SIHH is only a couple of weeks away – so until then, here’s an interesting Pre-SIHH 2017 release from Panerai.
Introducing the forthcoming, PANERAI Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio PAM00685 & PAM00687.
These mightn’t be divers watches by today’s standards but these two new Radiomirs can trace their ancestry right back to one of Panerai’s earliest Italian Naval watches.
That watch known as the Type A was a water-resistant watch created by Guido Panerai in the late-1930s for the Regia Marina.
It was also supplied to German Navy Assault Swimmers AKA Kampfschwimmers. In those days Rolex was already an industry leader with their patented water-proof cases, so –
unsurprisingly, Panerai turned to them for one of the legendary Oyster cases for the Radiomir and to power it, a 17 jewel mechanical movement also by Rolex.
So Rolex, a British company were actually supplying watches to the enemy – bit of weird one that – not sure Churchill would have approved!
While the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio PAM00685 & PAM00687 were inspired by an historic model, they are of course brimming with the very latest Panerai-tech.
However, one cool feature in particular, the crystal has gone old school with a low-tech solution a Perspex crystal just like the one used by the Radiomir Type A.
Another cool feature is the fixed bezel which has been engraved with some text reading ‘Officine Panerai Brevettato’, a reference to Panerai’s historic patented luminous material which was used for the Type A’s California sandwich dial’s markers and brass hands.
Today power comes not from Rolex but courtesy of Panerai’s in-house P.3000 caliber, which has a power-reserve of 3 days.
Ref. PAM00685, comes with a matte black sandwich dial while Ref. PAM00387 has a tropic-style, faded Radium-colored dial – which is kinda how one would might look today after decades of degrading.
Not digging this - check out the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT POLE2POLE.