I’ve encountered my second Carbotech watch this month. The initial one was the PAM 979, whereas the present one bears the reference PAM 1616. Both belong to Panerai’s latest Submersible models unveiled during the 2019 SIHH. Remarkably, high-quality replicas of Panerai watches are now available in the market, a fortunate circumstance for enthusiasts like us. VS consistently leads the way as the primary factory to produce replicas whenever new Panerai watches are introduced each year. It’s worth acknowledging that VS, formerly known as KW, boasts a rich history in crafting Panerai replicas and consistently manages to astonish us in this specialized field.
Similar to Noob factory’s renowned models like the Submariner 116610LN and Daytona Super Clone 4130, the VS factory has its own iconic releases, including the PAM 441, PAM 438, PAM 382, and more. I anticipate that the PAM 1616 will soon join this distinguished list.
This particular replica is crafted with authentic Carbotech material, mirroring the genuine PAM 1616. Despite its substantial 47mm size and 17mm thickness, the watch maintains a surprisingly lightweight feel due to the use of this carbon material. The case, bezel, and lugs showcase distinctive patterns, with the bezel featuring a blue pearl and blue markings between 0 and 15.
In contrast to the blue color scheme featured on the PAM 1616, I personally prefer the white and black elements of the PAM 979. This particular style, with blue accents on the lume bezel pearl, hour markers, and hands, doesn’t quite resonate with my taste as it gives the watch a somewhat ostentatious appearance.
The black dial incorporates skeletonized hour and minute hands with a blue lume coating on their tips. The thick application of blue lume on the hour markers and hands ensures a long-lasting and impressive glow in low-light conditions. Similar to the authentic PAM 1616, the replica effectively captures the essence of having two distinct lume sources on the dial.