#04 : Pam 194 vs Pam 285
The Pam 194 is a release of 2004 and the winner of the Grand Prix de l' Horlogerie, Special Edition of 1000 units ( + 11 OOR (*1) ), it received from the first days the nickname Subzilla.
The Pam 285 is one Special Edition too, 250 units were made and released in 2008. it was not shown at SIHH, has not long been in catalogs and was therefore a time a ghost ( *2 ) model.
Both have a water resistance of 2500 meters.
They are very similar models at the exception of the dial and some others details, the most difference is the felling we can have of them.
Views of the dials :
is added to the 285's 2500.
Battons surroundey with black for the Pam 194
When the Pam 284 have dots circled by stainless steel.
T swiss made T for these two models .. is written on the dial
I still doubt that the dial of the 285 may be made of tritium
I expect to see one some day with what we call patina.
Their respective lume is significantly different .
Their super thick sapphire ( 5,9 millimeters ) is surrounded by a seal ...
ranged from 12 to 15 by a silver scale.
Views of the cases :
They are a 1950.
With an escape valve.
is the Helium's chemical symbol
The casebacks exposes the water resistance.
The writing is bigger on the 194.
Views of the crown guards :
There is not, on the both, the usual, on the 1950 cases, REG.T.M ( *3 ) engraved.
Views of the bezels :
Brushed steel with applied white gold numerals and markers for the 194.
The 285 benefits of the improved bezel already seen on the 194 OOR models, its numerals and markers are not made of gold.
The 285's bezel is more brushed than the one on the 194 which looks softer.
The white gold numerals and markers are thicker on the Pam 194 than the Pam 285 ones.
If the sahpphire is flat, the bezel is really domed ... pure 1950 style !
Views together :
On the both, the movement used is the automatic mecanical, Panerai OP III calibre, 13¼ lignes, 21 jewels, monometallic Glucydur® balance making 28.800 alternations/hour, Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 42 hours. Chronometer certificate (C.O.S.C.).
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, date, calculation of immersion time.
Some personal comments :
Finally all their differences are not only in the dial.
The Pam 194 seems to be a watch more mainly, more withdrawn ... "And what ?, I'm a chunk of metal ! " it could say.
The Pam 285 displays a look brighter ... " Come join, I'm not bad " would be its reply.
The Pam 194 is a model without concessions: pure and simple with a strong presence on the wrist, with its " pretense " of a Rolex the Pam 285 is softer, more open
Battons vs Dots ??
Thanks for watching
*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 : GHOST :
They are watches which have all the usual engraving : OP, BB ( or PB ) and the millesimation with the letter. Simply they do not appear in the catalogs or price-lists. Examples of ghosts
: Pam 57D, Pam 237H ...
*3 : REG.T.M. :
Combined stand for Reg