Paneristi Dream PAM competition

Firstly, many thanks to Greg for the idea for this competition.

The notion is simple: please show us your "dream Panerai" - the model that you would like Panerai to make.

Entries can be in any form; drawings, photoshop or plain text. Include as much detail as you'd like. If you're submitting images, please try to keep the size down, or I may have to butcher them with my mad Microsoft Photo Editor skillz. Please post your entry on the public forum, or mail it to me. Entries don't have to be new - if you've already cooked something up and shown it off, please feel free to enter it. One entry per person please.

There will be two streams for prizes, one for concept (the best idea), and one for execution (the best prose or picture).

The contest is now closed - winners are noted below.



The prizes include







Jetan - 1st= for concept, 2nd for execution

Here is my entry and details I wish are as follows:

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai OP XI caliber with swan's neck regulator. Power reserve 56 hours. COSC certificate.

Functions: Hours, minutes and small seconds

Case: 45mm in diameter; AISI 316L polished steel

Bezel: polished steel

Back: See through sapphire crystal

Dial: Black with luminous markers and Arabic numerals in the Pre-vendome sandwich style; small seconds dial at 9 o'clock

Crystal: Domed sapphire with no distortion, formed of corundum, 3.5mm thick, anti-reflective coating on both sides

Price: US$5000 retail

Production: 1200 pcs. per year



Alan From New York

Two favorites are the GMT and the Power Reserve. My Dream PAM would be sold only through and have an additional engraving on the back, "della Paneristi."

The Power Reserve would look something like this The GMT would look something like this (only with a brown strap instead of teal)

And please, try to imagine more of a white dial instead of beige.



Anthony Kosky

To be a little bit different, how about a reissue of the Mare Nostrum with a upgraded movement?

Start with a Mare Nostrum with a pre-vendome bezel but a post vendome (PAM 6 style) dial.

Insert an F. Piguet chronograph movement, modified to use two registers. Add a big date at 12 o'clock (as with the VC Overseas chrono) for good measure.

Pre-vendome strap and buckle, and tritium markings of course.

Oh, and the movement and weight should be decorated with the traditional "Panerai" engraving, and have a display back so you can appreciate it.




Take PAM 1A, not polished steel.

DIAL - Instead of a black dial, I want the dial to be very light grey. In fact the same grey as the Paneristi logo (the one with an opened crown logo). And on top, where it says Marina swap it to PANERISTI. Thus, it would say Luminor Paneristi. Paneristi should be in blue.

Take PAM 82.

BACK - The usual infos on the back, but with an engraving of the Paneristi opened crown logo. Somewhere at the back it should also say EDITION PANERISTI. Just like PAM 82's back. xxx/100 pieces.

It should come with the Special Edition big box. A nice certificate, with the Signature of the MAN!!!!!

Oh the price should be no more than 5000 euros.




Imagine staring into the ebony black face of a Luminor Base model. The sandwich dial reveals markers swathed in Luminova treating your eyes to a wonderful combination of depth and radiance. The distinctive "OP" logo perched above the 6 echoes the words "OFFICINE PANERAI" which hang just under the 12.

Imagine spotting your reflection in the polished stainless steel bezel that surrounds this beautiful dial and notice that the remainder of the case (along with the characteristic crown lock) retains a silky brushed finish.

Imagine hushing the world around you for a moment to listen to the heartbeat of this unique timepiece. With a flip of the wrist your own pulse starts to race when you catch sight of the hand-wound ETA movement through the sapphire caseback.

Imagine wrapping this horological wonder onto your wrist with a dark chocolate brown, calfskin Dirk strap with white stitching and securing it with the large, old-style fancy buckle marked with nothing but the “OP” logo.

Imagine beaming with joy…and then wallowing in sorrow because there is only one of these ever produced…and it belongs to me.




PVD Marina Militare Special Edition 300 Pieces, with the much more harder Pre-Vendome PVD coating, black matt dial with "Marina Militare" on the top and the old Panerai Logo like the 5218/201a. Sandwich dial, blueish steel or gold hands.

This watch with ETA movement for 5000$, and/or one with special movement (Rolex, Venus) for 8000$.

That's all.
I would love it !!




My true dream PAM has already been posted a number of times (oversized original Radiomir re-edition with secounds dial, cf. jetan's nice pic).

