Some thoughts about an old friend: Panerai PAM 199 Regatta.

Jul 20, 2021,13:28 PM
 

The PAM 199, the Submarsibe Regatta, was in my collection as soon as it was unveiled, in 2004. It was a limited edition of 500 pieces, and as every LE from Panerai, at that time, a quite hot model. 




The PAM 199 is a Submersible, with a dedicated case back, signed " Laureus Awards May 2004 " and a hobnail dial. 

If my memory serves me well, the dots are tritium while the hands and the " 12 " and " 6 " are luminova, hence the patina developed by the dots only. 

I sold it in 2006, because it was the en of my journey with Panerai at that moment, for different reasons, and because I added another Submersible which was a true killer, the PAM 64, aka the Bomba, issued in 2000, in a limited edition of 500 pieces as well. I also had the PAM 92, " Arktos " so called Mike Horn, limited to 500 pieces in 2004, which looked like a Submersible but which was, strangely, a Luminor. So, the competition was fierce among the Submersible offers. And I always had a problem with the date at 3 o' clock, which ruins the dial. A pity as I would have probably kept one of them, if the date was not there. 

Anyway, the Regatta had its own charm with its hobnail dial and its patina on the dots. A kind of sweetness which the two others ( Bomba and Arktos ) didn't have. 

The 44 mm case was perfect for me,  much less heavy than the Bomba which was thicker, too, and more comfortable then the Arktos because of its domed and engraved case back which is as beautiful as it is painful for th wrist. 

The BOMBA PAM 64: 


The Arktos PAM 92: 


Yes, when you compare these three, the Regatta was the more polyvalent, offered the best compromise among these three. It was water resistant enough, with 300 meters, and reliable, with its good old OP III movement which is an ETA, with a power reserve of 42 hours, which is good for an automatic movement.

As I said, I sold it in 2006, to a good friend of mine. 

I saw it on his wrist for the next 6 years. Then life separated us, since last week, when we met again. 

And what watch did he wear? The PAM 199! 

Here are the photos I could take with his kind permission: 







It is always a special moment when you see a good old friend again, after all these years. It is also a special moment when you see a watch which was dear to you, after such a long time.

Best,

Nicolas


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My pleasure, mon ami.

 
 By: amanico : July 20th, 2021-21:06

You might be right…too bad

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 21st, 2021-11:05

Starting to be too many indeed! So tempting to get them all!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 21st, 2021-20:47
I am still getting to know all the reference numbers and just figured out I can sort all the 47mm Pam on their website even if no longer current! So I saw a few more that would get the excitement vote!

Surprisingly yes! A good thing!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 21st, 2021-20:50

😎👌

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 21st, 2021-20:58

I am also a fan of the older submersibles.

 
 By: biw : July 23rd, 2021-13:50
I have a PAM24 and would love one of these examples.

You mean early example?

 
 By: amanico : July 23rd, 2021-14:43

Great Story and Pics!

 
 By: watchbiao : July 20th, 2021-18:13
I love reminiscing about that era of Panerai (early 2000's)!

Ah, the Submersible. My first Panerai love.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : July 20th, 2021-20:15
I bought my PAM25 in early 2004, I loved that watch. I remember the excitement of the hunt (at they all needed to be hunted at that time), and of the purchase. And the first day wearing it out and about in HK while on vacation. Similar patina to yours ove... 

My first two PAMs were titanium in large part because they were in my opinion a little more subtle.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : July 21st, 2021-00:37
44mm is 44mm, but to me I wanted to avoid a shiny (steel) 44mm. I came around to steel very quickly though, and even to 47mm. The Submersible is the watch I look for every year in Panerai’s new releases. Would love the 42mm Carbotech but I just can’t just... 

What is your top 3 loved Panerai?

 
 By: Gelato Monster : July 20th, 2021-23:09
Something you would have kept.

Agree with Pre Vendome Logo, MM but

 
 By: Gelato Monster : July 21st, 2021-13:44
I love 5218 slytech

Yours

 
 By: Gelato Monster : July 21st, 2021-17:29
Love this more than mare nostrum slytech ...