Perhaps the biggest Watches & Wonders news out of the copy Panerai camp this year was the nearly 100% recycled e-LAB ID Submersible — an open-sourced halo watch whose aim was to prove that the future of circular manufacturing in a more wholly sustainable watch industry wasn’t far away. But at $60,000, it’s an expensive concept piece that’s well out of reach for all but the most well-heeled and eco-conscious of Paneristi.
For all the rest of us, top quality copy Panerai Luminor also debuted a line of more traditional Luminor watches built around recycled “E-Steel” stainless steel cases — and you’ll be pleased to learn that the price points for all three of these new manufacture calibre-equipped references come in at under $9,000.
If we’re talking design codes, the new Swiss movement fake Panerai E-Steel references follow a very tried-and-true footprint: the 44mm 1950-style case whose sandwich dial is characterized by a running seconds indicator just inside the 9 o’clock hour marker, 300 meters of water resistance, and a P.9010 in-house-manufactured automatic movement. Oh, and the brand signature: that infamous crown protector, whose locking lever now bears the same “E-Steel” logo as the wordmark at 6 o’clock.
I personally don’t mind the designation, though maybe it would have been best left on just the case itself since that’s the component actually made from recycled steel? Early chatter on social media also decried its resemblance to the Internet Explorer logo (for what it’s worth, I’d actually thought it looked more like my Volvo’s “Drive-E” eco-mode symbol), but regardless of your stance on what the “e” actually looks like, I think most dyed-in-the-wool luxury replica Panerai fans prefer as little information on their dials as possible, and nothing short of the PAM 721’s period-correct minimalism will ever be enough.
Model: Luminor Marina E-Steel PAM1356 (Verde Smeraldo), PAM1358 (Grigio Roccia), PAM1157 (Blue Profondo)
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Case Material: Recycled “E-Steel”
Movement: Panerai P.9010 (hours, minutes, date, small seconds)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power Reserve: 3 Days
Strap/Bracelet: Recycled PET nylon with pin buckle
Price & Availability: $8,700 USD, available Fall 2021