I think it is worth pointing out that one of the most outstanding details about vintage Panerai watches is that Rolex only made somewhere around 300 watches in total, which is astounding if you think about it. It stands testament to the brilliant artisanship of the Italian Panerai company, and their ability to push the envelop so hard. Think about this for a second. This article is about the new limited-edition Panerai PAM 587, which was produced in what many would consider to be a very small quantity of 1000 pieces for the international market, yet that is 700 more pieces that the vintage Panerai produced from 1935 to 1955!!! More than three times to be exact!!! And that is what makes Panerai so genuinely fascinating, is the fact they created so many different variants over such a long period of time. The other supreme irony is that these watch designs are as avant-garde today as they were back when they were originally designed. This fact continually blows my mind!!!!!
The photo below shows me years ago wearing the original Rolex Made Panerai 6152/1, which had a "Marina Militare" dial designation. This is the exact vintage 1952 Panerai the 2014 PAM00587 is based upon. Just to by crystal-clear, this is a photo from years ago, wearing an original Rolex made vintage Panerai, and not the new one it is based upon.
The photo below shows an original Rolex made Radiomir Panerai 3646, next to the Rolex made Radiomir 6152/1. This photo speaks volumes on the design evolution of the cushion case from having soldiered lugs to fixed lugs.
Just to be clear on the the difference, the Reference 3646 with the soldiered lugs required the leather strap to have to be sewn around and onto the lugs!!! So in order to remove or switch the strap, you would have to cut one strap off, and sew on another. With the advent of fixed lugs, you could simply pop-off the spring pins, and easily swap straps. Talk about going from the Flintstones to the Jetsons!!!
The photo below is James who is an industrial designer who worked for a company I own named BulletTrain. Today James works for Tesla in Northern California. This wrist-shot offers another perspective on what the original 6152/1 that the PAM587 is based upon looks like (complete with 'Marina Militare' dial designation).
In the days and weeks to come, we will be doing an in-depth review of this instant-classic limited-edition Panerai. The photo below of the 587 is on the best I have seen so far. You can learn much more about this beauty from the first preview article I wrote on the PAM 587.