The Luminor differs from a Luminor Marina in that a Luminor has no seconds hand whereas a Luminor Marina has a small seconds hand. Now, a Luminor 1950 has an entirely different case to a Luminor. The “standard” Luminor has a “boxy” case whereas the Luminor 1950 has a sensational cushion-shaped case.
The Replica Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM00359 is a 44mm steel Luminor with the 1950 case and a high-end, in-house calibre P.9000 movement. This is a bold and in-your-face watch, my friends.
It is NOT a typical Panerai. It differs to most Luminor 1950. It has a polished case, whereas the 312, 321, 351, etc. all have brushed cases. The obvious difference is the 11-numeral dial whereas most PAM have 3 or 4 cardinal numerals with “sticks” marking 5, 10, etc. There are a few Panerai with the 11-numeral dial, but it’s not typical. It does have a sandwhich, so that’s important. But it also has a “dirty dial”, in other words, the color of the luminous lower layer of the sandwhich dial (i.e. the numerals) is a sandy vintage color. On most Panerai, this is a greenish color. Personally, I think the dirty dial is far nicer and allows that nice combo with a tan strap such as the assolutamente. The polished case is nice and high-impact, but the brushed case is more rugged looking and more “Panerai”.
The 44mm width is not excessive but the 1950 case sits very high on the wrist. This was a main selling feature for me — the wrist presence is huge. Could you find more wrist presence on another piece? Yes. But you’d spend 3 times as much and the difference would be marginal. The cushion-shaped 1950 case stands out and screams for attention.