Panerai PAM1314 GEN, VS & TTF Comprehensive Comparison
Hello everyone, this is Steve, I'm back.
We have done a lot of comparison posts since last year, most of them are about Rolex models. This time, we finally came to my favorite tough guy style brand - Panerai.
There are many models of Panerai, so I had to choose PAM1314 as the protagonist of this comparison according to my personal preference.
Although it is also a large-sized watch with a diameter of 44 mm, I think the overall feeling of wearing 1314 is not particularly rough.
The white dial adds a touch of softness to it, making it both tough-guy and elegant. To use a Chinese idiom to describe it, it can be described as "hardness and softness".
Well, it seems to be a bit off topic, let’s cut the crap and get started!
By the way, there is a black rubber strap gave away with the watch from VSF, while TTF does not come with a extra rubber strap.
Photos under lights
We could see clearly that the dial color of GEN is pure white, while VSF is slightly yellowish milky white, and the graininess of TTF dial is too obvious,
which can be clearly distinguished by naked eyes. Therefore, relatively speaking, VSF is better, although there is a certain color difference, it is within the acceptable range.
For the overall bezel shape and edge chamfered treatment, both VSF and TTF factories have handled them very well, basically no difference from GEN.
View of the corner position of the case
In terms of the polishing of brushed lines of the case, both factories’ performance are still very good, their polishing is very delicate.
In addition, we can notice that the section edge of the GEN case is not very smooth (the side lines looks a bit sharp), TTF is the same, fortunately,
it does not scratch your hands when you touch. Instead, VSF polished very smooth in this part.
Crystal Side View
From the side level of crystal, TTF and GEN are the same. VSF is slightly different, mainly in the narrower thickness of the upper chamfered edge.
Dial Markers and Digitals View
As a classic feature design of Panerai, the skeleton dial scale does look very individual.For the number’s shape, there is no big problem of VSF and TTF.
If you zoom in on the picture, there are slight flaws on the edges in some position, but the edges of GEN are not very smooth as well.
In addition, there is a small issue with VSF, the side section can be clearly seen when looking at the numbers from the front, but it is not noticeable under naked eye observation.
For the color of luminous fill, both factories are different with GEN, The grey of VSF is lighter, while the grey of TTF is darker.
The second hand of GEN uses a solid central axle, while VSF and TTF are skeleton. In addition, we can notice that at the tip of the second hand, both factories are flat, which is called scissors hand in our country.
Mimeograph Font View
In general, the mimeograph fonts on the dial of both factories are handled well, there is no obvious difference between good and bad in this part.
Relatively speaking, in terms of the stick treatment of the small second dial, the flatness of VSF is better.
Hands Luminous Fill View
For the luminous color of the hands, there are differences between the two factories and GEN.
VSF is a bit yellowish, while TTF is a bit gray. The graininess presented by hands is still very obvious.
In addition, we can notice that the hour and minute hands of both factories are also scissor needles (that is, the tip is flat)
Hands Middle Axle View
Unlike Rolex models, Panerai's middle axle is closed. For the top of the middle axle, VSF and GEN are consistent,
while TTF has flaws. The surface of TTF is completely different from GEN, it has a spiral pattern, this part should be improved, because under the naked eye, the surface texture is very clear.
Calendar Window View
For the treatment of the four corners of the window, the factories have adopted obvious rounded corners, while GEN is almost at right angles. Although there are differences between factories and GEN, in my opinion, this is not a big problem. What do you think?
Crown and Crown Guard View
For the overall shape and internal structure of the crown guard, the factories are basically consistent with GEN.
However, we can observe the connection between the end of the crown guard and the case in the last two pictures, and find that GEN has adopted a horizontal corner treatment.
VSF also takes this part into consideration, but the horizontal distance is a bit longer. TTF ignores the treatment of this part.
In addition, by observing the actual calendar font, we can find that the font of VSF is slightly larger than GEN, while TTF is closer to GEN in size. However, VSF's font regularity is better, while the edge overflow of TTF factory's font is very serious.
Case Side View
The side shape of the cases from both factories are excellent, and the surface brushed lines is also in consistent with GEN, very delicate.
However, for the lugs, TTF is a bit different from GEN. Let’s look at the side of the crown first. The lugs of TTF are notched, while GEN are smooth. On the other side, the lug holes of TTF are obviously smaller.
Case Back View
For the gap between the case back and case, TTF is a bit bigger, VSF is better, at least it doesn’t looks so obvious, even for physical observation, it is same like the photo.
The screws on the lugs of TTF are also different from GEN, there are clear lines on the surface.
Engraving of Case Back View
For the overall shape and depth of the engraving, the treatment of both factories is quite good, just different from the GEN in color.
Strap Details View
The strap color of GEN is a darker brown, while VSF and TTF are lighter. In terms of feel, the two factories are similar, but the strap of TTF is thicker.
On the printing of the shorter section of the strap, VSF and GEN are consistent, while TTF has the extra word ‘officine’. On the other side,
GEN is an embossed pattern, but the two factories are not synchronize this part , and they are still embossed fonts.
Panerai's super luminous light is really good, and the luminous color of the two factories is the same as GEN.
Since we didn't open the caseback of GEN, there is no pictures of the movement. Here we will simply talk about the movements of the two factories.
As we all know, VSF was able to quickly seize this market when they launched the Panerai model because of the advantages of its movement.
VSF uses a P9000 custom-made movement (modified on the Asian 7750 movement), this movement realizes the quick-adjustment function of the hour hand in the first notch,
which is consistent with GEN. The whole series of VS Panerai uses the P9000 movement, the P9001 and P9010 movements are all uses the P9000 movement as basic and changing the engraving.
TTF also uses the 7750 movement, but there is no change in the function. The first notch is quick-adjust the calendar directly, which is different from GEN.
Data Comparison View
Note: All measurements are in a clamped state, and there may be tolerance due to slight deviations in the position of the caliper.
Well, this is today’s post, thank you guys for browsing, if there are any mistakes, please correct me. If there is anything else I overlooked, you can put it up, and I will try my best to do it complementary and comprehensive, welcome to comment and exchange!
I will continue to bring you more detailed comparisons between replicas and GEN, which is also to help you guys to better choose your favorite replica models.
Note: Some photos deviate from the real object due to the angle of the light. The details are mainly written in text. The size of the comparison picture is relatively large. You can download it and enlarge it for comparison.
There is no perfect replica, only your favorite replica.