Pam 322 vs Pam 294.
Radiomir with a case of 47 millimeters and a brown dial are the only similarities that unite these models.
The Pam 322 has been intruduced as a Special Edition at the SIHH 2008 when the Pam 294 has been sold, trough the boutiques only, in the summer / spring 2010 without any announcement.
The Pam 322 is an one shot of 50 units ( + 1 OOR (*1) ) with a millesimation on 150 because it gather it with the Pam 309 ( same watch but with a black dial ), the Pam 294 is an one shot of 49 units. Both are Special editions.
When the Pam 322 is a new model, the Pam 294 is a mix of two watches from 2006 as it lists all the components of the 249 with the exception of the dial and hands which comes from a 232.
Views of the dials :
The plexi of the 294 gives some distortions and maybe a warmer brown color.
The golden ring all around the 322's dial is a killer detail.
The hour hand on the Pam 294 is larger than on the 322.
Views of the cases :
Brushed titanium ( darkening with the time ) gives to the Pam 322 the angles more sharp.
Polished steel case, the 294 takes again the 249's engraving Opus Facere (*2) between the lugs.
The movements :
Movement: hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP X calibre, 16½ lignes, 17 jewels. Glucydur® balance with Nivarox® I spring, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 56 hours. Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges.
Functions: hours and minutes.
Pam 322 :
Movement: hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP XXVII calibre, 16 ¾ lignes, 18 jewels, monometallic Glucydur® balance, 18,000 alternations/hour, KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 55 hours.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds.
Domed plexi thick of 2,0 mm vs flat sapphire thick of 1,9mm :
Some personal comments:
Both are incredible watches. The Pam 294 carry all the Panerai DNA and is a perfect homage to the vintages, it is a perfect Radiomir on an ammo strap.
The Pam 322 is the 1st on many levels : first time the titanium material has been used for a Radiomir, first time the Minerva movement has been used in a Panerai etc Maybe the 322 is a bit more versatile and can be wear on a dressy strap as on a vintage one.
Both are two really rare birds, it is surprising to see the 322 ( and the 309 too ) doesen't have any success with the collectors / passionates as the 294 have ..
Underrated vs Overrated ??
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*1 : OOR :
ange, in the first case these watches are at the start one shadow which served in shows and displays ... the factory reuses these watches by adding them a caseback with a special engraving : the letter of the millesimation is replaced by OOR
. There is no OOR who is a specific watch : they were all made from already existing models, neverthless some have some differences regard to the benchmark model; ex : Pam 02 and 61 OOR has the movement which was then put in the Pam 112 and the 118 in the E serie ( The new OP XI instead the OP II ), the pam 194 OOR has an improved bezel ...
In the second option we can considere that the factory uses some available parts and make a few more models.
*2 : OPUS FACERE :
From the latin opus
stands for work, labor, to work
is the present active infinitive of facio
which transleted wants to say to make