From a strictly military standpoint, wearing a white dial dive watch on a assignment would possibly cause your fellow commando soldiers to smack you in the back of the mind. But exactly what exactly the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 lacks in historical accuracy and stealth capabilities it makes up for by being one of the cheaper, in-house-movement-equipped and refreshing-looking options in a sea of dull blue and black dial watches.Panerai may be a brand of only a few of — admittedly quite similar — ranges, yet it still is just one among few which come with an almost unearthly power in attracting their first-time client back for one more model… and then another, and another, and so on. Therefore, I don’t think the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a typical “first Panerai” — for this, have a look at our Price of Entry informative article on the most affordable Panerai you can buy.I chosen the PAM561 specifically because I wanted to review a Panerai that is not a clear alternative but something one could in fact end up considering after looking at the current production line-up of the brand. Clad in a 44mm-wide Luminor instance, it’s a simple, legible, and one of Panerai watches, competitively priced offering which also packs a more unusual hand-wound, in-house-made movement having an 8-day power reserve.Being the simple watch it’s, there isn’t much pizzazz to get distracted by. But that only means that the fewer number of consequently more prominent elements need to work together all the greater — and, with a single notable gripe notwithstanding they do.To this day, I remain positively baffled by how ingenious this Luminor case design is, particularly in 44mm where proportions with the dial elements I find more spot on than the 47mm. The larger case is proportionate but often too large to work nicely with the dialup, in my view.
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 Watches San Jose 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.