has a reference number PAM 505. It is the latest V3 edition that was published by VSF in the end of 2018.
Genuine watch uses a composite material, which is not only ceramic. However, this replica PAM 505 uses an entire piece of ceramic in case construction. The sandblasted finish on the cushion-shaped case feels high quality texture. Onion-shaped crown is so big, you will feel very comfortable when rotating it to adjust hands or date. The crown features a classic OP Logo on the front. Wire lugs are one classic feature of Radiomir, they are removable.
Black dial is sandwiched, the upper plate has skeleton hour markers in stick shape, except Arabic numbers at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. the sand finish of the black dial is the same as ceramic case. Small seconds hand on the subdial at 9 o’clock runs smoothly, it is applied with Swiss luminous material like central two hands. The printings on the dial have been improved on this V3 edition, I am not afraid you compare the dial with genuine watch, because there are really no flaws you can find.
The movement is super clone P.9000, which is an in-house caliber by VSF. This movement has been improved by VSF for many times since its first release several years ago, now I do not know whether the factory will still update it or not, but it really has been very perfect. Super Clone P.9000 has many advantages, you could not even tell it from a genuine Cal.P.9000, besides, its inaccuracy is controled within eight seconds.
I do not like the brown ASSO band on this PAM 505. I think one pair of black leather straps will be more suitable. However, with such a retro style Pre-V buckle, the distressed ASSO band is a perfection for this watch. Without crown bridge, the PAM 505 still has a large size, its diameter is up to 45mm, exactly meets our favor for big-size watches.