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Comparing PAM 249 with the new PAM 448 (SIHH 2012)

January 20 2012 at 3:01 PM

Asi  (Login Asimut)
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Last week I had the chance to compare these two models, the PAM 249, SE introduced at SIHH 2006 in 1936 pcs., and the PAM 448, SE introduced at SIHH 2012 in 500 pcs. The watches are quite similar: California dial, Plexiglass tropic and sapphire caseback. The differences are mostly due to the use of the in-house caliber P.3000 instead of the OP X (ETA 6497).

The Dial

PAM 448 (on the right) has a 'faded black' dial, vintage style. The color of the indices is identical with a very light faux patina. While the hands are the same size, the train ring on the 448 is painted a bit closer to the edge of the dial resulting in the wrong initial impression that the hands are shorter.


The Case

Due to the thickness of the P.3000 movement (5.3mm) the PAM 448 case is thicker than the PAM 249's which houses the 4.5mm thick ETA. The 448 case is a measured ~8mm compared to the 249 at 6.75mm. The caseback ring is also substantially thicker on the 448. The 448 crown has the 'logo' rather than the 'OP' on the 249 crown.

PAM 448 top, PAM 249 bottom


The Movement

One could argue that the ETA with its CDG finish has a more historic look (618 style) albeit the P.3000 is an exclusive movement with a longer PR.

PAM 249 right, PAM 448 left

Conclusion? Two fantastic historic PAMs, both are winners in my book happy.gifhappy.gifhappy.gif

Cheers and best from the holyland,


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