Let us talk about caliber P.5000 to get a minute. It is a significant engine: two mainspring barrels that you can readily see running in the two large jewels, providing eight times of running time in 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in string, pushing torque via a very classically arranged going train, together with the center wheel visible via a large cutout in the plate. I suppose technically speaking we would need to call this a 3/4 plate movement as the next wheel bridge is not really a bridge in the typical sense of this word, but rather the result of creating the cutout. This cutout in addition to the shape of the major plate around the balance give a very aesthetically pleasing, but nevertheless pragmatic impact, which is totally suitable for what was, after all, initially meant to be a tool watch, plain and simple. The moving train is organized so that the fourth wheel is exactly opposite the crown, which is exactly where you would locate it in a pocket watch, and if you would like a small seconds dial in which it would have been in one of the Angelus pocket watch powered Panerais all you have to do is conduct the wheel pivot through the dial and put a hand on it (which was exactly what Panerai Watches Qatar Replica did with all the PAM 510).The balance, which is held in place by a really solid looking bridge, seems somewhat small for the movement but then again, that’s probably just because the movement’s so big; at 15 3/4 lignes, or just about 35.7 mm, it is a pocket — observe as opposed to a wristwatch caliber (unless you are in the bigger-than-average-wristwatch business, that Panerai manifestly is). In general, we think it’s an impressive piece of work — we’ve used the term hardy and sturdiness is very much the takeaway belief one has of this P.5000. The screws holding the balance bridge in place run through threaded kayaks onto the bridge and may be used to correct end-shake (the amount of vertical “play” between the ends of the equilibrium staff and 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 2 Watch Set 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.