Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio Replica,its 47mm case diameter is perfectly on brand; its highly legible, superbly executed sandwich dial is one of the best in the business; the story behind the model and the pains taken to implement eco-strategies into the manufacturing process is inspired; and the redesign of the unidirectional bezel appeals to my anti-chromatic tastes.
As for those exceptions: screen printing on the underside of the sapphire crystal is a personal pet peeve because it messes with my focus when I glance at the dial. I’m also not a huge fan of the style of the main strap, although do respect Panerai Replica for trying something new with an eco-friendly material. The spare rubber strap would be the one for me, though.
This is a strong offering from a brand that can sometimes be limited by the success of their core case silhouette. Crucially, both iterations of the Panerai Submerisble Replica Watches edition have character. It’s clearly Panerai, but it’s also clearly different. I much prefer the PAM00985 with the blue lume, because I feel it has a more modern look, which, in my opinion, suits the case dimensions much better.