VS factory never disappoints us, after the new models which Panerai published in 2019 SIHH, now only VS brought the replicas of these new models. The replica of PAM 979 was published several weeks ago, now VS factory released another carbon timepiece, it is PAM 1616. Two watches are made with Carbotech material that is newly developed by Panerai, only different in color usage. Have you read my review about PAM 979 replica? Before you go with this post about PAM 1616, you can read my article about PAM 979.
On the case, VS factory claimed that they use the same carbotech material as genuine, but I think on this replica, the case is made with common carbon, while there are special prints on case, bezel and lugs. The case has a big diameter that is up to 47mm, it is also very thick, which is 17mm, however, I do not feel it is heavy when I wear this watch on hand, thanks to the special carbon material used on case, the watch is light in weight.
Solid case back is blackened, there is an iconic S.L.C logo on the center, it is delicately engraved on the sanded background, which is highly contrast with the matt black finish around.
Actually I do not like the blue color usage on bezel and dial, I think the blue is too bright. In contrary, the white with black on PAM 979 looks more classic. The blue luminous coating on hour markers and hands not only increases the dial visibility, but also offers the wearer a strong and long-lasting lume light in the dark conditions.
The movement inside is a super clone P.9000. It is the latest clone P.9000 edition which VS factory just made an improvement on it in 2018. VS factory disassemble the whole genuine P.9000 and then researched them, so this super clone P.9000 is a completely 1:1 original movement, the best version, the clone P.9000 developed by other factories can not be compared with this, so if you want the best P.9000 Panerai replicas, please recognize VS factory.
At last, if you like Panerai Submersible watches, I recommend you two models, PAM 382 and PAM 979, if you do not mind the bright blue color, then this PAM 1616 is also a good choice.