However, since I have developed an interest in Panerai watches, I've always wondered why the white-dial PAMs didn't keep the original look and had to bear so many markers and numbers...

I love white dials as well, so here is my "why haven't they done it already?" dream PAM entry (please forgive my very poor Photoshop skills): a white Marina with the dial layout of a dark-dial Marina...

The little bonus here is the SANDWICH dial, but a modernized version: the luminous insert on this watch is a color one, and one could have the insert changed from time to time (by Panerai, so it wouldn't be as easy as changing straps of course). The watch may come with 2 vouchers for a insert change/cleaning/polishing for example...




1. Luminor Diver 44 mm with uni-direction racheted 50 fathom like bezel. White dial comes with blued hands and indices. SS polished/brushed case and similar like Luminor Marina dial. Carbon or Blue dial should be available as limited editions. Watch comes with rubber strap and matching SS bracelet. Other strap would be optional.

2. Luminor Diver GMT 44 mm, same bezel but with dial similar to new GMT 40 mm. Others would be the same as no.1

3. Luminor Diver Chrono 44 mm, Chrono with two horizontal counter, others the same as No. 1.

Actually, I am planning to built this watch in near future. I believe there are several companies in Swiss that does this sort of personalised work.




A Historic Base Luminor - but in Stainless Steel BRUSHED Case and the vintage brown dial. I would also like the LOGO at 6, no PANERAI needed (on back?).

This is my 116, with a LOGO. However, it would be in Brushed Stainless steel.



Jay from NJ

Ti Marina with Carbon Fiber dial PVD Marina with Carbon Fiber dial PVD Marina with Tobacco dial PAM127 "Logo" PAM127 Non "1950"

I would also like to see a SS 44mm Marina with Tobacco dial and gold hands, it would also have a 24X24mm strap and Pre-Vendome/PAM127 style buckle but with the Logo as well.



Joel Pirela - 3rd= for concept, 1st for execution

Well, I did some pics..... photoshop to illustrate the concept.

D.L.C. (Diamond Like Coat) finish in flat black. very scratch resistance.

Sandwich style dial with big numbers and indicators in orange Luminova to reflect as much patina as the older models without the use of H3.

Big crown protector style. Like a scaled down to fit the 44mm diameter case. Crown lever opens from down->up.
Bubble sapphire crystal with a complete spherical radius to avoid distortion.
Solid case back with "Siluro" and matriculation number and old Logo on the background. Also the PIG is engraved.
Buckle is the bottle opener style with the PIG engraved and the OP logo.

I hope the pics help! I Want one!

Additionally, there's always the "historic submersible". A hand-wind titanium submersible case with Luminor Marina BLACK dial. Simple yet functional!



Jonathan C

Hello, This is an easy one since I like really huge watches.

Make a 47mm GMT with a polished s/s case. The case would be the historical one same as it is now. It would have a lesser angle on the bezel to help with the increased overall size. It also would have a silver sub-dial, with a carbon fiber dial (bluish-gray in color)....

The strap would be a pre-vendome with the pre-vedome buckle, with OP/ GMT in the slant logo style lettering stamped into the buckle.

Keep the crystal normal without a dome, except a magnification area for the date. The strap color...dark, dark, grey/blue ; type of leather... elephant w/ white stitching. Two keepers on the strap matching elephant......

Is this too cool or what????




1000m Luminor base 47mm - that would rock
Auto 7750
"No" Domed sapphire, but 5mm thick.
Then maybe a Platinum one would be cool.
Then Maybe a true egypt model?



Lars M

Destro Base - my dream Panerai is a Luminor Base Destro.
Would be even nicer with the 1950 case in 47mm, domed crystal, of course in steel...
Crown protector with the lever upside down.
Movement: why not a 8 days power reserve, so you must only wind it on Sundays.
Strap with bottle opener style buckle, second strap khaki shark.




I think I am not the only one with this beauty:

It has been posted several time by Jose (jetan) and is the most beatiful Panerai I can immagine. In steel would be best (both historical and price point of view) but I must admit that the white-gold of my 40mm Radiomir gives an extremely nice patina after a while. Only the crown would have to different: bigger, more like the one on PAM21 or the IWC Big Pilot.



Michael Noll

A re-issue of the LOGO with some nice extras...

