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An illustrious history lies behind two new timepieces from Officine Panerai.
ICON: RADIOMIR 1940
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