Wrist Ready! Panerai Straps Versatile Dimensions Decoded and More
December 12, 20238 min read
In the watch industry, Panerai is a distinguished brand, renowned for their precision engineering. These timepieces possess meticulous attention to detail in the movement that ensures accurate timekeeping. Also, they consistently push the boundaries of material innovation. From high-grade stainless steel to cutting-edge ceramic, precious metals and recycled "E-Steel", the choice of materials reflects a commitment to durability and aesthetic refinement.
Panerai empowers owners to customize their watch and match their outfit or mood simply by changing straps. Presenting MiLTAT's Pam Straps Collection, a curated ensemble of watch straps perfectly matched with Panerai timepieces.
Not only is Panerai known for its impeccable watches, but also for the unique nature of its straps. Panerai straps are a testament to unparalleled quaility and craftsmanship. But, are they interchangeable? Absolutely. Through the ingenious Panerai Interchangeable Strap System, enthusiasts can effortlessly personalize their timepieces by changing out straps. This feature adds versatility and allows owners to express their individual style, which elevates Panerai to a leading position in the watch industry. The brand empowers owners to customize their watch and match their outfit or mood simply by changing straps. This level of customization has been a hallmark of the brand and part of what has made Panerai so popular.
Panerai Strap Sizing
Fitting the right strap size for your Panerai watch can be confusing due to variations between models. To determine the width, measure where the existing strap attaches to the watch. This will be either 22mm, 24mm or 26mm wide.
For 40mm Panerai watches, use a 22mm wide strap. 44mm models require a 24mm strap. 45mm and 47mm watches need a 26mm wide strap.
Watch Strap Size
Panerai 40mm Luminor Case
22 mm strap
Panerai 42mm Luminor Case
22 mm strap
Panerai 44mm Luminor or Submersible
24 mm strap
Panerai 47mm Luminor or Submersible
26 mm strap
Panerai 45 or 47mm Radiomir (wire lugs)
26 mm strap
Additionally, 40mm watches have a 22/20mm strap width (22mm at watch, 20mm at buckle). 44mm watches are 24/22mm, while larger watches vary between 26/22mm, 26/24mm or 26/26mm depending on the buckle width. Check the ruler measurements of your existing buckle.
There are two main types of buckles - tang and deployant. Tang buckles function like pant belts with separate strap ends. Deployant buckles are like bracelets where you insert your hand. You cannot interchange the strap types - a tang strap won't work on a deployant buckle, but a deployant strap can be used with a tang buckle. Understanding these sizing details ensures getting the proper fit for your Panerai watch.
Understanding the sizing of Panerai straps is essential for a comfortable fit. The availability of various sizes, including the popular 24mm and 26mm widths, ensures that Panerai caters to a diverse range of wrist sizes.
Here are some examples of 24mm Panerai straps
Standard size of original Panerai strap commonly found in 7 buckle holes.
The XS size, being Extra Short, has only 5 or 6 buckle holes.
The XL size, being Extra Long, has 7 buckle holes as shown.
How Can I Effortlessly Change my Panerai Strap?
The Panerai Interchangeable Strap System, a marvel in itself, employs a special device for effortless strap and bracelet changes. For those eager to delve into the process, a simple two-pin mini tool is all it takes to switch between the popular 24mm and 26mm widths.
Changing a Panerai watch band is a straightforward process, and with the Panerai Interchangeable Strap System, it becomes even more convenient. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you replace your Panerai watch band:
Ensure you have the specialized Panerai tool designed for changing straps. This tool typically features two pin tips that fit into the small holes on the lugs.
On the back of the watch, near the lug area, you'll find a small quick-release lever. This is part of the Panerai Interchangeable Strap System.
Gently insert the two pins of the mini tool into the small holes on either side of the quick-release lever. Apply a slight and even pressure to engage the quick-release mechanism.
As you press the tool, the quick-release lever will release the current strap. Carefully slide out the old strap from the lugs.
With Panerai Interchangeable Strap System, users can easily change out straps, allowing for endless customization options.
Select a new strap you want to replace the old one with, ensuring it matches the lug width of your watch. Popular sizes include 24mm and 26mm.
Match the pinholes of the new strap with the corresponding lugs on the watch case. Gently slide the strap into place until you hear a click or feel it securely attach.
Once the new strap is in position, ensure it is securely attached by gently tugging on both ends. It should be snug and not easily dislodged.
Examine the watch to confirm that the new strap is aligned properly, and there are no gaps between the strap and the lugs.
Remember to handle your watch and the tool with care to avoid any scratches or damage. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with the process, it's always a good idea to have a professional at a Panerai boutique or authorized service center assist you with the strap change.
The Design Concept of the PAM Collection from MiLTAT
Imagine a Panerai enthusiast wearing a robust 44mm lug watch on a small 15.5cm wrist - a size mismatch that demands a thoughtful solution. Faced with this scenario, two options emerge: punching an extra hole into a standard strap or opting for the convenience of a short version.
The quandary arises when modifying a standard strap - an original Panerai strap in standard size appears impeccably matched to the watch, and the extra-short (XS) variant, with its limited 5 or 6 holes, may seem diminutive, often associated with a feminine aesthetic. The challenge of punching extra holes looms, potentially compromising the strap's original allure.
