Typical Panerai treats comprise the reassuringly snappy crown guard lever — which I needed to fiddle with if I had a brief moment to spare in a queue or on public transportation. It is a thing I find myself reaching and disappointedly not discovering following strapping on different watches. Also appreciated was the 24mm lug width which opens up a virtually infinite supply of strap options.Panerai will market you calf and buffalo leather straps from CHF 220 going around CHF 360 to get alligator ones. But honestly, at this point, there’s such a vast choice of aftermarket straps which you would be tremendously encouraged to store around there (and support those men, too). If anything, this black-on-black option I think is somewhat safe and boring, especially because this white dial version is about more vibrant colors and forcing regular, safe aesthetics into the side a bit. Apart from appearances, wearability is as great as it always is with a Panerai, since the watch is kept company and protected thanks to its ample width, thickness, and rigidity of the strap along with its enormous, Panerai-marked pin buckle.The dial is more peculiar not just in its color but also in its markings, together with Arabic numerals all around (unlike your more average Panerai dials that just have numerals for 12, 3, 6, and 9 with baton markers everywhere else) and an additional and, again, rarer 60-minute monitor on the periphery. All them are painted on the dial’s surface since the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 includes a solid dial in contrast to the famed Panerai sandwich dial.
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.