Attached to the Luminor Submerisble 1950 BMG-TECH case is an easy black rubber diving-style strap. If you didn’t know better, you’d almost think Panerai desired to be more discreet about why it was using this particular type of case material. The Panerai site itself does discuss bulk metallic glass in a technical way, but kind of fails to get to the stage with their message on why consumers might choose the material. More so, the PAM 692 isn’t part of a limited edition, so it means Panerai is officially curious to see how the substance does in the current market and is amenable to expanding generation. Special edition watches that are only sold in theaters or produced in limited amounts are a fantastic way for watch brands to get fans and watch lovers excited. Exclusivity is often a large deciding factor in regards to a watch purchase, and there is no greater method of creating exclusivity than by releasing a wristwatch in limited numbers and especially in a colorway or design that collectors yearn for. Few watch manufacturers are as adept at this match as Panerai is, having had a string of hits with previous special edition watches. There is the mythical Luminor 1950 PAM 127 “Fiddy” out of 2002; and more lately, the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare or PAM 587 from 2014.
As you’ve guessed by now, this is the point where the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic PAM674 comes into the picture. The PAM674 is marketed on a black leather strap — the most boring strap in all of strap history as well as one which really does little justice to the watch, though it is, admittedly, a wonderful back-up if you want to wear it using formal attire. So, after placing it on to ease my conscience, then I removed the black strap. Drilled lugs are appreciated and, in this instance, work better aesthetically than the big, screw-secured pins. The strap I set up is an obsolete, tan leather strap that really transformed the appearance of the watch.All this was to des