Should you want this movement and case size but with vintage styling, then the PAM590 is the choice, however, the P.5000 also comes at the 45mm Radiomir case for exactly the same price (CHF 5,700). All this is to say you have an unusually high number of alternative options to the PAM561 which makes it easier (or harder?) To locate one that matches your taste more. Add to this the countless strap options and you do get a ton of variations — maybe a few too many, even.Overall, the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is an enjoyable, if not exciting watch in the Panerai Luminor secure and I wouldn’t mind wearing for an even more extended time period. This noted, I don’t think it has everything going for it to be a keeper, more like a refreshing addition which you wear and then sell to move onto the next Panerai that tickles your fancy — since that is often how it functions, which isn’t always a bad thing.The utilization of materials in innovative and beneficial ways is your present “space race” in modern mechanical watches, also Panerai wishes to demonstrate that it is no slouch in this arena. In fact, the brand asserts that this decrease of friction must permit the motion to be “guaranteed for 50 years” because of the fact it does not need lubrication. I’ll get into the particulars of it a tiny bit more, but it is a interesting development that just 50 people will get to enjoy for today, since that is the number of bits which will be reached within this limited edition run.The Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch is able to create its own 50-year promise because of four innovations used from the new P.3001/C Calibre motion. The first of those innovations is that the use of dry lubricated barrels, in which the two mainspring barrels possess a multi-layer coating with a last layer of DLC. Then, there’s the silicon escapement which is predominantly made from silicon and also has an uppermost coating of DLC.
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 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.