The typical Panerai PAM 232 Radiomir 1938 replica watch was released as a special limited edition, one-time production of only 1,938 pieces for the “I series” in 2006. As a tribute to the original, all of these watches have sandwich dials and solid stainless steel casebacks. As a special edition release, the protocol was to retire the unique Panerai PAM 232 Radiomir 1938 replica watch reference number after its initial release in 2006.
In the case of the affordable Panerai PAM 232 Radiomir 1938 replica watch, Panerai quietly and discreetly re-released a very limited number of PAM 232 models as a special OOR series of only 40 watches. The PAM 232 OOR was originally sold circa 2009, several years after the initial release of the Pam 232-I series. This watch represents a rare and unique find seldom seen available for sale in the secondary market.
OOR watches refer to limited micro-edition releases of discontinued or one-time-release Special Edition Panerai watches. The rare Panerai OOR watches are typically released several years after the initial release or the discontinuance of a particular PAM reference number. Just to clarify, there are no hard or fast rules as to OOR watches being produced exclusively for regular editions or special editions, and this is confirmed by the fact that there are OOR models that are both regular and special editions.
The very limited Panerai OOR replica watches are offered in very small batches of typically 25 to 50 pieces, and they are usually distributed on an exclusive basis primarily through the Panerai boutique distribution channel. The Panerai boutiques use OOR watches to leverage customer relationships, affinity and repeat business by offering their top clients right of first refusal on these watches. These elegant and historical Panerai PAM 232 Radiomir 1938 replica watches are a unique anomaly exclusive to Panerai and represent a unique “quirk” within the contemporary history of the brand.