Hands-On With The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio PAM587 (With Photos And Price) Japanese Movement Replica


All the finishing appears to be machine-produced, but the edges of these plates and the countersinks are nicely beveled and polished nevertheless — adding a little flair to an otherwise quite technical looking movement. The P.5000 also contains an impressively low variety of components at just 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably would have been a nice element but would certainly have driven up the cost and added more complexity. So, in this case and paired with the 192-hour power book, I didn’t miss it much.Price for the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, that is CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, that has essentially the exact same dial (different lume colour and base logo at 6) but the OP I (ETA 6497) hand-wound movement instead of the P.5000. In other words, the P.5000 with its 8-day power reserve will run you an extra CHF 1,200 which, for anyone familiar with Swiss luxury watch pricing practices, actually is not that large of a jump.Sticking with the P.5000, Panerai has a vast assortment of choices to the PAM561 including the exact same watch with a black dial (PAM560) in addition to a titanium-clad version (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.

Panerai‘s history in watchmaking essentially boils down to two models: the wire-lug Radiomir of the thirties and the later Luminor with its signature crown locking mechanism that came in the subsequent decade. But in between the two was a transitional model, essentially a Luminor without the crown locking device. That timepiece is the basis for the whole Radiomir 1940 collection, including the brand new Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days Acciaio PAM00587.

Modelled on the Radiomir reference 6152/1, the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare is feels just like a Luminor 1950 PAM372 with the crown lock mechanism removed. It looks and feels historically correct, right down to the “double pencil” gilt hands.

“Marina Militare” is a phrase that excites many a Panerai Watch Diameter Replica enthusiast as several times in the past Panerai stated, without exceptions, that the phrase would no longer be used on its timepieces as it belonged to the Italian Navy. But “Marina Militare” inexplicably makes its way to the dial here.

As with most of Panerai’s vintage-remake limited editions, the text is engraved and filled with lacquer. And the dial has a sandwich construction, consisting of a lower dial plate covered with luminous material and an upper plate with cutouts for the hour markers.

The case is polished steel and 47 mm in diameter, a high, domed Plexiglas crystal. Though it appears to be a simple form at first glance, the case is carefully shaped, especially in the lugs and flanks. It is obviously made in two steps, first by stamping out the rough form, and then milled to get the details.

Visible on the back is the P.3000 movement. Though finished simply and mechanically  the P.3000 has features that point towards stable, accurate timekeeping, including twin barrels and a large, free-sprung balance wheel.

Notably the Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare features a newly developed leather strap that has the OP logo stamped on both ends of the strap – it looks silly but fortunately Panerai straps are a breeze to swap with thousands of options available.

The Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare is a special edition of 1000 numbered pieces with a price of US$10,100. Panerai typically has a habit of making new editions based on successful, ostensibly limited models, and it remains to be seen if this Radiomir 1940 will be a one-off.