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


Let us talk about caliber P.5000 to get a minute. It’s a significant motor: two mainspring barrels which you may readily see running in both big stones, providing eight days of running time at 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in string, pushing torque through a very classically organized going train, with the centre wheel visible via a large cutout from the plate. I guess technically speaking we would have to call this a 3/4 plate motion as the third wheel bridge is not actually a bridge in the usual sense of the term, but instead the result of producing the cutout. This cutout in addition to the form of the major plate around the balance give a really aesthetically pleasing, but still utilitarian effect, which is totally appropriate for what was, after all, originally intended to be a tool watch, plain and simple. The going train is organized so the fourth wheel is just opposite the crown, which can be precisely where you’d find it into a pocket watch, and if you want a small seconds dial in which it might have been in one of the Angelus pocket opinion powered Panerais all you need to do is run the fourth wheel pivot through the dial and put a hand on it (which was exactly what Panerai did together with the PAM 510).The balance, which can be held in place by a very solid looking bridge, seems a little small for the movement but then again, that is probably only because the motion’s so big; at 15 3/4 lignes, or just about 35.7 mm, it is a pocket — observe rather than a wristwatch grade (unless you’re in the bigger-than-average-wristwatch business, that Panerai manifestly is). Overall, we think it’s an impressive bit of work — we’ve used the word hardy and sturdiness is really much the takeaway impression one has of this P.5000. Interestingly, incidentally, the P.5000 includes a free-sprung, adjustable mass balance, which is a really wonderful touch, particularly at this price point — if you look carefully at what seems like the regulator you’ll see that it’s really not a regulator, but a stud carrier (that is, the carrier for the stud to what the outer terminal of the balance spring is attached). The screws holding the balance bridge set up run through threaded collars on the bridge and may be employed to correct end-shake (the quantity of vertical “play” between the ends of the balance staff as well as the endstones of the shock-jewel assembly.

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 Keeps Stopping 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.