An il­lus­tri­ous his­tory lies be­hind two new time­pieces from Of­ficine Pan­erai.

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The year was 1940. The place, Florence. There, within the Of­ficine Pan­erai work­shops lay a freshly minted watch case, de­signed for the de­mands of the Ital­ian navy’s com­man­dos. Called the Ra­diomir 1940, this tough cre­ation had evolved from a case made in 1936, known as the Ra­diomir. Now, it had a stur­dier and more se­cure strap, with a softer cush­ion-shaped out­line, larger wind­ing crown and thicker frame.

The Ra­diomir 1940 case be­came so iconic that it in­flu­enced an­other model, the Lu­mi­nor, which was re­leased a few years later. Fast for­ward to the present day, and the new Ra­diomir 1940 3 Days ver­sion ex­udes the same rugged charm, only that it’s thin­ner and up­dated with the lat­est ad­vances in horol­ogy.

Take the hand-wound me­chan­i­cal move­ment, vis­i­ble through the sap­phire- crys­tal win­dow at the back. Made with 162 com­po­nents, the P.3000 cal­i­bre has a power re­serve of three days. A spe­cial de­vice al­lows the hour hand to be ad­justed in one-hour jumps, so that the progress of the minute hand isn’t af­fected.

The sand­wich dial also has two plates with luminous ma­te­rial in-be­tween for more bright­ness and bet­ter leg­i­bil­ity, a mod­ern ver­sion of an orig­i­nal de­sign by Of­ficine Pan­erai in the 1930s. While the case shape is sim­i­lar to what it was in 1940, it is now made of ei­ther a spe­cial grade of cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant stain­less steel, or rose gold – an al­loy with cop­per and plat­inum – to pre­vent ox­i­da­tion.

Part of Of­ficine Pan­erai’s His­toric Col­lec­tion, the Ra­diomir 1940 3 Days and the Ra­diomir 1940 3 Days Oro Rosso come with a black leather strap and brown al­li­ga­tor strap re­spec­tively.

Ra­diomir 1940 3 Days ( Ref: PAM00514) 47mm pol­ished steel case with sap­phire- crys­tal back and screw- down wind­ing crown

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