Quick Review: Brown Face, Titanium Case & Micro Rotor PAM 619!

Micro rotor. You had me at micro rotor. But a brown faced, titanium cased, automatic Panerai Radiomir with a 1940 crown is a whole lot of awesome, too.

This is definitely the thinnest Panerai I’ve ever owned or strapped on my wrist. And because it’s titanium (a combination of grade 2 and grade 5 titanium), you barely feel like it’s on your wrist. Put it on a nice strap with a decent tang (or pin as Paneristi like to call it) and it just floats on your wrist. Well, it floats as well as any 45mm watch can.

There are a couple of special things about this watch that I will cover in my full review. But the brown face has to be one of my favorites. It’s not a significant departure from the standard black face sandwich dial, but it does make a difference. Combine that with the slightly smaller crown and the brushed titanium case and a PAM-fan will notice immediately that this is something different.

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Panerai Radiomir 619 © 2017 Adam Brown

But it’s not until you turn it over that you really realize something interesting is going on here. See that micro-rotor? Yep – that’s one thing that helps this be one of the thinnest Panerai automatics you will find – and actually one of the thinnest PAMs overall at 3.95mm thick.

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Panerai Radiomir 619 © 2017 Adam Brown

So, this watch checks a lot of the boxes for what people want in a Panerai. Sandwich dial that glows like a Christmas tree? Check. Subsidiary seconds? Yep. Display back? Uh huh. But then it adds things like a micro-rotor and titanium case.

Did I wish it had the easy on/off strap system? Yep – as you can see in the pics the previous owner didn’t seem to know how to properly remove a strap and scratched the lugs. (ASIDE: It does have drilled lugs making it a bit easier to remove straps.) Did I wish it had more than 3 days power reserve? Sure – but adding a barrel would probably add to the thickness.

So, I’m liking the PAM 619. Hope you can check one out soon.


WHAT I LIKE:

  • Classic Panerai Radiomir styling
  • Brown dial
  • Micro-rotor

NOT SO MUCH:

  • No quick-strap changing
  • Crown is a little finicky

WATCH SPECIFICATIONS:

MODEL NAME: Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Titanio

REFERENCE NUMBER: PAM00619

MOVEMENT: Panerai Cal. P.4000

CASE SIZE: 45mm

WATER RESISTANCE: 100m

MANUFACTURER LINKhttp://www.panerai.com/en-us/collections/watch-collection/radiomir-1940/radiomir-1940-3-days-automatic-titanio—45mm_pam00619.html

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