Special Edition Box with clear top for viewing...
'New Style' band attachment (1 screw... tapped lug)
2 Dirks 'LTD Edition' straps with OP branding on high polish buckles... each with integrated PVC 'tubes'
PIG model as included with Slytech series (# to coincide with watch serial #s) and PANERISTI badging
'Half-Hunter' Caseback with PANERISTI engraving
1000 watch production (all released in 1 year)... ordered directly from Panerai with $4000.00 plus proof of ownership of 2 other Panerai watches - Quick-ship within 3 days of order
$500.00 of each purchase donated to 'site maintenance' fund
Limited Edition Certificate with name of owner (printed) and signature of Mr. B along with personalized congratulatory message...
Certificate for first recon free (ala AP)



Mr Gray - 3rd= for concept

Real easy: produce the 1000m 1980 prototype



Oliver Baumann - 3rd= for execution

Special Edition "Tribute to SLC"
-1950 Case (Transition Radiomir), 47mm
-Made of original steel of an old original SLC or made of blackened (PVD) hard-coated steel.
-Destro Version like the one on page 15 of the catalogue.
-Very clean design, black upper dial with cut-out numerals as on the 1950 and a big white "Z" in the center (you know it!!!)
-Lower dial with partially filled Luminova, see below
-Crown can be pulled in two positions: First position to set the time and second position to rotate the lower dial so that during day-time you only see the black cut-out numerals (we´re on a secret mission) and during night-time you can rotate the lower dial so that the Luminova shines through)
-Bezel set in with small rivets to match the design of the original SLC´s.
-Brass-coloured classic hands on the dial.
-No sub-dial
-Old style thick brown kodiak strap with old-style big brass-coloured buckle like in the fourties.
-Hand wound movement, can be an actual one to keep the price range on earth.
-Two casebacks: one see-through and one interchangeable solid one with engraved SLC and showing the serial no.

So guys, what do you think about it? Hope they will build it next year. Have to talk to Angelo :-) .......




My dream PAM is a 47mm Radiomir with polished steel bezel and brushed steel case. Tobacco sandwich dial with luminous markers and Arabic numerals (ref PAM 21), no other redundant wordings like "Swiss", "L" on dials except "RADOMIR PANERAI". Both display back and solid back provided. Function: hours and minutes no second hand. Calf strap and buckle similar to the one used in PAM 127. Wire loop strap attachments wielded to the case. Movement: new in-house 17 lignes 8-day hand wound movement using free sprung balance, and no blued screw pls. Bridge of movement engraved with drawing of the Italian commandos in action. Crown of the watch unsigned. i.e. no "OP". Crystal: sapphire, made from corundum. Water resistance: not less than 100 m.



Piero Lapiana

My dream Pam is the steel Radiomir 45mm, 49 units, ardillon buckle, hand-wound movement, wire loops and the case-back engraved with the picture of constellation of the Great Bear. 7 stars for 7 men each=49 units!
If you want to know more about the Great Bear's Team, see the book Panerai Historia on page 79.




Mov't: OPX (simplicity and endurance)

Case: classic 44mm Luminor

Case Treatment: PVD w/ a protective clear coat

Dial: Black Base w/ "Marina Militare" at the 12 position, and the OP LOGO at the bottom of the dial. With patina like Luminova treatment.

Caseback: Solid w/ an engraving of the "SLC" or "PIG" w/ the serial number etched on the "PIG". No more identifiers or etching present.

Strap: All Black Kodiak. W/ a Tan Kodiak for the non-militare attire.

Buckle: PVD treated "Bottle Opener" w/ the matching serial # engraved next to the LOGO.

Paperwork: Official certificate w/ Date of issue, Location of issuing Office, and name of owner embosed? on the paper. Nothing handwritten by ink.

Box: Standard Pearwood Box w/ a glass see-through top for viewing pleasure.

Extra: Mini-model of the "SLC" or "PIG" w/ the matching number of the watch engraved.

Production numbers: 1000




Luminor Base 44mm Case in Titanium Powder-Coated black for low reflectivity and light-weight. Black dial with 12 and 6 alpha numerals only and round blobs all around with full-size seconds hand. Black date box with white alpha numerals at 6 o'clock position. "Luminor Warfare" or "Luminor Recon" signage. Tested to 500m. Super Luminova in their respective places.

Rubber strap with "Panerai Recon" or "Panerai Warfare" along the strap. "bottle opener" buckle, again in titanium powder-coated black with "Recon" or "Warfare". Difference here is there will be quick releases for the strap on the lug area, so that you can "snap" the watch in place. Snap it where you ask?

