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


Panerai returns once more to what they call “Our Ocean” . But if you’re more on-point using the background of Panerai than that of this planet, you’ll understand that Mare Nostrum has been the title of the company’s very first chronograph, reportedly designed for deck officers at the Italian Navy.As you would imagine, given the reputation of mid-20th century Panerai, and the dreadful circumstances of World War II, the first Mare Nostrum prototype proved to be a proper monstrum of a watch. For starters, it measured some 52mm wide, and was named Mare Nostrum following the phrase first used by the Romans — and, well, later first revived by Italian nationalists following the 1861 unification of Italy and then from the fascists of World War II. Therefore, the origins of the name “Mare Nostrum” can be traced back into the era of the Roman Empire, but one really need not look back that far in time to have a clue as to why it was named as such from the Italy of the early 1940s. Funnily enough, many sources say that the 1943 model of the Mare Nostrum never made it into production due to the turmoils of this war — sounds like a lazy explanation, since at what other time than through warfare would a watch made particularly for the army be of no real use? Anyhow, Panerai also generated other apparatus under the name Mare Nostrum — so while they were not too excited about the watch, they were keen on the name, it seems. Additional Panerai Mare Nostrum items contained delay and timing apparatus for torpedoes and some other explosives used by the Italian military during WWII — just check out that striking looking Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva caliber plus some nifty anti-vibration apparatus.

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 On Amazon 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.