Panerai's two new models both fall into the Luminor 1950 Titanio, the only difference is that these are DLC coated. The full name of both watches are the Luminor 1950 Titanio DLC. While you can probably figure this out from the name, both watches have cases made of titanium and are coated in diamond-like carbon, basically another form of PVD, just stronger.
While the PAM 617 follows convention with it's widely-recognized dial, the designers at Panerai chose to fit the PAM 629 with a California dial. This dial has been used on Panerai watches in the past (including the watch ever produced) and is easily recognizable thanks to it's half roman numeral, half arabic markers. In keeping with the vintage feel of the watches, both have aged-looking superluminova. The new watches are not for the feint of heart. Both have broad, 47mm cases that will seem even larger given the easily recognizable crown guard that is found on Luminor cases. Despite their size and tank-like appearance, both watches are water resistant to just 100m, not that you'd want to wear an $11,700 USD watch diving. Both watches are fitted with Panerai's in-house P.3000 movement (that features a 3-day power reserve, among other things) and come on brown leather straps.
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