Aside from the motion, the situation silhouette, which sandwich dial, another signature element of the Luminor family of watches is the fact that lever-operated safety system for dogging the crown down. This system is simple, powerful, and clever. The curved locking lever includes a small roller on the end of the which, when you lock it down, presses on the wafer-shaped crown against a gasket in the crown tube, sealing the watch. It is more elaborate than a screw-down crown, but it features a very positive method for ensuring water stays out of this situation and it is a great alternative to the somewhat fiddly sense of a screwed-down crown (and there’s no risk of cross-threading either, as sometimes happens with watches whose crowns are screwed into place). Another big benefit of this locking lever is it’s just plain fun to play with, and although to do so too much is kind of against the spirit of the watch (the entire point of the eight day movement was to reduce to a minimum the amount of time the crown is in an unlocked position) in precisely the exact same time you will likely discover the impulse to play it irresistible.Despite the size, this is one of those easiest-to-wear watches I’ve ever had on. As a result of the thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness in the lugs to the tip, it seems really secure and it is a pleasure to get on. The best thing about it, aside from the chance to play with all the locking lever, is your dial; this thing glows like a harvest moon.This is a tiny private note; my first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, glowing like mad in 1968, so any watch that lighting up the night that the way PAM 560 does is okay by me. The movement is a far better piece of work than I gave it credit for originally. It is honest, it appears bulletproof and it has plenty of really nice chronometric features difficult to find at this price, and if you want something with the total amount of style the PAM 560 has that also includes a free sprung balance and 8 times of gasoline in the tank it’s a very small list. I’m a late convert to the Panerai faithful and I am not saying that there are not other watches out there with this price point that don’t offer a wonderful value as well — but then again, they are not Panerais.
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 Ranking 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.