To the casual observer, the addition of Panerai’s “Marina Militare” wordmark to a dial might not carry much significance – but to Paneristi die-hards, it’s a significant hat tip to the brand’s origins with Italian Navy commandos, and a subtle detail that references some of the most iconic dive watches ever made.
Technically speaking, a shot-for-shot remake of the original Marina Militare-issued watches would be rendered in Panerai Radiomir series replica watches case (sans crown guard), but this treatment already exists in the PAM587. However, apparently the detail was too good for just the Radiomir, as Panerai continues to ride the nü-vintage tide by replicating the 587 dial and dropping the same P.3000 manual-winding movement in a fully modernized 47mm stainless steel Luminor case that’s water resistant to 100 meters. The end result is the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM673) – the most current evolution of the original Militare-issued watches.
Before getting too spun up in the minutia of what sets one Panerai high quality fake watches apart from the next, think of the Tudor “Black Bay” for a moment. Each is a fully modern dive watch whose language and design intent pays homage to a comparable era of military-spec watchmaking. Simply swap out “Rotor Self-Winding” for “Marina Militare” on the dial, and you start to get the picture.
That said, it could probably be argued that Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days permutation replica watches are about as faithful as it gets to the source material. In fact, if you were to ask anyone with a passing familiarity with Panerai watches to draw one from memory, you’d probably be presented with an example looking a lot like the PAM673, which manages to pack in all the classic signatures – from the oversized case and patented crown-locking mechanism to the luminous, time-only sandwich dial.