Since moving from Panerai years ago I had mainly 40-42mm watches. When they announced the PAM682 I knew at some point I would get it. So as you know recently I got my hands on it and LOVED IT! So I thought. What I noticed are a few things.
1. When alternating from a 44mm down to a 42mm sub the difference was very noticeable. I thought 42mm was perfect but really enjoy the true 44mm sized Pam’s more.
2. The lume on the 682 is horrible in my opinion. It’s very faint and loses charge really quickly. This bothered me as in my opinion a dive watch should have two flawless features... lume and bezel action.
3. This brings me to my next point and one I could not get over. The Bezel action on the 682 is plain old not acceptable in my book. It had lots of play up and down and side to side. The action was possibly the worst out of any watch. It had these strange ratchet clicks that would always go over the marker then bounce back BUT not every time. It seriously felt like it was going to break off.
So I did what I normally do which is have the experience, gather some real life use cases and make a decision. In my case I have a great relationship with my AD and we worked out a deal on a 1024
The size is right, the bezel is FLAWLESS (maybe the best I have used other than a Rolex sub) and the lume is amazing. The distorted crystal is one of my favorites features as well.
The movement is not in house but they did change it to give it more power reserve and removed the valjoux 7750 wobble. It’s also COSC certified which the 9010 is not. Overall a workhorse.
Added bonus is it’s the same size as my other Panerai and I can easily use the same straps and buckles