PAM 389, a fusion watch that adopts titanium, ceramic and rubber materials, its movement is the famous Panerai P.9000 Caliber, the watch has a sapphire crystal and brushed titanium case. PAM 389 has antimagnetic inner case to ensure the watch can work accurately. In the movie The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone and his teammates were exactly wearing PAM 389, so this watch was sold very well at that time. 47mm big case was exactly built for those tough guy. The dial is very simple and clean, bar-shaped hour markers are superlumed, 9:00 small seconds subdial is classic, P.9000 movement can offer the watch 72-hour power reserve. About this popular Panerai watch, there have already been a replica made by VS factory before, today, the one I am going to give a review is the V3 edition of the replica Panerai PAM 389 by VS factory, whether in outlook or functions, this replica is now closer to genuine.
The case of PAM 389 replica is made of solid Titanium, it is brushed, the Titanium case looks a bit darker than stainless steel. The bezel is uni-directional rotating, it uses a black ceramic insert, there are silver stud markers on the bezel, at 12 o’clock, there is a round pearl that is fully filled with luminescence. Case back is solid Titanium and has correct engravings that look so delicate. PAM 389 has a solid case back, I think this is also one reason why its replica is more popular than other Luminor Submersible replicas with see-through back.
On black dial, all three-dimensional hour markers are filled with genuine Super-LumiNova, hand are also applied with Super-LumiNova, together with bezel pearl, they will emit a strong green light in dark light condition. The grey dial printing “Amagnetic” under “LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE” means genuine watch has an anti-magnetic performance. However, when you open the case back of this replica, you will find a piece of soft iron between the case back and movement, so I think this metal is placed here to prevent the movement from being affected by magnetic fields.
About the Super Clone P.9000 in this Panerai PAM 389 replica, it is the best P.9000 in the market developed by VS factory. With this movement, the hour hand now could be independently adjusted, you can turn it clockwise or anti-clockwise to adjust hours or date, the adjusting way is the same as genuine P.9000 Caliber. Besides, the balance wheel position is changed to be at 7 o’clock, other incorrect versions place the balance wheel at 10 or 6 o’clock. So, the appearance defect of clone P.9000 movement made before was completely solved. From production to assembly, each Super Clone P.9000 movement in VS factory will pass through a lot of tests, finally the daily inaccuracy is controled within 8 seconds.
Panerai has their own distinctive style, which has attracted a lot of watch fans, the PAM 389 I introduced today is even the first choice of many tough guys.