The watch will be issued with a S.O.G. Seal 2000 knife or a Phrobis III M9 bayonet. Powder-coated black blades to match the PAM case. Kydex sheath's with a recessed "cutout" to click the watch in place. Quick release again on the sheath. Check out the rough pics.




Similar to other special edition of Panerai watch, my dream Panerai shall use a NOS movement. Specification is as below:

- Case: 45mm Radiomir case with removable lug to justify the wearability

- Material: Stainless Steel

- Dial: Chocolate brown with only 12, 3, 6 and 9 luminous marker; No date, dots or others; a subsecond besides 9pm position shall be added

- Movement: Manual wind, based on Angelus 8 day power reserve movement; Panerai modified with blued steel movement; Sapphire crystal display back shall be offered for watching this stunning movement

- Strap: Two strap shall be included, one orange-brown colour crocodile strap as the one using in standard PAM62 and a dark brown crocodile strap; Screwdriver shall be added (which is not included as current Radiomir)

- Buckle: Current Radiomir buckle

- Personalized name shall be added by Panerai factory once order is placed. Name shall be engraved to the bottom side of the case. Nowadays, OPXXXX, BBXXXXXX and EXXXX/XXXX are engraved - one corner left. Thus, shall add the owner of this personalized edition.

- Certificate from Panerai shall be included with limited number of pieces and the name of owner shall be printed on it too

Finally, would like to name this as 'PANERAI INDIVI'.
INDIVI is just a short form of 'individualism' which shows the idea of personalized Panerai. Order shall be taken in serious consideration and may consider Paneristi first who is so kind for Panerai development in these years.



the dent depot

Of course the crown guard and pushers would match the case finish, but you all get the idea!



Tide - 3rd= for concept

A limited edition reissue/tribute of the original Panerai design ala 1950 case with original Rolex 16 lignes movement and seconds subdial at nine o'clock.

Black dial reads "Panerai, Luminor" under the twelve o'clock position.

"Militaire" with the original "OP" Logo over 6 o'clock.

"OP" Logo also Luminova.

Stainless steel case, brushed case, polished bezel.

No markings on lever lock.

Blued hands with Luminova inserts.

Display back.

Engraving on rotor citing model number and issue date.

Pre-V style buckle on original tan 'oiled' leather.

A new style deployment buckle on a rubber strap.

An option card that allows the owner to return the watch to Panerai and have engraving done on the case back surrounding the saphire display crystal, or on a spare solid caseback. Example "this watch made exclusively for #####", or "to ###### with much appreciation, ####", etc with the "OP" logo engraved on the solid caseback.

A hard bound owner's manual including certificate with places for other owner's to sign and include personal info.

A Panerai watch travel case with OP and the model of the watch embossed on it.

I think that covers it...

One final (I think) addition:

The presentation box has a glass insert in the lid so it can serve as a display box when closed. A brass plate on the front cites the owner's name, model number and date.



Volker - 3rd= for execution

K.I.S.S. Radiomir "1938"

My competition entry, maybe boring, but just the way I'd like it:

Steel Radiomir 47 mm, similar with the case design of the PAM21, two or three golden hands (maybe with a small second at 9), tobacco dial (maybe with MARINA MILITARE under 12), seethru caseback and massive caseback to change / engrave personal words.

Case should have removable lugs and two straps: croc and brown calf with a "bottle opener" as it's buckle.

Should contend an affordable movement (why not a Unitas as in the 1950?) or should cost less than 10.000 EUR, otherwise maybe too far away for most of the historic orientated Paneristi... 1938 pieces should be enough, because there is a huge market for this piece, I'm 100% sure. And this would be in the historic SE line together with the "1950"...

As a fellow Paneristi posted here a few weeks ago: K.I.S.S. = keep it simple stupid.

I think the simple design of the first models brought the todays success to Panerai. I'd love to see a historic Radiomir oneday, affordable - it don't have to contend a NOS Rolex movement for my taste. (indeed authentic and wonderful, but ...$$$!).

Take the dial from PAM36 (left), change the word LUMINOR into RADIOMIR and put it into the PAM21 case (right one, but steel please ) and... ready for the next mission with a "Radiomir 1938"...



Anthony Tsai

I would submit an entry to the Dream PAM competition, but my dream PAM already exists - the 1950.

