Most Panerai watches use leather band, there are few Panerai models with stainless steel bracelet, not to say the ones like PAM 438 that have ceramic case and bracelet, PAM 438 is the only one in all product lines of Panerai that is made of full ceramic, so it is typical. PAM 438 adopts Panerai in-house P.9001 automatic movement, which has 3-day power reserve, date, gmt, on the movement, there is also a power reserve indicator, you can clearly appreciate the beauty of the movement through the see-through sapphire crystal back. P.9001 has been blackened, this is exact the meaning of “TUTTONERO” on the back.
About PAM 438, the best replica is made by VS(former KW), which is a big factory mainly researches and manufactures Panerai replica watches. VS factory appeared in front of us at the end of 2016, but it soon became a leader in replica watch industry due to their highly stable movement. VS overcame many difficulties and finally developed some super clone movements that are hard to be identified as fakes even with a transparent case back. For example, the Super Clone P.9001 on this PAM 438 replica, which is independently produced by VS, has a correct balance wheel position at 7 o’clock, so is genuine P.9001 Caliber. The appearance of VS factory could be said a revolutionary change in replica watch field, it is a major milestone. Besides, VS is still continuously improving the details of PAM 438, until it becomes more perfect.
If you have been in replica watch industry for years, you will know there are basically four stages that replica PAM 438 has passed through. In the first stage, the best PAM 438 replica uses a Sea-gull movement, which features a balance wheel at 6:00. In the second stage, one factory modified the movement plates on basis of a Shanghai 7750, but the balance wheel position is also wrong. In the third stage, it is the appearance of VS V1, although the clone P.9001 has set the balance wheel at 7 o’clock, it does not have blackened base movement plate, besides, the bearing is also in white stainless steel, not original black. Now, VS released their V2 PAM 438, you can compare the clone movement with genuine P.9001, are you able to find any difference? I have to say, whether in outlook or functions, this Super Clone P.9001 has been 99% the same as original.
After talking a lot about the movement, let us check other details of this Panerai Luminor GMT PAM 438 replica. This big watch has a case diameter in 44mm, it has a weight about 209g, the case is made of real black ceramic and weighs about 129g. The watch is really a big guy. The bracelet is also made of real ceramic, which has a weight about 80g. Like genuine, the ceramic bezel is removable, one you remove the bezel off, you can see one black waterproof ring, this is an important component. Please do not remove any watch part by yourself, if these watch components are not properly installed back, this will affect the waterproof performance of the replica watch.
Black dial uses Panerai’s classic sandwiched structure. Skeletonized hour markers are Arabic numerals, the hands stack is correct. The subdial at 9 o’clock is for display of small seconds, with updated movement, the date and gmt hand could be adjusted like the way you do on a genuine PAM 438. “CERAMICA” printing also describes the material which PAM 438 is made of. There is Superluminova C3 on hour markers and hands, they will emit a super strong green light in dark place.
When I got this PAM 438 on hand, I was surprised by its superior texture, its simulation has reached the top level, in the market, you can hardly find a replica watch like PAM 438 with a see-through case back that is cloned so perfect.