Now, here is where our special PAM collection comes into the picture. Addressing the challenge of wrist size variations, the PAM Collection introduces a thoughtful design concept. By subtly shifting the buckle holes closer to the lug, the collection caters to those who prefer perfection over punching extra holes in a standard strap. The first buckle hole, intentionally placed at 5.4cm away from the lug, offers a neat solution for a flawless fit. (The images shown in this article depict a model with an 18cm wrist wearing the strap in the 3rd holes.)
The Selection of Fine Leather
These straps come in fine leather only. The selection of French and Italian Crocodile patterns, reminiscent of the quality used by luxury brand Hermès, adds a touch of sophistication to these already exceptional timepieces. Moreover, the PAM collection is crafted from 316L stainless steel, a screw-in buckle that provides a secure and stylish closure for these exquisite straps.
French Leather Elegance
The PAM Collection proudly introduces fine French Leather, known for its exquisite top and lining quality. Derived from high-grade calf leather and subjected to a labor-intensive six-week tanning process, Barenia leather boasts a delicate, matte finish with a buttery smooth texture. This rare leather, synonymous with Hermès' equestrian division, now graces Panerai watches, offering a touch of luxury. The French leather straps keeper has fine embossed line.
This Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 47mm Bronzo PAM00507 is made even more striking with its exquisitely crafted black French Barenia leather watch strap. The supple leather feels luxuriously soft against the wrist, accentuating the rugged charm of the bronze case.
The 24mm black Barenia leather watch strap is an ideal choice for the Panerai PAM 1020, as it exhibits perfect proportion on wrist and harmonizes flawlessly with the watch's design. The luxuriously soft French leather accentuates the chronograph's sporty elegance.
The sporting panache of the left-handed Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM569 is enhanced by its supple brown Barenia leather watch strap. Crafted from premium French calfskin, the strap feels luxuriously soft and durable. A pairing that stays true to the heritage of these prominent tool watches through land and sea.
The Panerai Radiomir 10 Days GMT PAM323, with its adventurous spirit, finds its perfect match in the vibrant orange leather strap showcased on a model's hand. This inspiring combination beautifully represents Panerai's legacy of creating innovative tool watches for travelers in search of vibrant adventures.
Crafted from premium French calfskin, the strap has a luxurious feel and emits a subtle leather scent. Its fine stitching and finished details add a touch of luxury, while its flexibility and comfort make it freeing on the wrist. Whether tracking global zones or enjoying weekend escapes, this duo encourages exploration with distinction, practicality, and a sense of liberty.
Italian Crocodile Pattern Leather
The Italian Crocodile Pattern Leather in the PAM Collection exudes luxury with its finely textured reptilian motif reminiscent of exotic crocodile hides yet crafted from the finest vegetable-tanned Zermatt leather. Embracing the allure of Italian craftsmanship synonymous with heritage brands like Hermès whose bag linings often feature this leather, this leather linning transports the discerning client to a world of opulence and prestige with each wear. Each minute detail, from the meticulously textured pattern to the impeccable construction, elevates the duo to distinguished new heights, embodying the splendid appearance.
The sporty sophistication of the Panerai Submersible 1950 Depth Gauge PAM193 is accentuated by the supple black croco grain Italian leather watch strap from the Pam Collection. Crafted from high-quality leather sourced from Italy's renowned artisans, the strap is expertly constructed to perfectly fit the Panerai watch.
From the side view, the black croco pattern leather strap securely wraps around the wrist, accentuating its luxurious quality. Worn on the wrist, it enhances the sporty elegance of the Panerai Depth Gauge. As the model checks the dial by raising their wrist, the strap securely embraces their movements. This croco grain leather and Panerai pairing exude discerning opulence, embodying alluring heritage details and an association with esteemed brands.
Here comes once again, the robust 26mm-lugged PAM569 is accented by the rich dark brown croco leather strap from Pam Collection. Crafted with a sumptuous Zermatt lining and nuanced reptile pattern, the strap ensures a flawless fit.
The precise 24mm-lugged PAM 1020 chronograph is accompanied by the striking dark brown croco pattern strap. Honoring tradition, the Pam Collection invites appreciation of exquisite craftsmanship with every use. As flyback operates, the supple hide comfortably contours, integral to the exceptional timepiece. Through tailored excellence, the collection welcomes patrons into splendor.
The Strap Thread
The thread used in crafting these straps is Coats Gral, a lubricated polyester thread with superior strength and stretch characteristics. This ensures durability and an aesthetically pleasing finish. The use of Coats Gral thread in crafting Panerai straps underscores a commitment to quality. This lubricated polyester thread not only ensures durability but also contributes to the fine seams and attractive stitching seen in these luxurious accessories.
Pam Straps Collection Specifications
Spring Bar Holes: 2.0mm (for Panerai is 1.75mm)
Cut Strap Edge: Muscular yet elegant
Thickness: Approx. 3.0mm
Length: 125mm + 75mm
Holes: 7 holes, 4mm buckle tongue
Lug 26mm tapered to 22mm
Lug 24mm tapered to 22mm
Lug 22mm tapered to 20mm
MiLTAT's Pam Fine Straps Collection presents a delightful assortment of watch straps that pair with Panerai watches like a tempting candy box.
In conclusion, the Panerai redefines luxury watch straps, combining the finest leathers, meticulous craftsmanship, and innovative design concepts. Elevate your Panerai timepiece to new heights with our exquisite PAM collection of straps that seamlessly blend style and functionality.
Written by Victor, images by Toni and others as noted.