So I guess my entry would be the 1950 w/ no changes to the watch because I love it the way it is.



JB - 3rd= for execution

Panerai Radiomir Militare with central stop seconds. The idea is a watch for military ground forces.

Case: 42-44 mm polished steel, see through back.

Dial: Black with engraved and filled hour markers, regular seconds (all tritium).

Movement: An in-house manual wind caliber with geneva stripes, something like the IWC caliber 89, but bigger (36-38mm) and 7 days power reserve.



Mr Bleu - 1st= for concept

Let's call this the Luminor Historic

First we take a SS luminor 44mm case: 44mm because of the weariblity for the most of us, but still big enough to call it a Panerai.

Compared to a normal 44mm a thinner bezel: for a better proportion in combination with the doomed plexiglass.

The domed plexiglass crystal: for a really classic look you just can't make the same shape with sapphire crystal. Ok maybe less durable, but you can always polish or even change the crystal once i a few years, don't think that will be a problem.

Bigger dial with bigger numerals: always think that the dial on a conventional 44mm can be a little little bit bigger to have that classic look of those vintage models. and ofcourse a sandwich dial.....

Golden hands: I think I don't have to explain that.....

PV Strap: My photoshop skills aren't good enough to change the vendome strap to a PV strap. But I would like to see a PV strap with maybe a buckle which is a little bit smaller than the original one.

Steel caseback: because I like heavy watches, nowadays too many brands make see through backs....

NO!! Limited Edition: Just don't understand why a lot of paneristi want a limited production of their dream panerai..... I would like to see my dream panerai as a normal historic model with a affordable price.

Crown protector: the crown protector can be a little bit bigger and like the original in brushed finish (not on picture)

I do not want to just scaled down a luminor 1950 (or the original) to a 44 mm, because it will not be original anymore.... (the shape of the 1950 should be 47mm only!!).






Michael Drake



Chris Evans

With the sickness well entrenched (5 Panerai and counting) I continually scheme and plan for my next one...but alas, the one I really want; they don't make...yet. I have always been especially drawn to two specific 'items' in the line; white dials, and La Bomba. I own a Pam 51 and Pam 3, as well as a 25 Sub. and just sold my Pam 24. Wanted to replace it with a 1000m, but the blue and black dials are just so 'done'. Therefore, my dream Panerai (drum roll please...) would be a white dial 'La Bomba' with black sub-second dial, and black numbers (12 and six) and black blobs (exact inverse of the 25 dial)then a small dot of Luminor material behind each number/marker as in the Pam 3 dial....but no minute markers! Since white dials are traditionally less popular than black, they only need to make about fifty....nice and rare!!

Charge 5-6,000US$ and watch them fly off the shelf!!




Pretty simple, I really like the 104 , but I think it would be better with the little date instead of the lens in an automatic selfwinding model. Also the same for a new 118, with the little date window in a selfwinding model (Ti base). I think this keeps the newer models closer to the base ones with the day to day advantages.



PhilC - 3rd= for execution

Over the past years, Panerai has produced beautiful watches with complications including power reserve, GMT, GMT/Alarm, and several chronos. One complication that would be interesting and could be a World Time Radiomir. Although the dial would definitely need to be reworked substantially from this Photoshop hack job, here is the concept.




May be too crazy, my dream Panerai is a Luminor Militare Minute Repeater with brown dial. The case shall be large, just like 1950. The music shall be according to the fantastic bell sounds from the Doumo, Florence. You all the know shop is just in front of the Duomo. Guess it may cost more than USD100K then.




In short, it's the Panerai version of IWC's 'Deep One':

It starts with the infamous double crown bridge submersible, the right hand crown for the normal time adjustment and winding. An additional left crown for the dive time ring adjustment like the upper push pieces on the Deep One. The water entry point would be thru the case back so this watch would have a caseback with holes for water pressure measurement. The dial would have to be somehow similar to Deep One, but hopefully somehow simplifed. I would also move the sub second to 9 o'clock in keeping of the historical look.

I know it's not very historical but personally this is a neat complication that I would LOVE to see on Panerai. It should go well with the diving tradition that Panerai has came to fame for. Commercially with the tied to IWC via Richemont the technical expertise should not be a problem. Admittedly the target audience would not be huge so it would be perfect for one of the limited edition model... So how'bout it Mr. Bonati?